April 1, 2005


Bill Bradley to challenge Corzine for Governor (STEVE KORNACKI, 4/01/05, PoliticsNJ.com)

And just like that New Jersey Democrats have a ferocious gubernatorial primary on their hands.

Bill Bradley, who represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate for eight years and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, confirmed late Thursday night that he will enter the race for governor, delivering a stunning jolt to a state Democratic Party that thought it had warded off a primary when Acting Governor Richard J. Codey declined to seek a full term in February.

Bradley, who declared politics "broken" when he exited the Senate a decade ago, confirmed that he will emerge from a five-year absence from the public stage on Monday and formally announce his candidacy outside the State House.

I hate this day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2005 8:28 AM

Bradley's basketball background is in his favor. It could play well in Newark, Paterson, and other urban areas.

Politics aside, Corzine is where he belongs. Like Lautenberg, he's a wealthy, gum-flapping busybody in a Senate full of them.

Posted by: Ed Bush at April 1, 2005 9:24 AM


Except that Bradley himself has no charisma beyond the fact of his basketball fame. I never saw a worse campaigner nor more awkward man in my entire time on the '85 gubernatorial.

Posted by: oj at April 1, 2005 9:31 AM

Considering Corzine's voting record and some of his public statements, I'm trying to figure out what Bradley's campaign strategy will be -- run to his left and try to paint Corzine as his own big-money special interest? Run to his right as a more financially responsible candidate? Trying to do both at the same time -- especially with Bill's lack of charisma -- could lead to an embarrassingly unfocused campaign.

Posted by: John at April 1, 2005 9:39 AM

While it would nice if someone challenged Corzine, it is, unfortuantely, an April Fool's joke. Look at the last line. Too bad...

Posted by: Lee at April 1, 2005 12:49 PM

"I hate this day."


It's the day for those who want to be thought of as wits to demonstrate that they've only half the qualifications, and to make obvious why they don't (and shouldn't) try to be funny the rest of the year.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 1, 2005 1:21 PM

For every 1,000 horrible April Fool's Day jokes, of which a reasonable person might get suckered a dozen times, there is one gem. It has to do more than catch the gullible into believing the content of the joke. To be success, it must catch the gullible believing something truly outlandish. The Sidd Finch story quoted above is outlandish but somehow odd enough to be believable if you did not see the date of publication, and is therefore a true classic - perhaps the best of all the SI articles ever published. Bill Bradley running for governor is not outlandish enough to be in the same class.

Posted by: Lee at April 1, 2005 1:27 PM