Just the other day, in yet another round of government corruption-related arrests yet another passel of mayors and other public officials from three counties were caught accepting payoffs from undercover agents in yet another sting operation.
Given that voters associate corruption more with Democrats, a reasonable person would think that Republicans could take advantage of that fact.
poll finds that even through 88 percent of voters consider corruption a serious problem and predominately a Democratic problem, 54 percent of them say they're not likely to vote for Republicans in the November election when all 120 state legislative seats are being contested. Quinnipiac University
Democrats currently control the state Senate 22-18 and the General Assembly 50-30, as well as the statehouse. Both
There are a number of explanations for the disconnect revealed by the poll, but I’m going with these:
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This may stem in part from the probability that just about everyone, especially in the northern part of the state, has a neighbor or knows someone who has been caught up in a corruption probe. It's simply part of the social fabric and a consequence of*
's notorious "pay to play" political ethic. New Jersey
s governor is arguably the most powerful of any of the 50 and local commissions and boards wield a tremendous amount of power. New Jersey'
Indeed, many Republican officeholders are well out of the national GOP mainstream. The party's sole gubernatorial success in the last 17 years was the election of Christie Todd Whitman, a staunch moderate, in 1993. Only four of the 11 elected governors since World War II have been Republicans.Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said the poll shows corruption probably won't be decisive in this year's legislative elections, but could pose problems for incumbents in close races.
Meanwhile, the poll found voters approve of U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, a Republican who has spearheaded many of the corruption investigations, by a 40 percent to 14 percent margin.
But Richards noted that:
"Christie gets good marks from voters for his corruption fighter role inOnly in
, but that does not seem to translate into political power." New Jersey