Can Republicans win in Virginia and New Jersey?

posted at 12:12 pm on February 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Not so long ago, Republicans didn’t need to ask that question about either state, mostly because they owned Virginia and Democrats owned New Jersey.  Real Clear Politics detects a shift in both states now that may put the governor’s chair within reach of the GOP.  Could this signal the start of a rebound?

New polling suggests that New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine faces a difficult challenge for re-election this year. A Monmouth University poll released last week shows that just 34% of Garden State voters approve of the job Corzine is doing, compared to 51% who disapprove. Another recent survey shows that Republican Chris Christie, who as the state’s hard-charging U.S. attorney has pursued a number of high-profile corruption cases, is leading the Democrat 44% to 38%.

In Virginia, the only other state holding a gubernatorial election this year, Democrats face an uphill battle against former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell. A Rasmussen survey conducted on Feb. 4 had McDonnell leading each of his three potential rivals, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, former state Delegate Brian Moran and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe. None is as well known statewide as McDonnell, who will watch from the sidelines until the Democratic primary on June 9.

Circumstances in both states could certainly change by November. But more than the strength of Republican candidates, there’s a unique historical pattern that should have Democrats concerned. Since 1989, the party that has controlled the White House has lost gubernatorial elections in each state.

That makes this both interesting bellwethers.  Will history continue to play itself out by dumping Democrats, and potentially reversing the momentum they have gained in Virginia?  Or will the after-effects of Hope and Change from November hinder Republicans in 2009?

In a way, the history plays against the GOP here.  We’d expect the Republicans to win both races as part of a pattern.  If they lose, Democrats could point to the anomaly and say, perhaps with some truth, that the electoral winds have truly shifted and that 2008 represented a realignment of the American electorate.  If Republicans win these races, they won’t be able to make the case that the elections repudiate Obama’s politics, at least not very substantially — not unless a few more elections go their way between now and 2010.


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Corzine has done to New Jersey what Obama will do to the rest of the nation.

He has been a disaster for us

and yes, we can win in NJ!

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Are McDonnell and Christie prolife?

‘Cause that’s all that matters ya know.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Ed, why no story on the fact that Mark Sanford is taking the Porkulus money?

Jim62sch on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

There are a lot of people who are really pissed off with all this “Socialism” crap……….

Seven Percent Solution on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Corzine is a joke. Even New Jerseyans can see the irony that a former Goldman Sachs man can’t run the state budget.

As a NJ resident, I will be voting for the challenger. And if I have any time and money, I might be helping out in other ways too.

Byzantine on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

What does the GOP stand for? Until that has a decent answer; basking in Democrat folly is a bad strategy.

lorien1973 on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Unfortuantely to the GOP, that’s all that matters.

lorien1973 on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Corzine has done to New Jersey what Obama will do to the rest of the nation.

He has been a disaster for us

and yes, we can win in NJ!

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 12:15 PM

NJ needs a republican. Corzine has created such a mess in this state.

jencab on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

lorien1973 on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

um, only half right

it seemed like a good strategy for the dems to attack the Republican’s folly

in fact, they now control Congress and the Presidency

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 12:20 PM

is there anything George Allen could run for statewide there to make a comeback?

jp on February 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Conservatives can win anywhere, as long as they stick to their principles, don’t apologize to the media for being conservative, and explain why conservative principles work better.

Republicans, not so much.

InterestedObserver on February 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Congress had something like a 10% approval rating late last year. Democrats still won NJ. Don’t get too excited about any prospects in that state in the near future.

Kelligan on February 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Could this signal the start of a rebound?

Uh oh Demokrats… ya better call ACORN.

garry on February 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Corzine has done to New Jersey what Obama will do to the rest of the nation.

He has been a disaster for us

and yes, we can win in NJ!

