Response by Rick Thigpen
New Jersey voters are accepting the financial medicine prescribed by Governor Corzine. In fact, with a clear majority now voicing their approval of the job he is doing as Governor, Corzine appears to have emerged from the budget scrap in a fairly strong position. It is noteworthy that he is doing very well with an important constituency, public pension households. They have over a million members, and they will have an especially strong interest in the upcoming property tax debate.
It is beginning to look like Jon Corzine, the Wall Street Democrat, is just what the doctor ordered to persuade a skeptical public to accept what would otherwise be unacceptable in order to get the State's financial house back in order. This thesis will be put to the acid test as he moves to slay the property tax dragon. Governor Corzine now looks to be indispensable if Democrats are to successfully sell any meaningful property tax reduction program to the general public. If this is accomplished, then the sky will barely be the limit.
Comment by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Academic Associate, Rick Thigpen (J.D., Columbia University Law School). Rick is a former Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic Party, now a principal in 1868 Public Affairs. He is also a campaign coordinator for the Essex County Democratic Party. Rick Thigpen, Esq. can be reached at (609) 394-0888.