What's more exciting than the World Series? Yes, there's the obvious. The women's long distance runners in the New York City marathon. Duh! But there's also the NJ governor's race.
According Mystery Pollster, the polls are showing a dead heat. He says 42% for Christie and 42% for Corzine. Why the hell is this so close? Christie, for God's sake, is from the Sarah Palin wing of the Republican party. He wanted to turn back the stimulus money from Washington. He'll slash social services.
The corruption scandal in New Jersey among Democrats really killed Corzine. Yes, the Democratic Party in New Jersey is super dirty. They've got my people, the goombas in Hudson County, taking care of their pals. But the Republican party in New Jersey isn't much better. New Jersey is one of the most corrupt states in the country, after Rhodes Island and Louisiana. Christie is part of this same dirty system.
Taxes in New Jersey are just awful. In some middle class communities, people pay as much as $15,000 a year just in state and local taxes. Although Christie says he'll do something about the taxes, he's really not going change things. We have high taxes in New Jersey, because we put more into education than other states.
We also have really, really small little towns that each have their own fire department, police department, library. Each superintendent makes $200,000. Corzine tried to get the towns to consolidate, but it's an unpopular idea. People in New Jersey identify more with their local towns, than with the state as a whole.
Taxes are also high in New Jersey, because we have a bunch of post-industrial cities with a great deal of poverty. There's Elizabeth, Jersey City, Camden, Paterson. They require very expensive social services, which up the state tax. Christie isn't going to be able to make those cities disappear.
The unions are also very strong in New Jersey. State employees get paid a lot here and have generous compensation packages. That also raises taxes. But the contracts have been negotiated; Christie isn't going to be able to change them.
While people in New Jersey are rightfully pissed off about corruption and state taxes, they could end up voting for the wrong joker.
It may be completely rational to not vote, but you should still go out there anyway.