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. Nick

    ...and the logic follows that because he's a bad driver, he will be a poor administrator of the state, right? Since he rolled through a few stop signs or went over the speed limit, he can't surely balance a budget better than Gov. Corzine, right? I still say he who hath not broken traffic laws may throw the first stone.

    August 28, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. TheTruth

    It isn't like Christie killed his secretary unlike some other nameless politician the mindless media celebrates.

    August 28, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Tiffins

    It's sad that the only thing you can dig up on your opponent is traffic violations.

    Even McCain stooped that low against Obama with parking violations

    August 28, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    Sounds like Corzine is becoming desperate and is scraping the barrel for anything to criticize his opponent

    August 28, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Mariann Pepitone

    What has traffic tickets Igot to do with the campaign for governor. Both candidates have been given tickets. And why is Michele Brown so concerned about a $46,000 loan that was not recorded. She is not the one that would be in trouble and that was a petty move of her's to resign over something as stupid as that. She had a good paying job why did she need a loan in the first place. I understand that Christie is running ahead of Corzine and traffic tickets is not going to change a voters mind who to vote for.

    August 28, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Michael

    A republican who is also a menace to society? Whodathunk?..........

    August 28, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. JerseyMike

    are you kidding me Mr Corzine? how about your accident that nearly killed you and a state trooper for speeding?

    He'll beg borrow cheat steal lie to get re-elected.

    Corzine's smear tactics have no limit.

    Christie needs to fight back already.

    Just bring up carla katz, the failed economy. anything to get Corzine out of NJ. We can't take him anymore. The unions hate him, the business hate him, the people hate him.

    August 28, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. joanne

    law enforcement sure does let amny criminals slip by even when it as plain as white..THEY NEVER CECK UP ON PEDIFILES.

    we need better and more observant law enforcement and judges and lawyers less likely to accept money and to enhance their decisions. it is time to enforce the law as it is written.

    August 28, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. BrandonR

    This is getting ridiculous. Corzine can't beat Christie on the issues, so he keeps dragging up stuff that us New Jerseyans simply don't care about it. Face, Corzine. Come January, you're out of a job.

    August 28, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. RR

    If that's the best Corzine has, he's in BIG trouble.

    August 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Mariann Pepitone

    13 moving violations in the last 2-1/2 decades is mild compare to people who have had that many within three to six months. Moving violations doesn't mean you are not qualified to run the state. Christie is not a menace to society because of his violations. We all have had tickets in our time so it is not a big deal. The matter is now cleaned up and Corzine should put it to rest. I believe Christie has a good chance of winning this election and would make a good governor but he should not take Brown back.

    August 28, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. lou

    At least he doesn't drive drunk, use drugs or cheat on his taxes or his wife. If this is the worst that can be said about this guy, he's ready for sainthood in the political world of America these days. Nominate the guy for sainthood, don't criticize him.

    August 28, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. PD

    republican or democrat aside, this is new jersey...what jersey native ISN'T a "menace to society on the highways of new jersey" lol

    August 28, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Paul from Phoenix

    Can you say....Desperation.

    August 28, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Wise Latina

    Of course Corzine would resort to petty name calling and juvenile fear mongering. He's a loony lib, right?

    Dems have no other weapons, and thus stand unarmed in the arena of ideas.

    August 28, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    He'd be a lot bigger menace as governor of New Jersey. Don't let it happen!

    August 28, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    seriously on CNN you are reporting stories on speeding tickets.

    August 28, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Carole

    LOL...what is with the Rethugs and speeding tickets. That Lt. Gov in South Carolina is speedy gonzalez.

    August 28, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    Corzine is pulling at straws.
    He is a terrible leader , but "i have a great driving record"
    IDIOT.

    August 28, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. Biased

    Why would the NJ Motor Vehicle commission release documents like that? Did someone ask for them and who was it if they did and is it legal? Can anyone just go there and ask to see someone's driving record just for the fun of it?

    August 28, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. JM

    Nothing, and I repeat nothing, will save Corzine's rear end from getting tossed from office. This is a pretty weak and lame attempt at attacking a political opponent. But then again, Democrats are going to be hunted like vermin in the next elections both at the state and federal level.

    August 28, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Gary

    Corzine worked at Goldman Sachs on wall street. He ran for senate but didn't finish his term. He ran for governor, sped down the highway causing a accident.....Corzine is a menace to society. He needs to be replaced. He's a lousy governor and I'm fed up with the Democrats tax talk, crazy spending and government take overs (especially of healthcare). Corzine is the menace.

    August 28, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Jonathan Myers

    We should base our decision on who to elect on how many traffic tickets they've received? Great campaign idea, Corzine – fortunately, intelligent Jersey residents aren't falling for your tactics.

    August 28, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Sounds like Corzine is desperate. Guess a crook like Corzine would know a menace if he saw one.

    August 28, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. Dee

    Are you looking for a Governor or a driver ed instructor? Just wondering............

    August 28, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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