It's put-up or shut-up time for Governor Corzine. After a lackluster first two years in office, and a public which has been surprisingly patient, the next few months are likely to define the Governor's first term. Governor Corzine has raised expectations regarding his ability to manage the state's finances, but his solution, selling or leasing the Turnpike and Parkway, is viewed with suspicion by the public. With tepid approval ratings and upside down right track/wrong track numbers, the Governor better hit a grand slam over the next few months or he may find himself in an extremely difficult uphill climb to reelection.
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.