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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christopher Christie Wins New Jersey Governor’s Seat

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger who had vowed to clean up public corruption, defeated the Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine for the New Jersey governor’s seat on Tuesday.

Chrisite defeated Corzine in a hard fought race full of mudslinging, and in a contest many saw as a referendum on the Obama administration.

Christie, a Bush appointee, stepped down as U.S. Attorney of Newark last December to launch his bid for governor.

In Mudslinging NJ Gov. Campaign, Corzine Takes Shot at Christie About U.S. Atty Appointment

Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo
Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Slinging mud right til the end, New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine told the New York Times he regretted supporting the nomination of  Christopher S. Christie for U.S. Attorney back in 2001.

“New information, new conclusion,” Corzine told the Times about Christie, his Republican challenger for governor . The election is Nov. 3.

Christie, who resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey to launch a campaign for governor and try and unseat Corzine, shot back in a separate interview.

As the Times described it:”Mr Christie, somewhat theatrically, struggled for several moments to name three things the governor had done right,” the Times wrote.

“Let me think,” he told the Times. “Um…I would probably say I think over all his prosecutorial appointments have been good.”

Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie’s Crime Buster Image Being Tarnished in NJ Gov Race

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In New Jersey, a landscape flush with plenty corruption, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie entered the gubernatorial race as a crime buster out to rescue the state.

But in the past few months, his Democratic opponent Jon Corzine and the media have done plenty to try and tarnish that image, accusing the Republican Christie of ethical breaches while he worked as the Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney in Newark from 2002 to 2008.

The latest question mark comes from the Newark Star-Ledger, which reported on Sunday that Christie, just before he quit, hired the son of a mentor and friend  over the objections of fellow federal prosecutors.

“Christie hired Samuel Stern over objections from nearly every assistant U.S. attorney who interviewed him, according to three federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the hiring process,” the Star-Ledger reported. Samuel Stern is the son of  Herbert J. Stern.

“They contended Stern, who at the time was two years out of law school, lacked the experience to become a federal prosecutor, the officials said,” according to the Star-Ledger.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Could Benefit From News of Latest N.J. Corruption

Public corruption has long plagued New Jersey. Now it’s certain to come up in the governor’s race.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

Claire Heininger, Josh Margo and Josh Margolin
Newark Star-Ledger

A week ago, Gov. Jon Corzine was riding high, beaming onstage as President Obama heartily endorsed his re-election.

Yesterday, a grim-faced Corzine stepped to another podium to address a very different topic: political corruption — a hammer his Republican opponent, Chris Christie, has been using for months.

The allegations leveled against a host of public officials roiled the landscape of an already contentious governor’s race between Corzine and Christie, the former U.S. attorney who built his reputation on sending politicians to jail.

While both candidates shied away from talking about the politics of the arrests, officials in both parties said Christie will benefit from the return of corruption to the headlines in a race dominated by the economy.

Christie already leads Corzine by double digits in several recent polls.

“Christie doesn’t even have to talk about public corruption — public corruption is what people are going to see, hear about and hear more about for the next month at least,” said New York-based Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who has worked in New Jersey.

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Christie’s Anti-Corruption Ad

Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Easily Wins Republican Primary for N.J. Governor

The ex-U.S. Attorney has a good brand name and is likely to give the incumbent Jon S. Corzine a run for his money. In fact, Christie leads in polls against Corzine. But the race is still young. Would a Republican victory give the Republican party a glimmer of hope after a poor showing at the polls nationally? The party hasn’t had much to celebrate as of late.

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
New York Times

Christopher J. Christie, a former prosecutor who sent a parade of corrupt New Jersey politicians to prison, handily won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday, earning the right to try to dislodge the state’s embattled Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine.

His romp past Steven M. Lonegan, a feisty former mayor, sets the stage for what could be a fierce and expensive confrontation with the wealthy Mr. Corzine, who came to office vowing to rescue the state from financial crisis but has watched his popularity sink to record lows as the recession made matters worse.

“I think he’s a good man, and I think he’s well-intentioned,” Mr. Christie said of Mr. Corzine. “But he is simply wrong for this job.”

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Christie’s Campaign Ad