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The Daily Journal Endorses Jon Corzine

New Jersey's next governor will have to hit the ground running to have any chance of solving the enormous problems facing the state and its
residents.

Working with the Legislature, the new governor will have to reduce property taxes (the highest per capita in the country) and reform the
state's antiquated property tax system. He will have to replenish the state's Transportation Trust Fund, fulfill the promise of a "thorough
and efficient" education for all students, work to find a way to help residents without health care insurance, and be able to say "no" to party bosses and special interests.

We believe Sen. Jon Corzine has the vision, financial and business acumen, compassion and political strength that's needed to overcome the
desperate problems confronting New Jersey.

On some issues, there's little difference between the two candidates for governor. Both know changes must be made to improve the Division of
Youth and Family Services and the Schools Construction Corp., which wasted millions of taxpayers' dollars and failed to build all the
schools promised.

But they do differ in two critical areas -- property tax relief and Abbott school funding.

Although both men are promising to deliver such relief, Corzine would accomplish it by increasing property tax rebates, making spending cuts
and keeping the economy growing. The plan seems reasonable and doable, in contrast to Doug Forrester's 30-in-3 plan that just doesn't add up or
offer us a clue about how he will pay for it.

In addition, Corzine is more committed to preserving Abbott funding for poorer, urban districts in the state, such as Vineland, Millville and
Bridgeton. We're depending on that funding to improve education for our children, and without it, the school tax rate in our cities would
skyrocket. In Forrester's plan to "Take Back New Jersey," he attacks Abbott and says it has failed. We disagree.

This has been a nasty campaign with plenty of mud-slinging from both sides. But we were particularly offended by the Forrester campaign ad
that uses Corzine's ex-wife to attack him. This is a new low for negative politics and a symptom of the win-at-all-cost attitude and political partisanship that is destroying political dialogue in New
Jersey and in our nation. Deciding to use this ad shows flawed judgment on the part of Forrester, the type of judgment we don't need or want.

New Jersey needs a governor who is not only tough-minded, but also someone who can reach across the political aisle to get things done.
This is what it will take to solve our state's problems.

by rjs on November 07 at 2:45 PM EST

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