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 12:15 PM

As a NJ resident, I can agree he has been a complete disaster, especially with the whole toll increase controversy.
Still, I think he will probably pull it out.

rreedstceelz on February 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

yes we can.

rob verdi on February 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I was driving home a few weeks ago on the Garden State parkway and passed a car that was covered in homemade signs saying “Corzine Must Go” and other more colorful phrases. I was really surprised. I’ve never seen anything like it. I have some gay friends in Jersey who have never voted Republican in their lives and they are not going to vote for Corzine. They tell me all their friends feel the same way.

I kinda have a feeling the Democrats will pull a Torricelli before this is over and get Corzine off the ballot.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I live in NJ and Corzine has been an unmitigated disaster as has the democratic state legislature. I would like to think that NJ will vote in a Repulican gov, but I highly doubt it. NJ repeatedly votes in the same corrupt greedy politicians and then bitches about them. I don’t think they can break the cycle.

Willie on February 19, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Of course the Republicans will boot this election in NJ by running some right wing yahoo against Christie in the primary and chasing away those gay voters and other Democrats who are ready to vote against Corzine. But hey at least we’ll be standing on our principles!!

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Ed, why no story on the fact that Mark Sanford is taking the Porkulus money?

Jim62sch on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Ed, I emailed Allah about it, forgot to include you. Either way, are you guys brave enough to put that story up here and make a snarky comment about it like you do with related stories about Palin? Or is it that you know it would not generate near the posts that a Palin thread would. Hmmmmm…. inquiring minds want to know.

davek70 on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Fully expecting the GOP to screw these opportunities up.

ignorantapathy on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I don’t even think Corzine would have won last time if there wasn’t some BS here in Hudson county over primary voting for Schundler.

I think Christie has a great shot since Corzine is running us into the ground. He cut some jobs just to create high paying jobs where he put his friends.

Rbastid on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I do not think there is a chance for the GOP to gain these Governorships, ACORN is rolling in the dough.

Guest1.1 on February 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM

In the long run I think NJ is going to remain a Dem state, but I think we might be able to win a cycle or two based on dissatisfaction with current trends.

thirteen28 on February 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Will ACORN be involved?

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Running against the other party’s problems, with no solutions of your own, is a pretty shitty platform. But it’s worked pretty well for the Dems the last two elections so what the hell…

BTW, the Virginia governorship has gone to the party that lost the presidential election the previous year the last 8 elections.

BuzzCrutcher on February 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Take a quick ride through Jersey, gas is cheap, tolls are increasing by the minute. Taxes are insane. They have a summer full of tourism and this guy is still outspending it all. Talk about a Dem practice “we wont tax them just raise the tolls” (4 times in 3 years.) Say it funds some great program hmmm Cars & residents action program . The CRAP program. Brilliant.”
Sarc

Tremmy on February 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

thirteen28 on February 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

We should be satisfied with even small or short termed victories. Like a football team that needs to get a first down.

Move the markers NJ.

You…con…do…it!

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

No, they won’t win either one. The GOP in VA is a joke, and NJ is a Dem state through and through.

changer1701 on February 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Can Republicans win in NJ?

A year ago, I’d have snorted in derision. The last Republican governor in NJ, Christine Todd Whitman, was a RINO who pretty much single-handedly killed the GOP’s chances. (She still doesn’t get it.)

But now? It’s a toss-up. Maybe a Republican — a non-RINO Republican — can win. But that’s not gonna happen until and unless apathetic NJ denizens rear up on their hind legs, take a good long look around, and cry “Enough of this bullcrap!”

Hey, it could happen. And gods help us if it doesn’t, because our Democrat overlords will take that as a mandate to further run this state into the mud.

Paul_in_NJ on February 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

In case anyone thinks that proper elections and recounts don’t matter – McDonnell barely won his election as Virginia Attorney General over Creigh Deeds. Some of the Koz Kidz wanted the Democrats to file lawsuits and protest the election. If they had succeeded McDonnell would not be the frontrunner in this election.

