Last night I ran into a friend of mine. He's a fellow small business owner. I'm his customer. A few times per week I enter his establishment and we banter about sports and politics.
"Did you see that game last night (Yankees-Angels game 5)? That was awful!," he exclaimed as he greeted me. "That was a GREAT game!, " I countered.
"You're right, it was a good game," he said nervously, "but do you think the Yanks will pull it out? I really wanted them to win it out there and rub it into the Angels, mess with there head."
"Are you kidding me! They're up 3-2! Who cares about the Angels' heads. They're going home to Yankee Stadium with no rally monkeys or thunder sticks, " I countered enthusiastically. "This is great for New York. Its great for the fans and its great for all of the small businesses around Yankee Stadium. Of course the Yankees are going to win ONE GAME."
It occurred to me that many Christie supporters are like my friend and other nervous sports fans. We've all seen it. Be it a playoff series or a football game when their favorite team is up early, they start enjoying the victory too soon. Then when the opposition fights back into the game, they lose confidence. They yell and scream at their heroes and the coach through the TV. If their team wins, they have a sense of relief, followed by celebration. If their team loses, the team, the coaches and the owners are bums.
In sports, the fans that go to the game become part of the team. The home field advantage.
In politics, the fans are the game. Going into the last week of the gubernatorial campaign, us Christie supporters have the home field advantage. 60% of our friends, family and neighbors say they want a new governor. The game has tightened significantly since the summer, when many of us were quietly celebrating too soon, but we are still up in the score with only a few days left to play.
We each have a choice as to how we will play the last days of the game. Many will act as if they are not part of the game and nervously or even pessimistically "hope" things turn out. Those who get into the game will determine the outcome. Either way, we are the game.
Now is the time for Christie supporters to educate and influence our friends, family and neighbors. Many are just starting to pay attention. They will rely on those who they know are better informed to help them decide how to vote. Now is the time to talk about politics and influence people who are wavering toward Daggett to vote for Christie. It is not really a hard sell. There is no question that a vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine.
Those who say they are going to write in Steve Lonegan because Chris Christie isn't conservative enough, or because you don't like his commercials that appeal to moderates and liberals...you folks just haven't suffered enough.
You probably haven't had to lay off loyal employees that you are fond of. You probably haven't seen all that you've worked hard for over decades slip away significantly in a few short years. You probably haven't had to cut off loyal customers because you are either unable to extend further credit, or because you know that to do so would be detrimental to your own well being. You actually think you would be better off with another four years of Corzine. That's crazy.
A vote for Lonegan, a third party candidate, or no vote, is a vote for Corzine. Those who do that are the real RINOS.
Let's get busy. This race is OURS to Win.