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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Corzine Sings the Blues

New Jersey only has three state-wide elected officials – the governor and two senators – all of which are currently Democrats. Which politician is the most popular in the state – Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator Bob Menendez or Governor Jon Corzine?

As of April 20, Lautenberg has a 43% approval to 43% disapproval rating, Menendez stands at 40% approval, 37% disapproval and Corzine is at 36% approval and 56% disapproval. Not quite 100 days into to his term as governor and Corzine has gone from first to worst. The Governor is singing the budget blues:

Gov. Jon Corzine is all over the state singing the praises of his monetary masterpiece, the all-time record $31.9 billion state budget. Naturally, Corzine is accompanied by the marvelous Democratic Rinky Dinks - majority-booked in the Legislature for two years. From Turnpike to Parkway, from interstate to city streets, Corzine remains obscured from his adoring fans in his limo-tinted SUV, which stands for Some Ugly Vehicle.

But two polls suggest Corzine's fan base is eroding. On April 4, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll reported that only 30 percent said Corzine convinced them that the tax increases he proposed are necessary to balance the budget. The respondents said spending cuts should be favored over tax increases, 56 to 27 percent.

The Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind survey, also published April 4, was more harsh: 61 percent said raising the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent was a bad idea. That poll said 67 percent of voters suggested the state should hold the line on spending, even if state programs are reduced. Only 21 percent said the state should increase taxes to maintain programs.
Corzine keeps playing that same broken record and singing off key at the top of his lungs – tax and spend, la di da.
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