It’s fun to see the Democrats engaged in a ruinous primary for a change.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Bottom line: people want truth and hard work from their leaders – honesty works wonders regardless of a “D” or “R” behind the official’s name. We teach our children to put off “gratification” now – work hard, study, get an education – stay out of trouble, and you’ll have a good life. The Messiah is flipping everything upside down confusing hard working moms and dads and kids too. He’s saying, “Golly Gee, so you did ‘buy’ that $350,000 4-bedroom house just after you got out of prison, without a job and no income – and OH MY GOD no wonder society hurt you and you can’t pay your mortgage – not to worry, ACORN is here to help you!” The Messiah is insidiously undermining what parents are trying to teach their kids, by promoting an environment of “do anything” and Uncle will bail you out anyway! Not good. The fabric of America’s greatness is being torn apart by this guy – we are hemorrhaging already as a people – and I’m afraid for the future – and afraid for what sort of America my kid is going to have.

Cinday Blackburn on February 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I live in NJ.

Chris Christie:

http://www.christiefornj.com/on-the-issues

“Chris will make sure all our kids get the education they deserve.”

ugh.

He’s fair on his talk of fiscal matters. Bad on just about everything else.

Corzine doesn’t even talk about issues on his page.

I’m not sure if the LPNJ will nominate a governor.

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

STEVE LONEGAN for Gov!
The man is Aces!
Spread the word. Support him any way you can.

http://www.lonegan.com/Home.aspx

lostinjrz on February 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

…2010.

I, for one, am looking forward to 2010 when Peter Schiff unseats that crook Dodd.

Rae on February 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Tremmy on February 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM

New Jersey is in deep doodoo now because it’s relied on gambling taxes from Atlantic City for years. AC is declining because of the slots in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Taxes are already too high and they can’t raise them to make up for the lost gambling revenue. Plus a ton of laid off casino workers are draining the unemployment fund and not paying taxes now. The cuts on Wall Street have hit northern Jersey as well. It’s a real fiscal mess. I’m not sure why anyone would want to be governor right now.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM

We have to win – in 2010. We have to.

And the voices have spoken.

http://www.therightscoop.com/video-of-the-week-rick-santelli-the-voice-of-the-country/

funsutton on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Rush Limbauge is having a GREAT show today… Pointing out with BOLD BRIGHT CONTRASTS between a free market and a free people as a contrast to The Messiah and his cult… Winning CAN BE EASY!!! It really can… Here is a very simple way:

Until we as Conservatives can change the “entitlement” mentality we are doomed… The message is clear to me:

Health Care = Not A Right

Home Ownership = Not A Right

Employment = Not A Right

TV, VCR, XBOX = Not A Right

Bling & Fancy Car = Not A Right

Food Stamps = Not A Right

On Demand Abortions = Not A Right

Welfare Check = Not A Right

*** Any questions?

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I, for one, am looking forward to 2010 when Peter Schiff unseats that crook Dodd.

Rae on February 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

ha. I’d vote for him.

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I, for one, am looking forward to 2010 when Peter Schiff unseats that crook Dodd.

Rae on February 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Good luck with that. Schiff will sink himself, even against a dip like Dodd.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I think is possible with the right candidate but it’s going to be a long and difficult battle. Esspecially in New Jersey. Virginia is not somuch out of reach because the black vote is not going to be as high as in 2008.

is there anything George Allen could run for statewide there to make a comeback?

No. George Allen needs to reamain in a suportive role for the good of his party.

clemycali on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Only 3% of all jobs created in NJ are in the private sector.
This is what Barry wants for America.

ouldbollix on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Check out Drudge. The video is a must-watch. A CNBC host begins ranting against Obama’s stimulus plans/mortgage bailouts and the Chicago trading floor cheers him on.

amerpundit on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Only way I’d win where I live in NJ is as a blue dog democrat. But I think I’m to radical for the blue dogs; pro-guns, anti-drug war, anti-taxes, anti-GW legislation, anti-welfare haha

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

The Republicans cannot win in NJ. NJ is structurally a huge Democratic state, always has been, always will be. Over the years, the poll numbers have occasionally flirted with the GOP when a particular Democratic officeholder became unpopular. But the NJ voters never punish the party.

If Corzine proves unelectable, they’ll just sub another Democrat into his place, just like they did when Lautenberg pinch-hitted for Torricelli in 2002 after Torricelli got tagged up for corruption charges.

