A win for Christie

Chris Christie easily won today’s Union County Convention, getting around 75 percent of the vote. His effort was buttressed by a contingent of energetic supporters who waved signs and cheered every time his name was mentioned.

But  Steve Lonegan, who finished second, had the best line. He said that if he wins the nomination, he’s prepared to go “negative” against Gov. Corzine. In fact, he will go so negative and make the governor spend so much of his money that Corzine may end up in living in a COAH, or low-income, housing unit.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to A win for Christie

  1. Morris County Native says:

    How did Merkt and Levine do? Merkt has already proven that he can go negative on Corzine, and has done so several times. Unfortunately, he hasn’t received the coverage he deserves because he isn’t as ‘colorful’ as Lonegan or as well-known as Christie.

  2. RICHARD BABCOCK says:

    First to Morris County Native: Rick Merkt was far behind the two front-runners – with only single digits (I think 9 votes if memory serves me correctly). I am not sure it is accurate to say that “colorful” gets the attention as much as votes and momentum…. Christie has the most of both, followed by Lonegan, so they will get the most coverage.

    As to the article, I have only a simple point to make. I think it is important to define what “going negative” means. My definition of “going negative” is when one campaign decides to distort the truth and use questionable facts in portraying their opponent. It is NOT negative when your opponent has a track record that is questionable and/or underperforming, and a campaign outlines those facts in a factual way, or a campaign uses their opponent’s track record or political positions to compare and contrast versus their own. So, when we say “going negative,” let us all be clear what that means. It is often in the eye of the beholder, as campaigns, and their supporters, don’t appreciate certain facts being stressed by their opponents. Campaigns spend many, many hours trying to determine a campaign direction that would avoid talking about their own negatives. So, just because you don’t like what they are saying about “your guy” doesn’t make it “negative,” sometimes it is just the facts that you don’t want to hear about your candidate (or his/her past performance).

  3. Lonegan’s mailing to Union County voters was negative in that it distorted the truth … among orther thinghs, it said Christie “pled guilty” in a libel suit. Totally untrue.

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