Tuesday, November 03, 2009

NJ Dems Admit Campaigning For Independent Daggett To Undercut Christie

Jennifer Rubin writes about a scandal that might enrage even New Jersey voters enough to replace Corzine:
The suspicion among conservatives is that independent Chris Daggett has been helped along by Jon Corzine, who was looking to go down by a big margin in a two-man race. Now comes evidence of real foul play — even if we are talking New Jersey. This report tells us:
The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett. A Democratic spokeswoman says the party’s chairman, Joe Cryan, was not aware of the robocalls when he denied that the state committee had anything to do with them yesterday afternoon. … The call angered Republicans and further fueled conspiracy theories that Daggett is in cahoots with the Corzine camp. A disclaimer at the end says it was paid for by Victory ’09, “a project of the NJDSC” (Democratic State Committee), and gave the committee’s Trenton address.
And it seems the Daggett team tried to cover it up: “Before the Democrats owned up to it, Daggett media advisor Bill Hillsman said the call might be a Republican trick to generate a sympathetic newspaper story.”

If New Jersey voters are capable of outrage, this is a good target for their outrage. After all, fronting an independent to take votes away from a better-situated opponent should be beyond the pale, even in the Garden State.

"If" being the operative word.

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