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STATE—Gov. Jon Corzine’s standing with the New Jersey public is suffering along with the economy.

According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 40 percent of voters approve of the job Corzine is doing while 46 percent disapprove—a reversal from January when 46 percent approved and 40 percent disapproved. “The governor is taking his lumps along with the rest of New Jersey,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.

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RAHWAY – Republican municipal chairman Patrick Cassio endorsed former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan as his choice to be New Jersey’s next governor on Wednesday.

“The only way we’re going to change the way things are in New Jersey is to elect someone who has been a small town mayor, who knows the common person like me in Rahway. That’s Steve Lonegan,” Cassio said at a news conference in front of his home.

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EDISON – At a Monday afternoon press conference attended by approximately 60 supporters and members of the press, conservative Republican and anti-tax advocate Steve Lonegan announced that he would run for governor next year.

 

Lonegan is determined to slash the size of government – and government spending—by 20 percent through layoffs, eliminating programs and “devolving government from Trenton to local municipalities.”

“New Jersey was built on that fundamental belief – the belief is individual freedom, defending liberty and letting every individual fulfill their potential,” Lonegan said.  “Over the last decades, we’ve seen that philosophy undermined—undermined by a growth of government that has accelerated the entitlement state and reliance not on opportunity, but on government handouts.”

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rep-buttonUNION COUNTY—Assemblyman Jon Bramnick says Republicans in New Jersey should not campaign on family values, but several conservatives groups are calling the lawmaker’s statements “divisive and offensive.”

Bramnick made strategy comments after declaring that he favors out-going U.S. Attorney Chris Christie as the GOP nominee in next year’s governor’s race.

“When we try to preach moral values or social values we’re going to be perceived as intolerant,” said Bramnick, founder of the moderate New Republican Policy Committee.

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The Shapiro ReportBy Michael M. Shapiro

Will Gov. Corzine decide not to seek re-election and instead serve in the Obama administration in some capacity?  Will Chris Christie decline to seek the governorship or will he lose in a Republican primary?  A betting man would say that Corzine and Christie are the most likely candidates to run in the general election for governor of New Jersey a little less than a year from now.  Given this hypothetical scenario, one thing is certain:  It will be a battle of the titans.

On the side of Gov. Corzine, there is his near-infinite ability to spend his own money to win re-election.  He has the Democratic powerbrokers and ground game, including the unions, which have the facility to mobilize massive amounts of voters.  He also has the benefits of incumbency, including free publicity for the rest of his term, wherever he travels, whatever he says.  

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The Shapiro ReportBy Michael M. Shapiro

New Jersey Democrats are basking in the glory of a solid national Democratic showing; however, closer to home, the prospects for this coming election are currently not looking rosy. They have good reason to be concerned.

Millions of people throughout our nation have unrealistically high expectations for President-elect Obama. A panacea where partisanship becomes a thing of the past will, in all probabilities, simply not occur. While Obama will try to tackle the problems facing our nation, there is no easy fix to the majority of them. The choices are painful and the American people will not be happy when these difficult decisions are made by the President and the Congress. Furthermore, a significant number of our most pressing issues, from the economy to healthcare to the environment to terrorism, will not be solved in a year and are most likely to get worse before they get better.

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By Michael M. Shapiro

Gov. Corzine may have an upside down 40%-51% approval rating; however, he is still in a dead heat with current United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Chris Christie, in a hypothetical matchup for the 2009 gubernatorial election. 

This disclosure is not new.  In August, a poll showed that Christie would defeat Gov. Corzine by only 1% in a theoretical race.  Given the governor’s low approval numbers, it should give him comfort that his strongest Republican challenger can only muster a tie despite all of the problems facing the New Jersey and the shockingly low approval ratings of the Democratic legislature.  

Christie, a former freeholder and fundraiser for President Bush’s initial campaign for the White House, has made battling corruption his top priority.  During his tenure, a number of high-profile politicians have been indicted and convicted, including Newark Mayor Sharpe James. 

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