Tomorrow, New Jersey voters have a chance to prove to themselves and the rest of the country that liberalism is doomed to fail.
The race for governor is as close as can be, with incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie in a statistical dead-heat, while Independent Chris Daggett trails hopelessly behind.
New Jersey is the definition of a failed, northeastern-liberal bulwark, with Democrats in control of the state legislature for decades. Under Corzine’s stewardship, it has made an almost unbelievable decent further into a cesspool of failure.
What do we have to show for it? Here are a few “low-lights” of our current situation:
- New Jersey has the highest state/local tax rate in the country.
- It has the 3rd highest corporate tax rate.
- Only 4 other states have sales tax rates (7%) as high as New Jersey.
- We have the highest property tax rates in the nation.
- We have a projected 2010 budget deficit of $10 billion.
- Our auto insurance rates are 3rd highest in the nation.
Not only has Corzine contributed to this deplorable set of circumstances for the last four years as Governor, but he’s been a prime-mover of them as one of New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators for the four years prior. (Even his bio page on Wikipedia, a place where liberals are usually treated with kid-gloves, reads like a list of dirty deeds.)
Despite a concrete record of failure, almost half of New Jersey voters say they will vote for him.
I just don’t get it.
Many talking-heads and political gadflies have stated that this election is a “referendum” about Obama, be it concerning his policies or the size of his coattails.
The fact that an ultra-liberal, New Jersey incumbent governor is tied with a Republican of any stripe is pretty remarkable. That it comes on the heels of a radical liberal like Obama being elected as President, and the situation becomes absolutely stunning.
If Corzine wins, it will be as expected as rain in Seattle. However, if he loses, it will be a tectonic upset of monumental proportions.
(And don’t give me any of that “Christie Todd-Whitman won here” bunk as proof of a swing-state electorate. She was nothing more then a vapid RINO, swept up in the gale of the ’94 Republican Revolution. She could easily have had a “D” in front of her name, as she instituted many hidden fees and three-card-monty bond schemes that are indicative of New Jersey democrats.)
I see so many comments saying that the citizens of New Jersey deserve what they get. For those who vote all liberal all the time, that’s true.
But, there are some of us who don’t drink the kool-aid.
This opportunity may not be “change we can believe in”, but it may be proof of a belief that we can change.