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NJ Dems calling for McGreevey to step down quickly

by Josh K / August 16, 2004 5:56 AM PDT
Early exit is sought

TRENTON - Just hours after Gov. James E. McGreevey announced Thursday that he had carried on a secret homosexual affair and would leave office this November, factions within his own party began calling for an earlier departure, forcing a special election this year.

"The political reason is that it would be best for us," said a Bergen County elected official who recounted a conference call with like-minded Democrats in the region shortly after the governor's bombshell declaration. The official, who requested anonymity, added, "The voters should get a chance to choose the next governor."
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Interesting scenario ...
by Evie / August 16, 2004 6:01 AM PDT

... it sounds like Corzine is the "pick" to run in a special election. If he wins, he has to resign his senate seat, but as governer he then gets to appoint his successor. Hmmmm... I hear McGreevey and Toricelli are available Wink

Another interesting scenario would be a Steve Forbes vs. John Corzine race for the Governorship of NJ.

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You have to admit this
by Josh K / August 16, 2004 6:09 AM PDT

Politics in NJ is never boring!

FWIW I think he should pack his things and go too. He's not doing anyone any favors by remaining in office as a disgrace. Even Nixon had the sense to give one day's notice.

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Re: You have to admit this
by Paul C / August 16, 2004 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: You have to admit this

Josh,

My wife's uncle finally replied (guess he thinks his newspaper career's more important than me ;-)).

The odds on bet, says he, is that Sen. Corzine runs, if only to prevent your state Senate president (name escapes me) from running, as the party bosses feel more secure with Corzine. They've also figured out that they stand to get a colossal PR black eye if McGreevey is allowed to stay on and there is no election (they needed to study that?).

This way, they assume that the governor's seat (and thus Corzine's Senate seat) is safely theirs. They can't think of any Republican who'd run except maybe Bret Schundler, who they figure they can again successfully tar with the "extremist" brush.

Of course, should someone persuade Steve Forbes to run, all bets are off. Forbes, after all can self-finance even better than Corzine, as he has lots more money.

My thought is that the Republicans could score more than a few points by making a new logo for the state designed to resemble a certain Texas corporation's and making ads around it; you know, "Welcome to NJRon"?

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