Outlander on February 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Only 3% of all jobs created in NJ are in the private sector.
This is what Barry wants for America.

ouldbollix on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Obama never worked in the private sector. I think he plans no one else will.

ignorantapathy on February 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Right-to-work.

F*** unions.

MadisonConservative on February 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

If ACORN and company can raise the dead voters in Newark, Elizabeth, etc the GOP will probably not be able to throw out Corzinne. Too many urban voters sucking us dry.

katiejane on February 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM

No. George Allen needs to reamain in a suportive role for the good of his party.

clemycali on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Why? Why do we let the press dictate our candidates over a single word?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Of course the Republicans will boot this election in NJ by running some right wing yahoo against Christie in the primary and chasing away those gay voters and other Democrats who are ready to vote against Corzine. But hey at least we’ll be standing on our principles!!

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

You mean Mayor Steve Lanagen ??? TaxpayerMinute.Com

He’s getting MY vote, he’s been fighting against the radical left in NJ for awhile and he has won in a HEAVY Dem town…

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

***Any questions?

Mark Garrnet on Feb 19,2009 at 12:41PM.

Mark Garrnet: Radio is on,and less than 2 minures ago,Rush called Obama Svengali,or sumpin close to that in spelling!:)

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Chris Christie can definitely beat Jonny the Beard.

This could shape up like 1993, when big wins in these states led to the sweeps of 1994. History is repeating itself and the way things are going the blowback against Obama-Reid-Pelosi could be more severe than the revolution of 1994.

JammieWearingFool on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I’m over here at Ground Zero for Christie’s run. He’s going to win. This state is so backwards from Corzine and the Democratic State Assembly. I would think a can of tunafish could beat Corzine right now. Perhaps the best thing is that Corzine pissed off the teacher’s union. If they don’t come out for Corzine, its a lock for Christie.

Vincenzo on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

???

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

The Republicans cannot win in NJ. NJ is structurally a huge Democratic state, always has been, always will be.

Outlander on February 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Yup, I used to live there.

Not only that, don’t forget that the Dems have ACORN, Springsteen and Bon Jovi on their side.

People democrats are suckers for entertainers.

UltimateBob on February 19, 2009 at 12:51 PM

NJ I rate as a basket case, a lost cause. New Jersey and conservatism are a bad match, because Joisey guys and goils likes their government to do everything for them. They may dislike the bearded troll Corzine, but they still loves em some big government bene’s. Conservatism has nothing to offer such folks. The GOP could conceivably win their by promising better big government, abetter kind of socialism, but that kind of crap-o isn’t going to get conservative (ie, non-socialist) hearts beating fast. Forget about NJ, focus dollars and efforts on purplish states.

james23 on February 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM

No, they won’t win either one. The GOP in VA is a joke, and NJ is a Dem state through and through.

changer1701 on February 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Respectfully disagree.

McConnell’s challengers here will bloddy themselves in the primary fight. I mean, Terry McAuliffe? He’ll throw every crap bomb he can against those two. He also has no chance of getting elected because he’s viewed as a carpetbagger and carries the stink of the Clintons.

Look, anything can happen. But, McConnell’s war chest is bigger than the other three combined, and he can build his team and get ready until May. He’s well known, respected and has no competition for the job as Bill Bolling wants the Lt. Governor seat again.

BacaDog on February 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM

???

Mark Garnet on Feb 19,2009 at 12:50PM.

Mark Garnet:If your listening to Rush,just before the break,
Rush was talking about the Bill signing,with no
one around,Obama wants to take all the credit!

Rush called him,Svengali!

Were you listening!:)

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I live in NJ. I don’t care what the polls say they always vote democrat and then bitch about the problems in NJ. Until the liberal morons in this state get rid of these thieves there will never be anything but, bleeding of the tax payer.

They had a chance to get rid of lousenberg and voted the known thief back in and they will vote menendez back in!

