The Star Ledger's Paul Mulshine, who says he's a conservative, has been dogging Christie for a property tax plan since February. He's been arguing that there is little difference between Christie and Corzine and that Christie has no intention of dealing with property taxes if elected. Mulshine twisted the interview in two posts on his NJ.com blog in a failed effort to make his case.
While preparing to write a post spelling out to Mulshine where his analysis is faulty, I realized he doesn't care. He just wants to weaken Christie's support amongst conservatives so that Corzine can get re-elected. The following exchange between Mulshine and one of his readers is why I say that:
newarkworker on 09/12/09 at 1:58PM
Hey PM What the heck are you talking about If I remember correctly every Governor since Byrne has promised to lower RE taxes. How did that work out? Whether you like it or not, Lonegan is NOT the candidate.Christie is and I'll take my chances with him. And besides there are other issues other than RE taxes.
PM: Exactly. Every other candidate at least promised. Chris is telling us in advance he won't do a damn thing.
As for Lonegan, he really would have kicked some butt. That's why he lost. A lot of that butt would have been in the GOP.
Mulshine would rather have a campaign slogan, ala 30 in 3 or 40 in 4 that will make no difference than what Christie is offering.
The problem for many in the media is that Christie is not running a sound bite campaign in a sound bite era. Christie does have a plan, but it takes more than a few minutes to digest it. If you read and think about the issues and the 88 ways to fix NJ that Chirstie lays out at his website, you'll see that Chris does indeed have a plan.
The problem for Mulshine is that Christie is not Steve Lonegan.
Mulshine and some other "conservative" writers are attempting to weaken Christie's support in his base in the hopes that Jon Corzine gets re-elected. They are under the delusion that if Corzine wins "real conservatives" will be able to take over the NJGOP and that the electorate will give them the keys to Trenton.