Governor Jon Corzine is peddling his unpopularity again in Atlantic City. Save Jersey’s Zebulon Pike blogs:
Governor Jon S. Corzine will be in Atlantic County tomorrow. He’s headlining a fundraiser for embattled Sheriff Jim McGettigan. McGettigan was already facing ethics accusations and the fallout from a disastrous 2007 freeholder-bid [sic]. Now there’s blood in the surf, and McGettigan’s weakness has given rise to a serious challenge from Frank Balles. It’s a hard-knock life, ain’t it?
So how does Governor Corzine come in to this sordid tale? GOP County Chairman Keith Davis thinks the governor should send a message by staying away:
“By withdrawing from the event, the Governor can make an unequivocal statement that he is committed to ending pay to play and the practice of wheeling campaign contributions and that he will refuse to lend his presence, the prestige of his office, or his assistance to those who violate existing financing laws,” said Davis in a press release.
Davis alleged that, during his failed county executive campaign last year, McGettigan accepted $77,000 from the Atlantic County Democratic Party that had been “wheeled” in from out-of-county organizations and union groups, despite a county ordinance forbidding the practice that was passed last year.
Davis said that he plans to file a court complaint against McGettigan if he does not return the contributions.
It is worth noting that Sheriff McGettigan had a disastrous County Executive-bid, not a Freeholder-bid as mentioned above.