November 5, 2009

THE GOP KNOWS HOW TO DO CAMPAIGNS CENTERED ON TAX

Inability to lower taxes helped cost Gov. Corzine his job (Karl Vick, 11/05/09, Washington Post)

In the end, Republican Chris Christie was propelled into the New Jersey governorship by the same force that pushed him so far ahead in early polls in the year-long campaign: angry, widespread resentment over the state's finances, especially the property taxes that incumbent Jon S. Corzine was elected promising to cut.

"I'm tired of Corzine. We have the highest property taxes in the United States," said John Kempton, a retired funeral director delighted to help lay the Democrat to rest as a one-term governor. He smiled over his coffee at a diner counter in Ocean County, a woodsy, middle-class suburban expanse of the state's midsection, where the verdict on Corzine was especially emphatic: Christie, 65.7 percent; Corzine, 28.5 percent.

"Ocean County is emblematic of the dissatisfaction with high property taxes, and dissatisfaction, really, with the definitive promises that Corzine made about taxes four years ago," said Peter J. Woolley, director of polling at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


When I worked on the gubernatorial, almost a quarter century ago, the number one issue was property taxes. If Christie can drive them down he's golden.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2009 6:30 AM
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