THEY NEVER LEARN IN THIS STATE!

xler8bmw on February 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

The major problem in Virginia statewide elections is the influx of liberals inside the Virginia beltway from other parts of the country. That explains the outcomes in the last few elections for governor and senators and president. The state legislature remains firmly in Republican hands. The state constitution mandates a balanced budget so all former Democratic governors in Virginia can run for other offices as a fiscal conservative. New Senator and former governor Mark Warner (D) is living proof of the politician that roams away from the fiscal responsibility reservation. He ran for the Senate as being fiscally responsible and the first thing he does as a senator is vote for “porkulus.” I knew he was a liar before he got elected. He just proved it to some who might have been undecided.

sdd on February 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I think its doable for both, but the Republicans really have to make the case for Conservative principles. And campaign on cleaning up government.

Iblis on February 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Yes.

Talking about how 40,000 households PAY OVER 50% of the ENTIRE BUDGET for the City of New York with a populace of 8 Million… This info from the Mayor of New York… WOW!
He’s worried about a tax increase for the “evil rich”…

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

For anyone thinking Christie can’t win, look at the polls. He’s already ahead of the very unpopular Corzine, who didn’t beat the hapless Doug Forrester by very much. There are still substantial pockets of GOP support in this state, so don’t be waving any white flags.

Nothing lamer than giving up on an election eight months early.

JammieWearingFool on February 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Were you listening!:)

canopfor on February 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I be. He played the Chicago Floor revolt too. Did you guys see the pictures on MM about the MESA protests?

Okay, time for another game of, what would the media say if this happened during the Bush Administration?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM

If Republicans win these seats, it will be an exact repeat of what happened in 1993. Which then was a prelude to the landslide GOP victory in 1994.

Norwegian on February 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Ed, why no story on the fact that Mark Sanford is taking the Porkulus money?

Jim62sch on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Ed, I emailed Allah about it, forgot to include you. Either way, are you guys brave enough to put that story up here and make a snarky comment about it like you do with related stories about Palin? Or is it that you know it would not generate near the posts that a Palin thread would. Hmmmmm…. inquiring minds want to know.

davek70 on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Two hands, or four hands, as the case may be, you shining wits (spoonerism).

Besides, I’d prefer that they compose a post on the foot-dragging of the Senate into looking into Chris Dodd’s ethics violations. That’s a much older, and far more important, story.

Dissatisfied? Head off to HuffPo. The Fairness Doctrine hasn’t arrived yet.

BuckeyeSam on February 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Steve Laringan is a much better choice then Christie in NJ., he is a real Conservative and has a proven track record of managing a Liberal town and winning in Dem areas…

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

JammieWearingFool on February 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I love that kid JammieWearingFools spunk. Give him a weapon Sergeant Major.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Sir, Yes Sir!

Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Virginia is pretty interesting. It had Democrat governors all through the Reagan and first Bush administrations then elected Republicans while Clinton was president. Warner and Kaine were elected after Bush won the presidency. It does seem to be a pattern.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

If Republicans win these races, they won’t be able to make the case that the elections repudiate Obama’s politics, at least not very substantially — not unless a few more elections go their way between now and 2010.

This is the problem with these “what ifs” just a month into the bad stewardship of the filthy liar’s administration. It is too soon to make the case about repudiation now, in February, but stunning overwhelming wins (particularly in NJ) could indeed make the case that the silent majority of the American public rejects the filthy liar and the era of bad stewarship he has ushered in.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

With Da Bama running back to his base, with news coming out about the corruption of democrats in Washingtom, and with the generic congressional ballot showing people headed back to the republican side …

I Believe In Change!

DannoJyd on February 19, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Virginia is pretty interesting. It had Democrat governors all through the Reagan and first Bush administrations then elected Republicans while Clinton was president. Warner and Kaine were elected after Bush won the presidency. It does seem to be a pattern.

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

The whole one-term and you are out dynamic also comes into play. It gives the state the chance to put in a foil to whatever is going on in DC. Sadly the liberal yankees that infest NOVA weakens the good solid values of real Virginians.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Ed, why no story on the fact that Mark Sanford is taking the Porkulus money?

