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  •  Christie apart from Sandy (0+ / 0-)

    would have been an aberration. He was elected with only a 48% plurality against a guy that was drowning in corruption scandals. Christie's only issue where he has really been successful is with the Sandy recovery, and that's not really something to hang a presidential campaign's hat on.

    •  Presidential? Definitely not (0+ / 0-)

      But that's beside the point.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 09:44:50 AM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't say... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that Corzine was "drowning in corruption scandals".  I'm not even sure which scandals you're thinking of.  

      I think what sunk Corzine was a combination of the NJ power brokers not liking him and the fact that he was a really lousy campaigner.  He never really connected with people on a personal level, certainly not the way Christie does.

      •  In July of 2009 (3+ / 0-)
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        Bill W, Inkpen, MichaelNY

        Operation Bid Rig hit hard, bringing down Corzine appointee Joseph Doria, even though he was never charged with anything, nor was Corzine. But it was a huge corruption scandal with dozens of public servants indicted. It gave Christie the opening he needed to run a "clean up corruption" campaign where he was always strongest. That coupled with Corzine's personal unpopularity is what sunk him.

        •  Yes, good point. (0+ / 0-)

          None of it touched him personally, though, but it was a pretty widespread scandal.  

          •  I think it was a general (2+ / 0-)
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            "where there's smoke there's fire" situation, even though their wasnt. Corzine and his administration weren't directly involved in the scandal, but the whole thing stunk to high heaven. Hell, you even had rabbis getting arrested. It was a bad time to be the incumbent.

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