November 7, 2009

EVERYONE WANTS SOMETHIN' FOR NOTHIN'...:

Turning New Jersey red (RUSS SCHRIEFER, 11/7/09, Politico)

Just as important as the political environment being “open” to electing a Republican was the candidate and his message.

For seven years Chris Christie earned a stellar reputation as a U.S. attorney, convicting over 136 public officials on corruption charges. His work earned bipartisan praise, even from Gov. Corzine. We believed from day one that Christie’s record as an independent crime fighter gave voters the permission they needed to believe he could change Trenton, particularly with taxes and the economy. This summer, when an FBI raid brought down numerous public officials, it was less about corruption and more about New Jerseyans once again being disappointed by a state government out of control.

In a time of economic uncertainty, voters, particularly independents, cared more about New Jersey’s status as the highest taxed state in the nation than Christie’s driving record or his weight (both of which were subjects of Corzine ads). By focusing on the economic message and not getting distracted by launching retaliatory personal attacks on Gov. Corzine, we kept talking to voters about issues they cared about.


...no one wants to pay for it. Let Democrats run on spending more while you run on cutting what it costs us all.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2009 8:19 AM
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