Rough road ahead

So, I return from a business trip to Florida and George Muschal is the new South Ward councilman and Chris Christie is New Jersey’s new governor.

Looking back on the gubernatorial race, it seems that the worldwide economic maelstrom – plus Gov. Jon Corzine’s failure to address the state’s property tax issue and reform official corruption – doomed his campaign.

Relatively independent voters and even more liberal citizens such as myself gravitated towards Mr. Christie as an alternative to the past.

Ironically, Mr. Christie won in a manner similar to U.S. President Barack Obama, who won by garnering the support of independent and even right-leaning voters sick of the extravagances of the Bush years.

Back in Trenton, it seems that Mr. Muschal’s organizational and financial advantages overwhelmed his opposition, which included several Hispanic candidates who stole votes from one another and assured Mr. Muschal’s victory.

Looking forward to the May 2010 municipal election, Mr. Muschal faces a tougher challenge.

Unless he takes 50 percent of the vote, plus one, he will deal with the city’s runoff election provisions, in an election that will be a totally different animal from November’s one-and-done vote.

Around that same time Mr. Christie will be wrestling with some of the toughest budget decision ever faced by a New Jersey governor, as he deals with Gov. Corzine’s going-away present – an $8 billion budget deficit.

There’s a tough road ahead for both men.

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  1. Michael McGrath

    I don’t know if you can say that George had financial advantages. It looks like he only spent a few dollars over $2K on the campaign.

    You did bring up a good point. With a runoff election, he might have to win 3 elections in 12 months! The only diff is that he appears to have a very strong > 40% block, and with less candidates and running as the incumbant he may very easily take more than 50%.

    I wonder who the malcontent filling up the Trentonian’s comment sections tearing down Avila is.

  2. edjcrushr1

    Yes, but I believe he had a significant personal financial advantage over his opponents. In a truncated campaign focusing on meeting constituents and GOTV efforts instead of worrying about money was probably advantageous.

    I assume most of the other candidates spent more time trying to raise money since they lack million-dollar businesses and sizable pension payments from nearly 40 years of police service.

  3. Mr. Clean

    Wait a minute. Someone bought you a plane ticket to go somewhere and do business? I’m sorry.

  4. Publius

    Are you saying you voted for Christie? Egads! The problem with the state is NOT property taxes–the property taxes we pay are the direct result of the hugely bloated municipal governments that we condone each time we go to the polls. Don’t blame ANY governor for that–blame the citizens of the state.

    Corzine may not have charismatic, but he was a financial watchdog and he didn’t pretend that the problems of NJ’s fiscal crisis were going to be solved by squeezing the cities and those with moderate to low incomes and pandering to the upper middle-class and wealthy suburban xenophobes. Now we will live under the same ridiculous set of economic “principles” that began this inevitable crisis during Whitman’s tenure.

    If someone like you can be fooled, then there really is no hope for Jersey.

    • edjcrushr1

      I voted for Christie because:

      A) I like his urban education policy better than Corzine’s, especially having seen firsthand what’s going into these horrendous city school districts. B) I like the guy, personally, having met him and spoken with him while at Rutgers. C) I am sick of corruption and he put a pretty good dent in that while U.S. Attorney. D) And I think I he’s less beholden to the special interest groups – state worker unions and the like – that have exacted much of the heavy tax toll that you speak of in your post.

      I guess most of the voters were “fooled,” huh?

      /gf/

  5. Publius

    I meant to say that Corzine may not have BEEN charismatic

    • Also (from PolitickerNJ.com) –

      Jon Corzine shut down State government, causing losses to New Jersey’s critical tourist industry and casino revenues.

      Jon Corzine caved to the demands of the state worker unions in recent contract negotiations without really cutting the number of state union employees.

      Jon Corzine gave sweetheart government business to Wall Street buddies while seeing a record number of New Jersey families and small businesses leave the State because of high taxes.

      Jon Corzine made nepotism permeate gubernatorial hiring practices by largely hiring Wall Street friends and former U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaign staff.

      Jon Corzine enhanced the used of “executive privilege” in hiding discussions with union leadership and others while engaging in secretive discussions to develop major public policy proposals.

      Jon Corzine was extremely slow in making needed appointments to the judiciary, commissions, boards, and other public bodies, resulting in perhaps the slowest appointment pace of any modern Governor.

      Jon Corzine talked a good game on ethics reform but refused to call for the resignation of indicted Senators Wayne Bryant and Sharpe James, and continues to donate huge sums of money to political bosses in North and South Jersey.

      Jon Corzine engaged in unprecedented secretive decision-making, without consulting community leaders, elected officials, legislators, government affairs professionals, or government agencies.

      Jon Corzine offended large segments of the statewide community, including many minorities, by refusing to take leadership on numerous issues ranging from increasing affordable housing, enhancing environmental rights, continuing the monitoring of racial profiling by State Police, and other matters.

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