The Old Bait and Switch

The Democrats in New Jersey have a long history of illegal and questionable moves.  For instance, one only have to remember the 2002 election when Robert Torricelli was implicated in corruption. Totally discredited, he dropped out of the race five weeks before the election.

The Democrats illegally replaced him with the fossil, Frank Lautenberg. New Jersey law clearly prohibits the electoral ballot being changed within 51 days of the election. As the current scandal involving many high-level public and elected officials, Democrats in New Jersey have consistently acted as if the laws do not apply to them.

Unfortunately, the judges that are beholden to the Democratic machine in the state allow them to blatantly violate the law. The media has not only turned a blind eye, but in many cases helped to facilitate this corruption.

Consider the New York Times editorial from October 3, 2002:

“New Jersey’s Supreme Court made the right call yesterday when it ruled that the State Democratic Party could substitute Frank Lautenberg for the discredited Robert Torricelli as its candidate in November’s election for the United States Senate. The ruling appears to clear the way for a vigorous if necessarily abbreviated campaign, thus giving New Jersey voters the choice they deserve….in the end it ruled, rightly, that the greater need was to ensure ‘full and fair ballot choice for the voters of New Jersey.’”

The rumors flying through the mill indicate that the state Democratic Party might try a similar bait and switch with Corzine.

“Within hours” of New Jersey’s corruption round-up last week, “word was circulating that Jon Corzine wasn’t long for the governor’s race.” Rumor had it that Corzine would pull the old bait and switch, much like Democratic senatorial candidate Robert Torricelli did in 2002. “Overwhelmed by questions about his relationship with a shady contributor, his party gave him the hook in favor of the tried-and-true Frank Lautenberg.”

Typical criminal politics; the Democratic Party in the state has proved that many of our elected officials are on the take, and in bed with developers. A peek at the ELEC records will show a pattern of extremely large contributions from every developer, consultant, architect and lawyer in the state.

The state’s pay-to-play law was deliberately written with large loopholes that allow developers to contribute to one county, for that county to pass money to another county, and for the developers to work in that other county. In effect, pay-to-play is a fraud, politics as usual in New Jersey.

Corzine’s chances of winning seems more distant with weekly polls showing him sliding ever further behind. We expect the powers to be in the state Democratic Party to try the old switcheroo, denying the choice of Democrats that placed Corzine on the ballot in the first place.

As always, when they can’t win the game by the rules, they change the rules and break the rules. And the New Jersey courts aid them in this criminal behavior.


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