Independent Chris Daggett’s campaign for New Jersey governor is picking up steam. And yesterday, he picked up the endorsement of the largest newspaper in New Jersey, the Star-Ledger. They said:
The Star-Ledger today endorses independent candidate Chris Daggett and recommends his election as the next governor of New Jersey.
The newspaper’s decision is less a rejection of Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie than a repudiation of the parties they represent, both of which have forfeited any claim to the trust and confidence of the people of New Jersey. They share responsibility for the state’s current plight.
Only by breaking the hold of the Democratic and Republican mandarins on the governor’s office and putting a rein on their power will the state have any hope for the kind of change needed to halt its downward economic, political and ethical spiral.
You can read the whole editorial here. There is also a video of Daggett’s interview with the editorial board. It also included an interesting conclusion:
But the value of a vote is not limited to picking a winner. The real value lies in the signal it sends about what the voter believes is best for the city, county or state — not merely at the moment, but long-term.
We believe Daggett is best.
For disappointed Democrats and Republicans, a decision to vote for Daggett will mean a break with party loyalty — no easy thing. What we’re suggesting is a temporary suspension of that loyalty as a way to begin changing the corrosive culture of Trenton. Daggett would owe nothing to either party establishment; he’d be free to recruit best talent wherever he found it. As he told The Star-Ledger editorial board, he’d feel no obligation to honor the traditional Democratic-Republican deal that requires bipartisan balance on the Supreme Court. He’d apparently take the best he could find regardless of party affiliation — or lack thereof.
For too long, the cliche about New Jersey’s two great parties has seemed all too true — that Democrats are corrupt, Republicans incompetent. Nothing will cause them to change their ways for the better except repudiation at the polls Nov. 3.
The election of Chris Daggett would deliver that repudiation and put a highly qualified occupant in the corner office at the Statehouse.
In the polls, Daggett’s name recognition is up and he is up to an average of about 12 percent. (“Other” candidates that are not Daggett, Democrat incumbent John Corzine, or Republican Chris Christie are polling about one to two percent, which is inside the margin of error.) He has polled as high as 17 percent, and if this pattern continues – with more debates and media coverage in the month or so before the election – his poll numbers should increase even more.
Two other large newspapers in the New Jersey media market are talking about Chris Daggett. The New York Times talked about Daggett’s “unexpectedly strong” support, and an endorsement from the New Jersey Environmental Federation. The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Daggett in an article, but focused a lot on his potential as a spoiler, which probably does not exist because he does not clearly appeal to the members of any one party.
H/T to d.eris.