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Governor-Elect Corzine...

By: Matt Stoller November 09 at 11:59 AM EST

was out shaking hands at a commuter stop this morning at 7am.  I don't know how he did it considering the grueling schedule of the last four weeks, but he surely knows that he was elected to do the real work of governing this wonderful state and the millions who live here.  New Jersey, thank you, it's time to get to work.

UPDATE: Bluejersey has a video of Jon Corzine's speech last night.

Your Decision

By: Matt Stoller November 07 at 9:34 PM EST

Jon Corzine's biography: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/about/

Jon Corzine's plans for New Jersey:
http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/plans/

Jon Corzine's plan to reduce property taxes:
http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/i/pdf/plan_propsum.pdf

Jon Corzine's plan to end corruption:
http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/plans/prouder/

Endorsements:

The New York Times
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The New York Daily News
The Princeton Packet
The Jersey Journal
The Press of Atlantic City
The Trenton Times
The Gloucester County Times
The Express-Times
The Black Star News
The Herald News
El Hispano Newspaper
El Diario/La Prensa

It's Your Choice

By: Matt Stoller November 07 at 8:48 PM EST

Senator Barack Obama spoke yesterday in Edison, and crystalized what is special about Jon Corzine.  Rather than having a negative attitude of cynicism towards government, Jon Corzine believes that together we can make a difference in peoples' lives.

Jon Corzine believes that we can provide property tax relief to those who need it, and reform the system with a property tax convention.

Jon Corzine believes that we can eliminate corruption, and end pay-to-play contracts.

Jon Corzine believes that every child should have a great education, and health care.

Jon Corzine believes that every grandparent should retire with dignity.

He believes that the saying 'I got mine now you get yours' isn't the end all and be all of our society and communities.

He believes in justice, and the American Dream.  He knows that he has had tremendous opportunities in this country, and he wants others to have the ability he had to get on a path to success.  Strong communities.  Strong families.  Jobs.  

That's why he's in public service.  So vote.  Bring your friends to vote.  And let's get a great Democrat elected.

You can find your polling place here: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/action/findpoll/

Tell your friends to vote here: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/recruit/

Participate in GOTV activites here: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/action/gotv/

What This Is All Really About

By: Matt Stoller November 06 at 10:55 PM EST

I've been as sickened as anyone about the tone of this race.  But three nights ago, I went to a house party on embryonic stem cell research, and found that despite all the vicious negativity, we cannot afford to think that politics doesn't matter.  It does.  And Rick, pictured to the right, reminded me of that, with his bright smile, his charm, his optimism, and his music.

Rick was shot when he was 20.  He's now 38.  In 1987, when he was shot, our understanding of paralysis was poor.  For the first two months in the hospital bed, Rick was told that he'd probably be fine and would get better on his own.  18 years later, he's still not walking.  But he is making music - hip hop videos - and supporting causes like the New Jersey Stem Cell Research and Education Foundation.  He wants to walk again.  But more importantly, he wants others to never have to go through what he went through, and what he still goes through every day.

"I am a soldier for the cause.  I may never live to walk again, but I can make a difference, I can make it so that others who are younger, will."

That's what he told me, before breaking out into the wonderful smile you see in the picture.  At the same house party, with Governor Codey and Jon Corzine, several scientists spoke about the promise of embryonic stem cell research, and that with the right support (ie. public funding), clinical trials for paralysis could start next year.

Without the right funding, those trials may start, but not in New Jersey.  They'll be in California, Singapore, Canada, or England, that promise of a cure shipped off along with thousands of high paying jobs in the life sciences industry.  I found it particularly galling to watch the debate last night and hear Forrester talk about tort reform as restraining the growth of biotech in the state, even as scientists and industry experts were saying that the state's promotion or lack of promotion of embryonic stem cell research was a make-or-break proposition for the industry here.

So it's really up to us - will those trials start here and begin helping wonderful people like Rick?  Will they start elsewhere, and take our jobs with them?  Or will they just not start at all?

It's up to us.  Rick can't walk to the polls, but I can bet he'll be voting.  So should you.

Endorsement Update

By: Matt Stoller November 06 at 8:42 PM EST

The New York Daily News
The Princeton Packet
The Jersey Journal
The New York Times
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Press of Atlantic City
The Trenton Times
The Gloucester County Times
The Express-Times
The Black Star News
The Herald News
El Hispano Newspaper
El Diario/La Prensa

In addition, more than a dozen other Latino newspapers serving New Jersey’s Latino populations have thrown their support behind Corzine. Those backing Corzine include Latino newspapers in Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Camden counties, and Al Día and El Hispano, the two largest Latino newspapers serving the South Jersey area.

Live Blogging the Debate

By: Matt Stoller November 05 at 7:10 PM EST

Wow, this is a debate.

Another Endorsement

By: Matt Stoller November 04 at 3:00 PM EST

The Black Star News endorsed Jon Corzine:

Across the river in New Jersey, we endorse Jon Corzine for Governor.

He stands a better chance to help New Jersey shed its image of a perennially corrupt state than does his opponent Doug Forrester, whose own company remains under a cloud of controversy. Corzine would resist Bush Administration policies harmful to New Jersey such as the slashing of community development block grants for the state and Medicaid funding. Corzine also has a proposal to decrease the cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

Unlike Forrester whose tax cuts would benefit wealthy New Jersey residents earning more than $200,000 Corzine's targeted property tax relief will benefit seniors, renters and working families.

The senator has backed gun control measures in Washington, including calling for the banning of .50 caliber assault rifles, while his opponent has stood against enacting the New Jersey assault weapons ban.

We urge our New Jersey readers to vote for Corzine.

Corzine on Douglass College

By: Matt Stoller November 03 at 4:10 PM EST

U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jon S. Corzine's statement on Douglass College::

As Rutgers University works to make the New Brunswick experience as enriching as possible, it must not lose sight of the value Douglass College has to the women of this state and to our greater community.

We must work to maintain the integrity and identity of Douglass as a college.  Douglass College is a jewel in New Jersey's higher education crown.  Since 1918, Douglass has educated and acclimated some of the strongest women leaders New Jersey has seen in business, government, law, health care, education, science, social services and community development.

Douglass promotes an expectation of leadership, and the support of a critical mass of students, faculty, staff and alumnae committed to the education and advancement of women.  Its unique combination of academic discipline and student life, its nurturing tradition, unrivaled commitment to gender equity, and successes introducing future leaders to New Jersey and the world, make Douglass College an invaluable and essential resource we can ill afford to lose.

We must make every effort to retain Douglass as a college, and to build upon its legacy of empowering women to lead in New Jersey and in society as a whole.

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