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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Campaign turn-off

The rhetoric in the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Robert Menendez and Republican Thomas Kean Jr. isn't getting any better. Now they're disputing who didn't do enough to solve the state's budget crisis, as if they could have made a difference.

Kean is trying to link Menendez to the failure of Gov. Corzine and the legislative leadership -- all Democrats -- to hammer out a budget on time, which led to the shutdown of non-essential state government operations. But he doesn't mention that Menendez, as a U.S. senator, holds a federal office that has nothing to do with state government budgets.

Menendez is no better in arguing that Kean could have played a bigger role in the negotiations had he stayed on the state Senate Budget Committee rather than taking time off for his campaign. But he didn't tell listeners that the Democrats who run the Budget Committee didn't even invite the committee's Republicans to informal meetings on the budget, so whether Kean stayed on the committee was moot.

Here it's not even mid-July -- nearly four months before Election Day -- and these guys are doing everything to turn off voters. They're becoming the best advertisement yet for adopting the British system of six-week campaigns.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Nick Fera said...

Yes, the Menendez/Kean race is a disgrace, and an embarrassment to the state. The hope is that one of them will finally cease the drivel, and simply state his vision for the future of the nation, as that is a federal office they're running for.

7:49 PM, July 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, a liberal Dem running against a RINO. I can't wait to see you New Jersey voters choose between these two.Why not have each serve two years as senator, because there is no difference.

3:37 PM, July 13, 2006  

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