Lacking Record, Corzine Relies On Fat Jokes

Gov. Jon Corzine

Gov. Jon Corzine

STATE—After using his personal fortune to finance a barrage of Karl Rove- style negative television ads attacking his opponent’s character, incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine has resorted to ridiculing his GOP adversary for being fat.

Speaking to reporters at William Paterson University following Friday night’s debate, Corzine used a line that will do nothing to lend credibility to denials against the accusation that he is making fun of his opponent’s obesity.


Corzine bludgeoned his Republican opponent, saying Christie’s policies “would leave middle class and moderate income taxpayers under a crushing weight.”

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, Christie’s campaign chairman, blasted two key Democrats over comments about Christie’s size.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak reportedly told New York Magazine Christie “looks hideous! And unhealthy… That doesn’t portray the discipline that’s necessary to lead this state.”

Assemblyman Joseph Cryan asked a room full of Democrats “What would it feel like if the next governor weighs 350 pounds?”

Kyrillos said those remarks are “shameful,” and he blamed Corzine, whose campaign created an ad that claims Christie “threw his weight around” to avoid a traffic ticket, for setting the course for personal attacks and negative advertising.

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