“Since the accident, the State's punditry has dissected this event attempting to determine if it will help or hurt Governor Corzine's political fortunes. The verdict is in and the people have demonstrated their wisdom once again and decided not to kick the Governor when he's down. Should it really be a surprise that Governor Corzine is in a near fatal accident and the people of New Jersey respond with some compassion? Enough said, let's move on.
Getting right back to business, the Governor has his hands full if the Turnpike sale is needed to balance the State budget. In the short term, this proposal is dead, particularly in a legislative election year. In the long term, this idea gets packaged properly and flies through in lameduck.
At some point, these right track/wrong track numbers are going to stick to the Governor -- apparently, we are not at that point. Stay tuned.”
Comment by Michael P. Torpey (J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law). Michael is a former Chief of Staff to Governor Christine Todd Whitman and served as New Jersey Director of Campaign Operations for Bush-Cheney '04. He is now a partner in 1868 Public Affairs, a Trenton based consulting firm, Michael Torpey, Esq., can be reached at 609-394-0888.