Jim62sch on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Ed, I emailed Allah about it, forgot to include you. Either way, are you guys brave enough to put that story up here and make a snarky comment about it like you do with related stories about Palin? Or is it that you know it would not generate near the posts that a Palin thread would. Hmmmmm…. inquiring minds want to know.

davek70 on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Because noone cares about Sanford, he is a faux conservative and boring as hell. And a post like that would be inconsistent with Allahpundit’s crusade against Palin and his hilarious pumping of uninteresting GOP candidates like Sanford.

Norwegian on February 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Why? Why do we let the press dictate our candidates over a single word?

Because he showed poor judgement while spaking in public. He was aware of the fact that there are people recording every single word he said and he went along. So I can’t forgive him for being stupid and thats for open the door for the democrats in Virginia. GOP needs to pick its candidates carefully. Bullet proof conservative credentials shouldn’t be the only thing the party has to take into consideration for the important coming battles. But brains and media savy too. And in certain zones a more nuanced view over certain issues might be a requierment.

clemycali on February 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

The more conservative choice in NJ is steve lonegan

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Ed, why no story on the fact that Mark Sanford is taking the Porkulus money?

Jim62sch on February 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Only Female Governors of Alaska can be attacked here.

portlandon on February 19, 2009 at 1:17 PM

The GOP is a damaged brand, especially in NJ. We need an independent who runs on a strict plank of lower government spending, fewer government employees, lower taxes and less governmental interference in all aspects of life. That’s the only way to attract new businesses here, let alone keep what we’ve got. Forget all the religious shit and concentrate on where the Dems have completely screwed the pooch.

The Republican Governors we’ve had here have been essentially Democrats wearing blue blazers/skirts.

Mr. Bingley on February 19, 2009 at 1:21 PM

As a NewJersian, I can tell you conservatism is alive and well in the garden state, thankfully. There are a few conservatives to take on Corzine, but none with the name recognition of the firebreathing dragon, Christopher Christie. Christie can appeal to the middle for extra votes and has a strong reputation for going after corruption as NJ’s AG.

Whatever the case, I will do what I can as a citizen to help in any GOP nominee’s campaign to unseat the current governor.

RepubChica on February 19, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Christie has a golden opportunity in NJ.

Corzine enjoys unbelievable media protection in NJ. He’s embroiled in scandals, investigations and lawsuits, has been evasive and largely incompetant – like most democrats.

But the media basically ignores all that here in NJ.

Christie is popular and has a great reputation. The media will try like hell to tarnish him.

wildweasel on February 19, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Unfortuantely to the GOP, that’s all that matters.

lorien1973 on February 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

If you can’t even handle the simple issues (killing babies is wrong), how in the world do you expect to remotely handle the difficult ones?

dominigan on February 19, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Virginia, sure why not. It is basically a red state that had a brain freeze over the past few years and will probably go back to sanity soon enough.

NJ? I’d be excited about this if real Republicans were elected. But all that will happen is Corzine will be replaced with an Arnold like RINO who will do the same thing.

angryed on February 19, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Only 3% of all jobs created in NJ are in the private sector.
This is what Barry wants for America.

ouldbollix on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM

That can’t be right. Where did you get that stat? NJ is pharma country.

mph on February 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I was born and raised in Richmond. During the Presidential race I kept saying, “Not Virginia. Virginia will never vote for Obama.” Needless to say, when the election results came in, I was shocked. Every time I’d speak with my relatives (who were all life-long Democrats albeit conservative ones) who swore they could NEVER pull the lever for Obama. They didn’t. They stayed home. I still do not believe the tide has turned toward liberalism in Virginia and I think they are ripe for a conservative uprising.

tnmama on February 19, 2009 at 1:52 PM

That can’t be right. Where did you get that stat? NJ is pharma country.

mph on February 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I don’t if 3% is correct but the state has added jobs over the private sector by a pretty good clip since 2001

joey24007 on February 19, 2009 at 1:53 PM

IMHO the Republicans need to concentrate on the Commonwealth of Virginia. As for New Jersey it has always proved itself as a mirage in the desert sun for republicans. It looks good from a distance but when you get close it vanishes.

