Independent Daggett picks up momentum, important endorsement in NJ governor race

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.

16 thoughts on “Independent Daggett picks up momentum, important endorsement in NJ governor race

  1. Robert Milnes

    One MAJOR problem with Independents is that although they COULD choose appointees from third parties, they usually do not. They choose dems or reps. PLUS, even in the rare cases they are elected, they face a dem/rep legislature & judiciary i.e. reactionaries. No, the importance of this race is the possibility of Greens endorsing the Libertarian, Ken Kaplan. As part of an overall strategy of Progressive Libertarian Alliance. & electing as many Greens & Libertarians as possible, generating a counterreactionary movement. Rich Whitney could be instrumental in this by endorsing Kaplan & calling for libertarians to vote for him in Illinois in 2010. Kaplan also should declare support for the PLAS asap & call for progressives to support him & vote for Greens & Libertarians on every ballot possible. Daggett is not a viable alternative, just like Jesse Ventura was not.

  2. Robert Milnes

    There are many such opportunities in 2009 such as Marakay Rodgers, Libertarian in PA & Rev. Billy Talen, Green for Mayor of NYC. We are running out of time for 2009, people!

  3. Solomon Drek

    This is great news! Daggett can’t win but he will be a significant factor this election. I still believe he hurts Christie more than Corzine and will split the anti-incumbent vote.

    Even some conservatives, however, are making noises about holding their nose and voting for Daggett as a protest against the moderate GOP leadership which supports Christie.

  4. Richard Winger

    Daggett can win. In early October 1998, Jesse Ventura was ranging between 10% and 15% in Minnesota polls. I know this is true because I looked at the paper BAN dated October 4, 1998, and that what it reports. Ventura, of course, went on to win on November 3, 1998.

  5. Robert Milnes

    Yeah but……who the hell cares? Even if Daggett wins, so what? Who benefits? Better, who LOSES? Libertarians & Greens, who else? What else is new? So what if a reform/Independent(Ventura) or republican/Independent(Daggett) wins? An isolated victory by a politician who is immediately marginalized.

  6. Ross Levin Post author

    If Daggett wins, what does he get you if you’re a Green or a minarchist in the LP or a Constitution Party member? I’ll tell you what – he gives independents and third parties credibility by winning his election (and hopefully governing well). Just like the Conservative in NY-23. I don’t agree with his views at all, but I hope he wins just to demonstrate that third parties can be viable.

  7. Robert Milnes

    Et tu, Ross? If the conservative you say in Ny-23 wins, ok, it gives third party/independents credibility, hope…whatever. It is just the same old shit. Too little too late. Who cares? Let’s just vote ALL the reactionary assholes OUT! Dammit. I want reactionary dick up my ass OUT!

  8. Richard Winger

    I didn’t say Daggett has a high chance of winning. I just said it is possible he can win. He will be hurt by the horrible ballot design that makes it not even easy to find his name, in most (but not all) counties. He filed his lawsuit against the ballot format on September 18, too late to get any relief for this election, the judge ruled.

  9. d.eris

    “He gives independents and third parties credibility by winning his election.”

    Indeed, Ross. And thanks for the h/t.

  10. Alexander Higgins

    The star ledger’s endorsement of Chris Daggett is great news. I wish the republicans would stop the Bush/Rove Fear mongering. There is obviously a consensus that a vote for Daggett is not a vote for Corzine.

    Daggett is a viable candidate and there are many of this who are voting for him because we know he can win and is the only candidate who can change this state. The Star Ledger’s endorsement echoes and re-affirms that opinion.

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