Let me be clear: I am not giving up on Barbara Buono's race for governor. New Jersey will pay dearly if we reelect Chris Christie; any Democrat would be better than this utter failure of a leader. The argument for returning Chris Christie to Trenton for another term is, contrary to the protestations of his apologists in the punditocracy, incoherent. If Christie is reelected, I predict we will see a trajectory in his reign similar to the one followed by his mentor, Geroge W. Bush: it will become clear within a year or two of his second term that he is a disaster, incapable of serious leadership, and was simply voted into office on the wings of a historical accident.
Sandy is Chris Christie's 9-11, and we will pay a price for not seeing past the cynical way this complete fraud has wrapped himself in this tragedy. Don't say you weren't warned.
But we have to be honest: Buono's chances are not looking good. I don't blame her at all: I think she is smart and capable, both as a leader and as a politician, and she made as good of a case for herself as could be expected. Unfortunately, she was abandoned by a self-interested New Jersey Democratic machine, and a national party led by a president who didn't care to fight for her. And it didn't help that the mandarins of our media anointed Christie before the race even started. A pity, but not at all surprising, given the way our corrupted politics work these days.
In this reality, we have one hope for containing Chris Christie's inevitable march toward ruin: we must elect more people like Marie Corfield to the New Jersey legislature.
Marie is a teacher, a mother, and a fighter. She fights for public education because she knows New Jersey's excellent schools are under attack from forces who would see them dismantled in favor of privatization and an oppressive testing regime that is bad for kids. She fights for marriage equality, for women's health care, for reproductive choice, for smart growth, for the environment, for shifting the tax burden off of working families.
Marie Corfield fights for the middle class because she is in the middle class. Unlike Chris Christie, she knows what it's like to be a public school parent. She knows what it's like to manage a budget. She knows what it's like to work hard and play by the rules so her kids can have the same opportunities everyone's kids should have.
Chris Christie understands none of this. He is little more than vassal to power, talking a good game about the middle class while making it harder and harder for them to thrive in New Jersey. Marie Corfield is one of our best chances for calling out Christie on his class warfare policies and forcing Trenton to put working families and their children first.
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We may not win the governorship - again, I am not giving up - but even if we don't, we can put Marie Corfield in office to hold back Chris Christie's assault on teachers, the middle class, the working poor, and public education.
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New Jersey's best hope.