Governor Corzine appeared on Morning Joe this morning on MSNBC, if you didn’t see it watch it below.
It’s interesting to note that at the end of the interview, Joe Scarborough thinks out for those who wonder why Republican Challenger Chris Christie hasn’t appeared on the program before?
Scarborough said that the offer has been extended to Christie numerous times but he refuses to appear on the program, which lead Joe to offer “my God, if you can’t handle us, you can’t handle Mike Barnicle, you sure as Hell can’t handle the state of New Jersey.”
By this time today it’s old news, but the race for Governor has now become a horse race where anyone can win.
An independent public poll released today by Fairleigh Dickinson University
has Jon Corzine leading Chris Christie by 44%-43% with Chris Daggett getting 4%. When Daggett’s name is included, Corzine leads 38%-37% with Daggett getting 17%. It’s the first public poll of the year with Corzine ahead.
All recent polls show the race closing and Corzine with the momentum.
Our state government is an overwhelming bureaucracy. New Jersey has a “Department” for every imaginable aspect of our lives. We have a DEP, DOT, DOE, etc., etc. What you won’t find in Trenton is a DOCS—Department of Common Sense!
Each of these Departments has grown extensively since their creation and has morphed into powerful entities operated by appointed “officials” with the apparent ability to make life difficult, if not intolerable, for the residents of New Jersey.
The State laws which are interpreted and enforced by these Departments are often antiquated, irrelevant, arbitrary, contradictory or otherwise unfair in their application.
In the absence of a magic wand, these entities are here to stay. However, why can’t the legislature create a common sense procedure which affords immediate relief to those individuals or municipalities which find themselves boxed into a Catch 22 situation by one (or more) of our State Departments. Every municipal engineer and borough administrator could cite numerous examples of such crippling bureaucratic red tape. Currently, the only relief available is the white flag of surrender or litigation. Law suits are time consuming, expensive and more often than not, result in decisions which perpetuate other bad decisions and confuse rather than clarify the law.
Why not a simple procedure where, under the proper circumstances, the three State legislators of any particular district can craft immediate relief for their aggrieved constituents?
Candidate for NJ State Assembly in District 11
Middletown’s Democratic Township Committeeman Patrick Short, in this video talks about issues that are effecting residents.
He states that the overall number#1 issue in town is taxes and that the Middletown GOP has consistently raised property taxes over the past 3 years by 16% while he has never supported or voted for any tax increases since being elected in 2006.
Flooding in the Port Monmouth/Bayshore area is also a major concern. Along with fellow Committeeman Sean Byrnes and residents from the area, Patrick Short has lead the way in finding a solution to this problem.
Patrick Short proposed a two part solution that would include a small pumping station be installed in the area, that would control flood waters by sending it back out into the creek nearby and to make improvements drainage pipes while also increasing the size of the berms an additional 16-18 inches, that run along the roadways.
Traffic in Lincroft has also been a major concerns to residents and while others talked about a solution or wished that the County would make road improvements, Patrick Short did something about.
Short fought for and gained approval to make the access road behind the Acme shopping center a two way street rather than a one way street. The street would then be routed behind the Luigi/Subways shopping center and opened to Middletown-Lincroft Rd.
By doing this, traffic congestion on Rt.520 and surrounding area will be alleviated and greater access to the shopping centers will be gained. It is a Win-Win for both the merchants and residents in the area.
Watch the video and hear for yourself What Patrick Short has to say on the subjects: