Public support for Corzine remains luke-warm; Codey still most popular elected official

Public support for Corzine remains luke-warm; Codey still most popular elected official

Senate President Dick Codey is New Jersey's most popular politician, according to an FDU poll released today
New Jersey voters’ feelings about Gov. Jon Corzine remain tepid, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released today. 

Survey respondents are split on whether they approve of Governor Corzine’s performance, with 41% approving and 43% disapproving.  16% had mixed feelings or didn’t know. 

31% of New Jersey voters think Gov. Corzine is doing an “excellent” or “good job,” while 41% rate his performance as “only fair.”  25% think that he’s done a “poor” job in office.  Those numbers are basically the same as they were in an FDU poll conducted in June.

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Adler and Myers: closing arguments

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photoMOUNT HOLLY - In their respective closing arguments at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers went to their base camp arguments.

Myers presented himself as the Navy veteran who gets vets, takes pride in being a Lockheed Martin executive who has contributed to ballistic missile development, and wants to downsize government. On the other side of the stage, Adler cast himself as the people’s champion whose priority if elected is an end to the war in Iraq, a reallocation of resources to domestic concerns, and a tax code geared more to working families than big business.

Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoIn his final statement at the podium, Myers restated his befuddlement over Adler’s bill seeking to stop teaching about veterans on Veterans Day, and chastised his Democratic opponent for becoming interested in veterans issues only when he decided to run for Congress.

"I don’t think veterans should be treated like pawns on Election Day," Myers griped.

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Trenton versus Lockheed

MOUNT HOLLY - Letting slip the tidbit that state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) went to Harvard University, Medford Mayor Chris Myers thereafter lays on a steady barrage of commentary on the fact that he went to war, not his opponent, in this district, which is anchored economically by a military base.

"The last time there was any military expertise in Trenton was when Washington crossed the Delaware," Myers tells his opponent.

Adler uses the argument of history. Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took pains to protect veterans and sustain them with well-funded programs, while President George W. Bush has not spent the necessary money on veterans he has led to war.

Myers chops away at Adler’s record in Trenton, citing 100 veterans bills written during Adler’s tenure, none of which Adler sponsored until 2007.

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Myers and Adler wrangle over veterans issues

Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photo 

MOUNT HOLLY - Medford Mayor Chris Myers bounces back from a John Adler put-down by telling the Camden senator that he would be better off staying In Trenton than wreaking even more havoc in Washington, D.C.

His supporters whoop.

The rejoinder comes after Adler tells Myers he would be better off consigned to Lockheed Martin, where he can continue to hire soldiers.

The jabs that go back and forth between these candidates do not depart from the stances they have taken all through this political season. Myers, the Navy veteran and Lockheed Martin executive, depicts veteran lawmaker Adler as a creature of Trenton, stuck in the tax and spend trend of his party and incapable of approaching government with a private enterprise mind-set.

For his part, Adler uses a tanking economy and Bush blues to make a more-of-the-same case against Myers. He sprinkles his comments with end-the-war-now arguments that at one points sparks a blistering comeback from Myers.

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Adler and Myers go head-to-head in 3rd District debate

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photo 

MOUNT HOLLY - The debate is underway here in the 3rd Congressional District between Medford Mayor Chris Myers and state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden), and military issues and the economy dominate the dialogue early in the auditorium of Rancocas Valley Regional High School.

No surprise, given this district, which is home to Fort Dix, and given the hosts of this debate - Veterans for Education, a group of military veterans who attend Rutgers-Camden.

Myers, a Republican, and Adler, his Democratic counterpart, are vying to replace veteran U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Burlington), who is retiring at the end of this term.

Taking the first question, Adler says he would be able to better represent veterans returning from the warzone of Iraq and Afghanistan because of his background. His father died when he was young. He knows how to listen.

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Schaer will replace Cohen as key committee chairman

Gary Schaer will replace Neil Cohen as Chairman of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance CommitteeGary Schaer will replace Neil Cohen as Chairman of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance CommitteeAssemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) is expected to be named chairman of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. The post became available in July when Neil Cohen resigned his Assembly seat after being caught with child pornography on his state computer.  A formal announcement from Speaker Joseph Roberts is expected to come later this afternoon.  

With jurisdiction over the banking and insurance industries, the committee is considered to be one of the most powerful assignments in the Legislature.  Schaer, a two-term Assemblyman, has a background and career in the financial services industry and has formed a solid relationship with Roberts.  For now, Schaer will retain his vice chairmanship of the Assembly Budget Committee.

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