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Frankly, They All Look The Same To Us

Forrestervshundler We know it's a big day in New Jersey for Republicans, but it's hard to get all excited about internecine warfare of the "he said, he said" variety.

According to a Quinnipac poll released yesterday, Schundler's been gaining in the 11th hour, but it's still too close to call. We will tell you this. It's a ho hum day at the polls. When the Barista showed up to vote around 2:30 this afternoon, we were only the 56th person in Glen Ridge District 1 to vote -- and the only reason we did was to sneak a picture of the ballot. By the way, there is a Democratic primary, though there's no doubt that Corzine will get the Democratic nod. The only question is, what the heck is the "Now is the Time" Democratic slate? Rapture Democrats? More on the election from NJ.com here.

June 7, 2005 in Politics | Permalink


Was hardly ho-hum at the Edgemont School voting site this morning.

Posted by: montclair_is_crazy | Jun 7, 2005 3:47:09 PM

Was hardly ho-hum at the Edgemont School voting site this morning.

Posted by: montclair_is_crazy | Jun 7, 2005 3:47:09 PM

Corzine will, no doubt get the nod.

Interestingly I appear to have been "booted" off the Corzine site for asking too many complicated and difficult questions like: "How can $19/year per person provide any meaningful Healthcare coverage?"

Here is the post that got me "shown the door":

"Regarding S2236 the NJ Senate Bill upon which so much of Corzine's health care plan seems to rest, I spent a considerable amount of time calling various offices and Senators yesterday and no one I spoke to had any notion of the cost of the bill.

(That fact alone is troubling to me - how can legislation upon which Gubernatorial candidates are basing proposals be moving forward without any idea of cost? Cost should not be an afterthought! But this is another subject.)

I did speak with someone in the Human Services Section of the Office of Legislative Services which is a non-partisan branch of the legislature which prepares all fiscal analysis of bills when necessary. That office told me that the bill had been "Certified for a fiscal note" meaning it had been determined that there would be "fiscal impact" on the budget, but that the analysis was not complete.

So, it seems then that the best estimate of cost is still (until some other analysis comes to light) what this has cost the State in the past which is $2017 per person, or $403 million per year (for 200,000 people).

Unless there is a better indication that the Corzine campaign would consider sharing with us?

Now Matt has been fond of telling me my assumptions are wrong, but now I must ask the campaign what is the assumption that they are operating on which would reduce a $403 million cost down to $15 million for a only a 26% subset of the beneficiaries their plan claims to aid?

Can they share those assumptions (or better yet, facts) with the taxpayers and voters of New Jersey?"

aparently not!

Posted by: Right of Center | Jun 7, 2005 4:12:22 PM

p.s. I hope any Republicans reading this (that means Cathar) will vote for Schundler!

Posted by: Right of Center | Jun 7, 2005 4:14:24 PM

oh. and p.p.s

The Corzine folks "airbrushed" that post I made (and others) right off their site!

But I made pdf's of all the threads if anyone cares. A good example of the "critical" and "tolerant" thinking of some of our Democratic friends!

Posted by: Right of Center | Jun 7, 2005 4:16:10 PM

Both Forrester and Schundler's wives have called me scratching for votes while I was watching "Seinfeld." So has De Gaetano's mother! And Murphy is for driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. So I got in the booth, looked with distaste at my choices and closed my eyes and aimed my finger at the electronic dot. Anybody but Corzine, I guess that works out to.

This may amuse you. I entered the somewhat darkened (no lights were on) grade school gym where I vote. There were three different certification tables for three different districts. A total of 5 people, including two at "my" table, were genuinely asleep when I bounded in. Two more barely spoke English, they certainly had a hard time understanding me and looking up my name and signature in the registration book. And another asked if I'd do a pizza run for the poor, overworked dears.

Posted by: cathar | Jun 7, 2005 4:25:06 PM

"And another asked if I'd do a pizza run for the poor, overworked dears."

So, did you do it?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Jun 7, 2005 4:33:45 PM

speaking of airbrushing...

Posted by: butchcjg | Jun 7, 2005 4:53:39 PM

I got a letter in the mail from Sen. Corzine today that was in response to a letter I sent him last NOV about the elections! I wondered if it was just a free way to drop his name in my mailbox in a more timely fashion....

Anyway - looks like it'll be an "Anybody But..." campaign for lots of folks from both sides. Is this what our Democracy has turned into?

Posted by: butchcjg | Jun 7, 2005 4:56:46 PM

And, if so, where did you go for "Best Pizza for Poll Workers in the Baristaville Area," and did you get tipped?

Posted by: Chris | Jun 7, 2005 4:57:11 PM

Miss Martta, I see the same barely-conscious election "workers" every primary, school board election and general election. They're local hacks (from both parties, I assume) who double-dip 2-3 days a year, whatever their real jobs. Do you honestly think I'd go fetch them pizza after already catching them cooping while on the job?

Posted by: cathar | Jun 7, 2005 7:03:12 PM

At my polling place in GR, senior citizens man the polls, the ones who haven't been taxed out of town yet.

Posted by: PAZ | Jun 7, 2005 10:03:37 PM

and bad airbrushing at that. you can still see part of Dean's thumb in the Schundler photo. yeesh.

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