THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE THIRD PARTY


Boris Spektor Illustration of Three New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates

Illustration by Boris Spektor

As New Jersey’s gubernatorial contest draws to a long-anticipated close, there are lessons to be learned from what has been another nauseating campaign season. We are not terribly surprised that the two major candidates, Jon Corzine and Chris Christie, have been relentless with their asinine attack ads and trivial barb-throwing. But we are surprised at how low they have stooped, and the extent to which they have disillusioned the New Jersey electorate.

Corzine has deflected accountability for his unfulfilled promises by calling attention to, of all things, Christie’s considerable girth.By way of

an embarrassingly insidious television ad, a raspy-voiced narrator informs viewers that as U.S. attorney, Christie “threw his weight around” to avoid being issued a traffic ticket. This ad aired after Loretta Weinberg, Corzine’s pick for lieutenant governor, personally assured The Perspective a few weeks ago that the tone of the campaign would henceforth be positive. Christie’s campaign, to be sure, hasn’t been much better – he has offered little more than vague conservative platitudes as solutions to the state’s dismal fiscal problems. The only bright point in the race has been the voice of Independent candidate Chris Daggett, whose popularity speaks to a growing discontent with the state’s two-party system. Unfortunately, it is that same two-party system that has rendered his candidacy, for all intents and purposes, inconsequential.

Locally, this discontent has manifested in the Corzine campaign’s lackluster showing on campus, which is covered in-depth on page 5. Though some on the editorial board do feel Corzine is ultimately the best choice for governor, we say so with enormous hesitancy, as well as disdain for the sophomoric way in which his campaign has been run.

All of us agree, however, that grassroots activism is often far more consequential than the buffoonery of state and national politics. TCNJ activists have asserted themselves in their advocacy of healthcare reform, LGBT rights, and other issues. Last month’s National Equality March, attended by over 65 students and faculty, was a resounding success. And it should serve to remind us that there will be an immensely important vote in the coming weeks to equalize marriage in New Jersey. To steal a Corzine campaign slogan: “Let’s keep it going.” Visit tcnjperspective.com for information on how to stay active and engaged.

Our inaugural issue, we are happy to report, was also a resounding success. We hope you will find this month’s edition even more compelling – stories of whistling, Harold Eickhoff, and a Jack Russell Terrier can be found within.

Lastly, as always, please get in touch with us if you’d like to submit content. Mazel Tov!

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  1. Mike P.,

    Please give one example of where the Christie camp was “relentless with their asinine attack ads and trivial barb-throwing”

    There is a fundamental difference between talking about your opponent’s factual record on taxes and spending… and talking about a candidates weight, a loan he made, the fact that he only testified for 4 hours before congress, and his driving record, none of which have anything to do with his potential ability as governor.

    The former type of ad is a legitimate ad that talks about the issues of the campaign, these were the types of ads that the Christie camps ran. If the question is about which campaign engaged in mudslinging, or shameful attack ads, it isnt even close… you’ll find that Mr. Christie didn’t run a single personal attack ad against governor Corzine. In fact you’ll notice he went out of his way not to talk about Carla Katz or the car accident the governor was in.

    While I’ll agree he was vague on a number of issues, dont criticize him for stooping to Jon Corzine’s level of running personal attack ads when he specifically didnt.

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