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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Forrester for Governor 

To my mind there's no great problem deciding on my vote on Tuesday. Granted, I'm a partisan Republican and, without a very strong reason, would vote for the Republican candidate anyway. But while the case for Doug Forrester may not be that strong, the case against Jon Corzine is rock solid. He bought his way into a Senate seat, he's done little or nothing in that position, he's locked himself into the culture of corruption in New Jersey politics and he's presented himself as a confused and clueless hack in the present campaign.

What kind of state do we live in when a $450,000 gift to a labor boss who subsequently endorses the donor is shrugged off? It's either what it appears to be or an act of such political simpleness as to be much more worthy of pity than a vote.

The whispering campaign against Corzine in recent weeks is contemptible and foolish. Those who indulge in such tactics are kidding themselves if they think they're helping Forrester's campaign. We've reached a truly absurd state when Democrats are in a position to lecture Republicans on campaign etiquette. I can let that go as there is no indication any of this emanated from the Forrester campaign.

There's no Kean and no Bradley in this race. Doug Forrester is a capable man and stands in the political center. A little too center, perhaps, for me, but this is New Jersey and he's the best I'm going to get.

New Jersey needs someone who can begin the process of breaking down the institutionalized corruption in this state. That person is not going to be a Democrat and it's most certainly not Jon Corzine. Since the phony financing charges against him have blown away I see nothing in Doug Forrester that is tainted by political or personal corruption.

He's presented sensible policy prescriptions and a calm, but forceful demeanor.

I'm voting for him.
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