Author: Rory B. Bellows
So I got an email from the Lonegan campaign about Christie racking up newspaper endorsements from liberal newspapers. I highly doubt that in New Jersqey newspaper endorsements mean all that much. This is not New Hampshire or Iowa where there is a newspaper such as the Union Leader or Des Moines Register that is central to state politics.
Interestingly enough, after I received that email I opened up this mornings New York Post to find that they had also endorsed Chris Christie. Given that the Post is not exactly the place Keith Olbermann goes for inspiration for his Speical Comments, I was curious as to why they would endorse Christie over the more tradionally conservative Lonegan. The Post’s endorsement boiled down to one thing: electiblity. The Post, as I do, see Christie as a small ‘c’ conservative. He is not going to engage in inflammatory rhetoric nor is he going to pursue an ideological agenda, but he does understand there are limits to government power. He believes there is a place in our lives for government and that government can be a force for good but it cannot be all things to all people. He may or may not believe government is as restrained in its ability to act as I do, and the Post notes this when they say Christie has been short on specifics, but the paper views him as the man to take down Corzine and check the out control democratic legislature.
Here I disagree. Democrats have a normal double digit advantage in party ID here in New Jersey. Yet in poll after poll, Lonegan runs even with Corzine or leads him by a margin that is within the margin of error. There is a great myth going around that Chris Christie is the only man who can beat Jon Corzine. That just is not true. In a poll released by Monmouth Univeristy, 47 percent of New Jersey voters, and 35 percent of New Jersey Democrats, say they would be more likely to vote for a Republican candidate for Governor if he promised a property tax cut. Lonegan is campaigning on a 20 percent property tax cut while Chris Christie has offered nothing in this regard. Taxes, spending and regulation are Steve Lonegan’s strong suit. He has a proven track record in this regard. With Chris Christie we have to trust in the fact that in his time as US Attorney he proved competent and willing to do the right thing. Lonegan has a record and a message that has appeal to over one third of Democratic voters. This election will not be a repeat of the Schundler/McGreevey fiasco of 2001 where McGreevey was able to scare the electorate on social issues. No one cares right now about abortion or gay marriage. This is election is set up for any Republican to win. Especially a Republican who wakes up every day for the sole purpose of cutting taxes.