STATE—Independent candidate for governor Chris Daggett accused incumbent Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie of practicing hypocrisy, corruption and deception in the conduct of their campaigns.
“Only an independent Governor who is not tied to special interests nor worried about whether his or her party will win or lose seats in the next election can clean up the mess in Trenton,” said Daggett, who criticized his opponents in both parties for continuing to benefit from enormous donations from dirty special interest money even as they tout plans to crack down on political corruption.
Daggett said both Corzine and Christie benefited from $5 million spent by the Republican and Democratic governors associations, which are “skirting the state’s contribution limits, providing a huge back-door for evasion of campaign rules.”
Among special interest groups making large donations to the partisan political organizations are the National Rifle Association and the National Education Association.
“It’s just another example of our broken political system and how both parties sidestep campaign finance limits to retain their hold on power,” said Daggett.”The biggest corruption problem in New Jersey is the corruption of public service practiced under the cover of law – the pension-padding, multiple office-holding and sweetheart deals with special interest groups.”
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