STATE—Democrats who are dissatisfied with Gov. Jon Corzine will have a choice to cast a ballot for Carl Bergmanson’s longshot effort in the June Democratic primary election.
“Gov. Corzine has done such a terrible job, he hasn’t kept any of his promises, and he does not deserve to go unchallenged in any venue,” said Bergmanson, who was interviewed by Michael Aron on the New Jersey Network television program, “On The Record.”
Bergmanson, who served as mayor in Glen Ridge, an Essex County community where he was also a councilman for nine years, said the fundamental problem for New Jersey is school funding, the driving factor behind high unfair property taxes.
“We continue to avoid the problem or we come up with proposals like the governor’s that will make things worse, not better,” said Bergmanson. “Until we solve the school funding problem, nothing else will be solvable.”
The insurgent candidate has posted many of his ideas and qualifications on a website at www.bergmansonforgovernor.com
“We have to retake our democracy,” said Bergmanson, who said lawmakers must take responsibility for a fair tax structure instead of allowing the Supreme Court to set the policy agenda.
“You have to maintain your integrity and that’s one of my big problems with the governor, “ said Bergmanson. “He made all these promises and he hasn’t kept any of them.”
Bergmanson noted that Corzine has raided dedicated state funds for other purposes and tried to break contracts with state employees.
The Democratic challenger also accurately predicted that the state’s finances are in worse condition that the administration previously disclosed. The treasury department subsequently released data showing the current fiscal year budget gap has widened by $2 billion.
If elected, Bergmanson would seek to raise speed limits on state highways and sign legislation to permit gay marriages, which he said is needed to eliminate discriminatory practices that allow some couples to gain benefits currently denied to other couples.
Far from being conciliatory toward his opponent, who is expected to spend $75 million of his own money in the campaign, Bergmanson makes it clear that he believes Corzine is unworthy of another term as governor.
“I will not under any circumstances support Jon Corzine for governor,” said Bergmanson. “He’s been a terrible governor, he’s lied to the people and he’s broken virtually every promise he made.”