August 28th, 2009
08:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Corzine campaign calls Christie 'menace to society'

(CNN) – A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine called his Republican challenger Chris Christie "a complete menace to society on the highways of New Jersey" for racking up 13 moving violations over the last two and a half decades.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission released documents Friday revealing that Christie, a former U.S. Attorney now seeking the governor's mansion, was found guilty on a total of 13 traffic tickets between 1985 and 2009, including seven for speeding.

Christie was also ticketed for six traffic accidents between 1989 and 2007, the Motor Vehicle Commission confirmed to CNN.

Corzine, meanwhile, earned two speeding tickets going back to 1992, and a third ticket for failing to wear a seat belt in the car accident that nearly killed him in 2007.

"Jon Corzine, like most drivers, has had an occasional infraction, and he paid the ticket," Corzine campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in an e-mail. "Chris Christie, on the other hand, has been a habitual offender and a complete menace to society on the highways of New Jersey."

"Every day it becomes more evident that Christie has always had one set of rules for himself and another for everyone else," she added.

The Christie campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the tickets.

The Motor Vehicle Commission said both men now have clean driving records.

"Christie's record is in good standing, as is governor Corzine's record," said Mike Horan, a spokesman for the commission.

Christie's driving history has come under scrutiny this week after a New Jersey radio station reported that he was ticketed in 2005 for speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle. Christie, still a U.S. attorney at the time, was allowed to drive away from the traffic stop. His campaign acknowledged that Christie's job title came up while he was pulled over.

News of the traffic stop also raised eyebrows because Christie was in the car with his now-former aide Michele Brown, who resigned her post in the U.S. attorney's office this week in the wake of revelations that Christie did not disclose a $46,000 loan he made to her in 2007. The campaign said Christie's wife and family were also in the car during that traffic stop.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Ridgeway

    That's news? Congressmen steal millions, lie and cheat all the time and speeding tickets are news? Who's the dork that thought this was important?

    August 28, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Georgette

    Doesn't being Republican alone make him a menace to society?

    August 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. timz

    Maybe it would be in the best interests of safety to elect this guy just so he'll be chauffeured around the state in the official limo. Governors don't often get behind the wheel.

    August 28, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. bozo the obama

    You got to be kidding...Democratic DESPERATION.

    August 28, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. center left

    Say, no to Republicans! A vote for Republicans is a vote for Rush Limbaugh! Yuck!!!

    August 28, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    And the mudslinging begins. Corzine is toast in his re-election bid and everyone knows it!

    August 28, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. annie for Palin

    Shouldn't obama get a ticket for being a menace to the GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA or better yet impeached.

    August 28, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    So where is the change Obama promised us? The change in tone, the reaching across the aisle?
    Same ole same ole. The pot calls the kettle black and vice versa. Obama tried to mislead all of us and a lot of people fell for his rosy idea of what things would be like with him as president.
    And what do we hear from the BO supporters? He's better than Bush!
    Great, we have elected a man who met our lowest possible standard.

    August 28, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. JP

    When you have nothing to stand up on, blame Bush or talk about the other guys traffic tickets.

    August 28, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    Chris Christie isn't the only Republican politician who qualifies as a menace to society...

    If only we could give them all tickets for each act of hypocrisy, duplicity, and general recklessness to the detriment of our society! The fines they accrue in the coming years would quickly reverse the ridiculous deficits they created during their 12 years in control of Congress and 8 years in control of the White House.

    August 28, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. aplawson

    Great to see CNN reporting on political squabbles between two idiots. 13 tickets over 25 years? God – the horror!

    August 28, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. tonyinstax

    I think that ALL Republicans are menaces to society, but you can't dig up anything worse than traffic tickets that are years old? That is LAME!!

    August 28, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. brian

    Corzine is a menace to liberty.

    August 28, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Rob

    Corzine on the other hand is a complete menace to New Jersy!!!

    August 28, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Don

    These guys will go for anything. Then again, driving records may well be the only safe place the republicans can claim any sort of moral supperiority. This country has plenty of resources to solve all of our problems and fully 80% of the citizens would participate in the solution if only our so-called leaders would begin acting like leaders instead of hystrionic talkshow commentators. Its simply disgusting.

    August 28, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Lysh

    Considering we're talking about New Jersey politicians, I'm impressed his record is so clean.

    August 28, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Ernie in LA

    How do people like this keep a drivers license and insurance?

    August 28, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Jaimon

    Wow that's weak. I hear my political opponent flosses no more than twice a week! Imagine the impact of bad breath on negotiations.

    August 28, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. orindan

    Is this the only thing a sitting governor can call out an opponent on? I'm an Independent, and don't have a dog in this fight, but you have to like the Republican's chances based on this sort of stuff. What's next, examining detentions in junior high school?

    August 28, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Joe in Hoboken, NJ

    Astounding! When you thought politics couldn't get any sillier, now this inane charge by the Corzine campaign! The signs of desperation are clear from Team Corzine. Discussing the real issues that face New Jerseyans, like 9.3% unemployment? No way. Silly distractions like these? Absolutely.

    And Team Corzine: don't you recall that really embarrassing accident that Jon Corzine, sans seat belt, had when the car was speeding at 91 MPH?

    August 28, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Gene

    1 traffic ticket every 2 years? Wow.. real menace there. If that was the case.. I'd say half the population of our country is a menace to society :)

    August 28, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Paul

    The Corzine camp does little to discuss the issues, instead throws mud at their opponent. They should be embarrased.
    Corzine was riding in a high speed state vehicle unbuckled, clearly violating the law, how dangerous was that to other motorists on the highway.
    Shame on you Gov for setting a new low in politics.

    August 28, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Diane

    I'm voting for Corzine. Nothing could make me vote for Christie. Or, Republican. Ever.

    August 28, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Steve

    If you elect him, he gets a driver , right? Maybe voting him in is a public service..

    August 28, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. John Black Hills/SD

    Christies irresponsible behavior on the "public" streets is a trait that helps define Christies "lack of respect for everyone" who shares the road way. The USA needs responsible leadership that starts with respecting your neighbors. Search for traits that reflect this defect in Christies personality, we're not looking for perfect, just responsible individuals who don't think they're above the law.

    August 28, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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