P.S. I am pulling for Christie

Dire Straits on February 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I think Va’s trouble is with the people coming out of the beltway. On top of that the local paper, that I firmly believe is misleading (or just plain lying), about politics in Va and the rest of the country.

The Roanoke Times says that the southwest pretty much loves Kaine, yet I’ve met less than a handful of people who aren’t pissed at him. There’s something going on in this state, but I’m not sure what yet. While I understand the southwest has a Dem congressman, the last election went blood red for McCain/Palin. Save for one county, Montgomery, and one city, Radford (that touches Montgomery).

On top of that, there was a protest in Richmond about the “stimulus” and a local tv channel said a bulk of these protesters were from southwest Va., something just smells BS down here in Va.

roopster217 on February 19, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I live in NJ, and Corzine is definitely vulnerable. The problem is that he can spend so much money on his campaign that it ends up paying huge dividends for him. But ironically, if Richard Codey was the Democratic candidate (former interim governor, very popular), the Dems would be in much better shape.

I will say the last few years NJ has been blue, but before that, not so much, I think. You had Tom Kean as governor, as well as Christie Todd Whitman. And after Florio raised everyone’s taxes, both Houses became Republican and veto-proof, and much of what Florio did was rolled back.

I will also say that contrary to what many HA commenters are for, there is absolutely no way a Pro-Life candidate is going to win in NJ. It killed Jim Courter (sp?) when he first ran against Florio, and it’s the primary reason that Bret Schundler (sp again?) can never win a statewide election here.

asc85 on February 19, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Or will the after-effects of Hope and Change from November hinder Republicans in 2009?

When the after-effects are like burping up part of a sardine and cabbage pizza, I don’t think they are a good thing.

Vashta.Nerada on February 19, 2009 at 2:18 PM

STEVE LONEGAN for Gov!
The man is Aces!
Spread the word. Support him any way you can.

http://www.lonegan.com/Home.aspx

lostinjrz on February 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

An excellent choice.

diogenes on February 19, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Who are you kidding New Jersey voters ? You’ll vote the same next election

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 19, 2009 at 2:27 PM

rockmom on February 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM

This is a recurring theme with you, Ma. Just so I know, how did moderately conservative Republican McCain do there? I know he lost, obviously, and I suspect that he lost badly. Why?

Jaibones on February 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Mc Lame lost everywhere. All moderates will loose everywhere

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 19, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Mc Lame lost everywhere. All moderates will loose everywhere

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 19, 2009 at 2:50 PM

MD Love your site. Is everyone in your band so Conservative?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 2:57 PM

New Jersey will vote Democrat forever.

No GOP money should be wasted there. It’s a lost cause.

New Jersey has been moving so far to the Left that only a RINO would have a chance. Which brings me to the point of why the GOP would even want to govern New Jersey. We all agree that RINOs are the death of the Republican Party, so just let New Jersey go and forget it forever.

jay12 on February 19, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Of course not, the bands been living in Pa. They don’t even vote..

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 19, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Talking about how 40,000 households PAY OVER 50% of the ENTIRE BUDGET for the City of New York with a populace of 8 Million… This info from the Mayor of New York… WOW!
He’s worried about a tax increase for the “evil rich”…
Mark Garnett on February 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

New York has the advantage of being the financial capitol of the free world, such that there will always be a huge number of bankers, lawyers, accountants, consultants, and corporate guys who will live there and pay their confiscatory taxes out of necessity. California doesn’t have that same luxury. The only industry that’s truly “tied” to the state is the entertainment business, and California’s high taxes and high cost of living has even started to hurt them there, as more and more TV shows and movies are filmed in Vancouver, Canada…

Outlander on February 19, 2009 at 3:04 PM

If you like that band go to http://www.malice420.com

MALICIOUS DISORDER on February 19, 2009 at 3:06 PM

No for the party of no.

getalife on February 19, 2009 at 3:07 PM

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