Text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State Address

Text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State Address
Gov. Jon Corzine greets Senate President Richard Codey and Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts just before delivering his State of the State Address.

The full text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State address:

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Manzo's Jersey City forces emerge

Manzo's Jersey City forces emerge
Then-31st District state Senate candidate Lou Manzo makes his pitch on the campaign trail in 1997.

Jersey City Mayoral candidate Lou Manzo issued a release today unveiling the first three of nine city council candidates committed to running on his slate.

Those candidates are attorney/cop Jim Carroll in Ward D; civic association leader Jimmy King in Ward C; and Public Schools Principal Account Clerk Lori Serrano for an at-large seat.

“These three candidates represent samplings of our diverse city,” said Manzo, a former assemblyman who ran for the state senate in 1997 and lost to state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson). “Clearly, this ticket will be composed of leaders who are not afraid to fight for Jersey City. I am proud to stand alongside these three individuals, as we move forward to make Jersey City a better place to live, work and raise families."  

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Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race

Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race
Hunterson County Freeholder Erik Peterson wants the State Assembly seat of Mike Doherty or Marcia Karrow, one of whom will go to the State Senate.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson has entered the race for the Assembly in the 23rd District.

"I want to bring Republican principles of fiscal; conservatism, limited government and open, honest government that is accountable to the people of New Jersey to the Legislature," Peterson, an attorney and political protege of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), said in a letter to party members.

Peterson’s entry means there are now at least three GOP contenders in the race created by former state Sen. Lance's victory last year and the movement directly beneath him of two lawmakers eager to move up in his absence.

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Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'

Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'
Gov. Jon Corzine (pictured last year at the Democratic National Convention).

A week prior to President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and a new national epoch, there’s Gov. Corzine on television delivering an election year State of the State address before a joint audience of legislators in the Assembly chamber in a downbeat Trenton.  

He’s proud of New Jersey and says so - "I raised my kids here," explains the single, Hoboken-based governor whom Republicans regularly denounce as out of touch with middle class, suburban values.

The expectation in part is for Corzine to address a $2.5 billion budget deficit and as he puts human faces on problems with Ronald Reagan–style stand up and take a bow anecdotes ranging from Iraq War veterans to foreclosed homeowners, the millionaire governor dives into the teeth of his speech.

"What I say may not be popular, but you can be sure that what I say comes from my heart," he says, later quoting Lincoln on the anniversary of the 16th president's birth. 

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Sosa prepared to get on the ground for Christie gubernatorial campaign effort

The early 1990s were heady times for then Assemblyman Jose Sosa (R-Mount Holly), who pounded on 8,000 doors, sprang an unlikely upset over the Democratic Party in the 7th District in 1991 and went on to address the Republican National Convention in Houston a year later. 

In 1993, shell-shocked Democrats regrouped in a district they control by a 3-1 margin and defeated Sosa. 

He went back to the private sector, which is basically where he remained. 

“People told me after the election that I should move to a safe GOP district and run, but I’d never do that,” said Sosa, a mayor of Mount Holly before his single term in the Assembly. “This is where I live I’m not a carpetbagger. I’d rather be part of the party in some small way, but I will remain a Republican as long as I live - frustrated perhaps, but a Republican.”

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Pallone to Christie: release your schedules

Pallone to Christie: release your schedules
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has emerged as Chris Christie's leading critic on the Democratic side.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) says that if GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie is really interested in transparency, he'll release his public and private schedules during his seven years as the U.S. Attorney from New Jersey.

After a state appellate court ruled yesterday that Gov. Jon Corzine does not have to release his personal e-mails with his former girlfriend, union leader Carla Katz, Christie said that Corzine should release them anyway "in the interest of transparency."

"For the last five months, I have urged Chris Christie to release his public and private schedules so that the people of New Jersey can determine for themselves if he engaged in any improper political activities while serving as U.S. attorney," Pallone said in a statement released this morning.  "If Christie is truly interested in transparency, he should release his schedules and should stop hiding behind the Justice Department as to his role in questionable deferred prosecution agreements."

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Watch Corzine's State of the State live on NJN

Watch Corzine's State of the State live on NJN

Gov. Jon Corzine’s State of the State address will be broadcast live on New Jersey Network at 1PM today.  The speech will air simultaneously on NJN Public Radio and be web streamed and archived at njn.net. The State of the State speech will be rebroadcast tonight at 10PM.  Republican Roger Bodman, Democrat Julie Roginsky, and Monmouth University Gannett NJ poll director Patrick Murray will provide analysis.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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