August 23, 2004


In N.J., Pondering a Run For Governor -- or Not (David Finkel and Brian Faler, August 23, 2004, Washington Post)

Sen. Jon S. Corzine for governor?

Maybe not. Or maybe so. It depends on how much weight one gives to what the New Jersey Democrat says vs. what he adds.

Echoing a written statement he issued Wednesday, Corzine said yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "I respect" and "I accept" the decision by New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey (D) not to immediately resign in the wake of his announcement that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man.

However, Corzine added, if McGreevey were to step down by the Sept. 3 deadline for there to be a special election, he would be ready to run.

"If Governor McGreevey changed his mind and said, 'All right, I'm resigning immediately, there will be a special election,' would you run for governor?" host Tim Russert asked Corzine.

"I suggested directly to the governor I was prepared to do that," Corzine said.

The thing to remember is that Senator Corzine is running the Democrats Senate campaign this year, so he knows they're not only not retaking the chamber but losing seats. One of the bitter lessons of the GOP's 60 years in the congressional wilderness is that being in the minority is no fun. Knowing you'll be there your whole career makes it hard to recruit candidates and to retain good incumbents. He sees the handwriting on the wall and he wants out.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2004 8:24 AM

Poetic justice for Corzine would be if he gets McGreevey to step down before Labor Day, runs for governor and finishes behind Joe Piscopo among the state's Democratic voters.

Posted by: John at August 23, 2004 8:40 AM

I believe we should give the minority Dems exactly as much concern, compassion, and understanding as they gave us when they were on top -- NONE WHATSOEVER.

No quarter, no mercy.

Do you not hear El Deguello?

Posted by: Ken at August 23, 2004 12:32 PM

Even though Corzine running for NJ governor would be an easy win for him, and even though he'd appoint a Democrat to replace him, and he'd have no problem defending his seat, this would be great for America. Corzine is smarter than the average Democrat (stupid people don't make the money he made at Goldman Sachs, don't hold the Senate campaign against him he has nothing to work with.) and when Daschle is either voted out or scapegoated, he'd be in a prime position to take over as majority leader (being in a state where re-election for a Dem is a formality, and again, being smarter than the average Dem) he wouldn't be as easy for Frist and Bush to buffalo as Daschle and Reid were. Getting him into the governorship means he can only hurt Jersey and not the nation as a whole. Getting his guy out of the Senate would be a major victory even if another Dem replaced him.

Posted by: MarkD at August 23, 2004 7:05 PM