Maybe Jon Corzine can get Chris Rock to start managing his ad campaign in his desperate attempt to cling to office. At least Rock would tell fat jokes with more humor than New Jersey’s governor, who decided to take a decidedly playground approach to criticizing his Republican opponent, Chris Christie. Even the New York Times criticizes Corzine for his tactics:
It is about as subtle as a playground taunt: a television ad for Gov. Jon S. Corzine shows his challenger, Christopher J. Christie, stepping out of an S.U.V. in extreme slow motion, his extra girth moving, just as slowly, in several different directions at once.
In case viewers missed the point, a narrator snidely intones that Mr. Christie “threw his weight around” to avoid getting traffic tickets.
In the ugly New Jersey contest for governor, Mr. Corzine and Mr. Christie have traded all sorts of shots, over mothers and mammograms, loans and lying. But now, Mr. Corzine’s campaign is calling attention to his rival’s corpulence in increasingly overt ways.
Excuse me, but Jon Corzine hardly has the standing to allege preferential treatment when it comes to driving behavior. Two and a half years ago, Corzine had state troopers drive him to a meeting with Don Imus at speeds exceeding 90 MPH. Inevitably, the troopers crashed, underscoring the threat to public safety such travel creates. Corzine could have killed other drivers on that road, the state troopers, or himself.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Corzine wasn’t bright enough to fasten his seatbelt during Mr. Governor’s Wild Ride.
But back to the fat jokes. Corzine’s head is so fat … well, let’s not go there.
This has the definite whiff of desperation, which is odd, because public polls show Corzine climbing back into a statistical dead heat with Christie, who has not exactly set the world afire in the Garden State. Monmouth University pollsters say that their surveys showed that people have a strong association between Christie and his weight. Monmouth believes that Corzine’s campaign saw the data and decided to capitalize on the connection.
That’s the kind of decision-making one sees in playground bullies, but preferably not in public officials. Jim Geraghty wonders when the “your momma” jokes will start. Maybe Christie will take the Gene Hackman role in Heist in playing the dozens with Corzine:
Update: Jim says not to forget Corzine’s jokes about Italians and Jews. It’s like a Dean Martin roast, only much less funny.