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. Jon

    Who cares, New Jersey sucks. I would speed too, to get out of that dump. Gotta love Philadelphia's Doormat

    August 29, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Don

    Did not your guy have a big accident himself.... why raise this issue morons!?

    August 29, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  3. Ed M.

    They're all reckless in New Jersey. I wouldn't drive in that state if my life depended on it. Unfortunately, ... it often does.

    August 29, 2009 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. NJ realist

    At least Christie doesnt have his goons speeding him around causing accidents. Corzine was traveling at nearly 90 MPH when his driver lost control and nearly killed him and innocent bystanders.

    Corzine's people feel the pink slip coming so they are getting desperate

    August 29, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  5. mikescandore@aol.com

    i think this kind of personal attack is reaching for political survival

    in vt my neighbor has 3 dui convictions and is still out and about

    politicians are a menace to society

    August 29, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. Mike

    Oh no! Speeding Tickets! Seriously? Corzine and his now openly known corrupt cronies are done. Desperate acts won't get you re-elected. It's time for change in NJ.

    August 29, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  7. Gerdee

    It's not surprising!!! Christie is a Repuplican!!! They all do the same thing. They would be preaching people to do stuff they would never do. They can never walk the walk.
    They claim to be Conservative, meaning they believe in moral values and stuff, they believe in Family... But, they have so many mistresses and men on the side.... Remember Gov. Sanford?
    People need to open their eyes. Republicans are liars. All their move is about their own interest. Let me know if I'm wrong, Why do you think they don't want a Government Option in the Health Care Reform? They are getting paid by the Insurance Companies...

    August 29, 2009 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. chris c

    They are so desperate. Corzine should give up now. Whose motorcade nearly killed himself and other innocent civilians? Corzine's . What was the so called emergency? To meet with the rutgers basketball team and Don Imus. Corzine will be unemployed soon.

    August 29, 2009 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  9. Legna

    Let the smearing begin. CAN'T WAIT TO C THE SMUT ON CORZINE..Lets c bankrupted N.J. No new jobs n New Jersey. Businesses moving out of his State, small business bankrupties up. What more smutttt could u want.Oh!!!!! and govt. jobs have increased relative to the tax receipts. Just beautiful!!!

    August 29, 2009 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    This is only politics.
    Who has more traffic tickets? Please!
    Did Christie go to jail for any of his violations?
    If bad driving is the worst thing about Corzine's challenger, then Christie must be great.
    Vote for Christie!

    August 29, 2009 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  11. Edward lawler

    Both are a menace to society, not only because of their driving records, but also of their desire for power and authority. They will both be party hacks and the people of New Jersey will pay, in more ways than one.

    August 29, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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