November 13, 2005

ONE SEAT CLOSER TO 60:

Senate GOP eyes Corzine seat to maintain majority (Donald Lambro, November 13, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

"As much as we wanted to win the governorship, part of us were hoping Corzine would win so the Senate seat would open up, because we have a good shot at getting it," an unidentified Republican Party campaign official said.

Some polls show the Republicans' likely Senate nominee, state Sen. Tom Kean Jr., is leading two possible Democratic candidates in hypothetical matchups. The state has not elected a Republican senator since Clifford Case, who retired in 1979.

Which cancels out the Santorum loss.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2005 8:35 AM
Comments

Hate to say it but NJ seems so blue that a mafia connected pedophile (with pictures) arsonist Dem Senate nominee would still beat the GOP nominee.

Posted by: AWW at November 13, 2005 11:12 AM

Kean has enough of a family name to give him a boost in N.J. Then it will come down to the national image of the GOP vs. what Corzine actually does during his first 10 months as governor. While New Jersey voters may not be happy with the national GOP, the state's Democrats really have run out of options if Corzine's administration in Trenton turns into just more of the same as the past four years.

Posted by: John at November 13, 2005 11:56 AM

Seeing what new and creative way the Stupid Party will find to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is what makes this interesting.

But more seriously: does Corzine get to name the schlub who fills out his last year? (and when>) As far as I know, only Oregon requires an election within a few months (as with Packwood's resignation a while back.) I don't expect Corzine to do a Wilson and appoint as his successor a nobody guaranteed to lose next year. But will he do a Murkowski, and make it an exercise in cronyism and nepotism? (Which, considering Joisey's reputation, would be the smart move..)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 13, 2005 1:07 PM

Don't write Santorum off just yet - there is a tremendous groundswell in PA against the state government right now, due to a sneaky pay raise (signed by Rendell) which resulted in the defeat of a Supreme Court justice last week (first time that happened in 45 years). He was of course totally unrelated to the issue, but got caught up in the anger. Bob Casey exemplifies PA government, and Santorum can use that. Rendell is now probably 50-50 with re-election, and he still has his crackpot Lt. Governor around his neck.

Besides, Santorum's lead question all next year just has to be "Why vote for Chuck Schumer, Jr.?".

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 13, 2005 1:33 PM
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