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Toadlickers: We Know Who You Are

By: Matt Stoller October 12 at 10:40 AM EST

In the early 1990s, Doug Forrester had a column in his local paper.  He told anecdotes, stories, jokes, and generally wrote about what was on his mind.  It was kind of like a blog, actually.  Over the next few days, I'm going to reproduce them for you here so you can take a trip into the mind of Doug Forrester.  This column was published on March 8, 1990.  It's titled 'Toadlickers: We Know Who You Are'.

As much as you may think this is a joke, it's not.  These are real columns that were really written by the real Doug Forrester.

Debate Thread

By: Matt Stoller October 11 at 4:20 PM EST

Debate chatter?  Comment away. Juan Melli and Scott Shields are live-blogging.

Ah yes, likeability

By: Matt Stoller October 11 at 4:20 PM EST

The Star Ledger has a cute article on that intangible quality, 'likeability'.

Given a choice between the two major party candidates for governor, New Jersey voters would rather have Jon Corzine over to dinner. But for coaching the local Little League team, Doug Forrester's their guy.

The latest Star-Ledger/Rutgers-Eagleton poll also found that more likely voters would want Corzine, the Democratic U.S. senator and former Wall Street executive, to handle their family finances or be their boss at work than Forrester, the Republican businessman.

The survey conducted last week, which showed Corzine leading Forrester in the governor's race by 7 percentage points among likely voters, also included these warmer-and-fuzzier questions in an effort to get beyond partisan leanings and to gauge voter attitudes on personal qualities of the candidates.

While many of those results reflect Corzine's lead, the choice for coaching a child's sports team (Forrester by 10 percentage points) is an exception.

"Because this is so different from the overall vote, it suggests a real Forrester personal strength," poll director Murray Edelman said.

On the other hand, Edelman said, "In choosing Corzine to manage their family's finances, there is an implied trust."

Campaign Update

By: Matt Stoller October 10 at 4:52 PM EST

A bunch of quick takes:

Upcoming and Recent Events

On Thursday, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will join Senator Corzine at 6:30pm at the Barclay in Belmar at a salute to Irish American Democratic Mayors.

The debate between Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester is on radio station 101.5 at 7:30pm. Don't forget that at the same time Al Franken will be doing running commentary on the debate.  Tami, Sharon, Juan, and Froggy have more.

Bluewave NJ had an embryonic stem cell forum on Saturday that was by all accounts very successful.

Campaign Numbers

I have some numbers for you blog readers, not hard numbers by any means, just a quick status update from the folks around HQ.  By the end of the week, the Democratic field effort will have knocked on almost one million doors.  To do this, we are using Palm Pilots - 400 of them.  The energy for the campaign is coming from dedicated Democrats all over the state - the Corzine Connection program has held over 100 house parties.  And if you've invited Jon Corzine to an event, note that he receives between 150-200 invitations a week to public events and meetings.

Recent Endorsements

Jon Corzine was endorsed by Latino clergy today.  Last week he was endorsed by the  Dominican American Council of New Jersey and the Peruvian American Political Action Committee.

Around the Blogs

Scott at Poetic Leanings is talking environment, and the new blog BlueJersey is talking NJ Republican corruption.

Corzine on the Environment

By: Matt Stoller October 07 at 4:14 PM EST

The campaign released this statement today.

Flanked by state environmental leaders and labor officials, U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jon S. Corzine said as governor, he will make the Garden State a recognized leader in adopting policies that protect the environment and, ultimately, protect the people of New Jersey. Environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joined Corzine for the policy announcement.

"We must take on the challenge of protecting the Earth and defending the health of our citizens with a renewed sense of urgency," said Corzine. "We need to put New Jersey out front as a global leader in the effort to save our precious natural resources - the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the open space we enjoy. If I am elected Governor, that's exactly what I intend to do."

Corzine said protecting the environment has more than ethical and environmental implications; if done properly, he said, it can also be an economic catalyst for the Garden State.

"As a pro-environment businessman, I know we can grow our economy, hold down cost of living for families and business, and protect the Earth at the same time," said Corzine. "Practically, it comes down to creative thinking and determination. Averting the devastating effects of global warming is the fundamental challenge of our time. And it offers the most compelling example of how smart environmental policy can be a catalyst for economic growth."

Voter Registration Rally at Rutgers Yesterday

By: Matt Stoller October 06 at 4:39 PM EST

Jon Corzine was at a great voter registration rally yesterday at Rutgers University.  You can do your part too.  In order to vote this November, you must register to vote by October 11.  You can find a registration form in PDF format here.  Register by mailing this form into your county clerk.

Bill Clinton's Visit

By: Matt Stoller October 05 at 3:21 PM EST

IMG_1150What can I say about the Clinton visit? He came, he saw, he spoke, he wowed. (check out Scott Shields and Sharon CR for more). It was great.  And so was Corzine.  I'm not just saying that as spin, either.  Rarely have I seen Senator Corzine so excited.  The crowd sensed it, and came out of the event ready to work to get Corzine elected.

And speaking of the crowd, what I enjoyed was its diversity - union members in different colored shirts, all races and income levels, and people from all over the state.  That sounds a bit corny, but the difference between the parties is that we Democrats try to include everyone in society in common decisions, and Republicans don't .  We understand the simple truth, that ‘what others do affects me’, and vice versa. Republican leaders refuse to accept this basic fact of life, talking about values like personal responsibility even as their machine leaders (Tom Delay, Bill Frist, Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, etc) feed at the trough of government subsidies and corruption. They may talk about 'law and order', but we saw how hollow that talk was in the chaos of Katrina. They may talk about bringing 'honor and integrity' to the White House, but they don’t practice what they preach. Their whole system is a sham, and there is little better illustration of that than a multiracial crowd of middle class and working people cheering on President Bill Clinton and Senator Jon Corzine for being smart, capable, and effective leaders. It was almost kind of sad, like stepping into a different world after witnessing five years of right-wing corruption and greed.

The Politics of Stem Cells

By: Matt Stoller October 05 at 1:50 PM EST

Kaitlin Gurney writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

In a gubernatorial race between two multimillionaires who promise to lower property taxes and clean up corruption, stem-cell research is one issue that presents a stark divide.

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