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Corzine’s Experiment: Can Attack Ads Cover Up… Well, Everything Else?

I know it will shock you that Jon Corzine, embattled governor of New Jersey, is running another attack ad against Republican Chris Christie.

In other New Jersey news, 13.1 percent of all mortgages in the state are delinquent or in foreclosure process, the 12th worst rate in the nation, and there were 9,132 bankrupcy filings in 2nd quarter, the 13th worst out of all fifty states. Despite all the stimulus funds, unemployment is 9.3 percent, employment in construction is 12.2 percent lower than a year ago, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 101 “layoff events” in the state in July, compared to 47 in February.

Under Corzine, New Jersey’s state/local tax-burden percentage has gone from the third-highest in the country to the highest in the country. On health insurance, it was an estimated 800,000 uninsured in a population of 7,880,508 in 1993, about 10.1 percent. Under Corzine, it is estimated at 1.4 million out of 8,682,661, about 16.1 percent. The state has the third-highest insurance rates in the country,

I realize Christie can’t completely ignore questions when he admits a loan to a subordinate, etcetera. But he’s looking a little shaky and complacent in a race that ought to be a runaway win. Christie has a remarkably easy argument to make: Four years ago, Jon Corzine campaigned on improving the state’s economy, access to health care, tax burden, car insurance rates, and by every measure, he’s left the state worse off than it was before.

What will Jon Corzine do in a second term? And if he has such great ideas for handling a deep recession, what hasn’t he already proposed and passed them? If the ship of state is sinking, why should the voters retain the captain who steered it onto the rocks?

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