August 31st, 2009
12:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Corzine camp slams Christie loan in new ad

Corzine is on the attack with a new negative ad against Christie.
Corzine is on the attack with a new negative ad against Christie.

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign is staying on the attack, releasing a fresh negative ad that charges Republican rival Chris Christie has "one set of rules for himself, another for everyone else."

"While he was U.S. Attorney, Republican Chris Christie gave one of his subordinates a $46,000 loan. And even though it is required under federal and state laws, Christie never reported the loan. And never paid taxes on the interest he received," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

"When he was caught, Christie said it was a 'mistake.' But he prosecuted people who did the same things. Chris Christie. One set of rules for himself. Another for everyone else."

Christie has denied any impropriety, calling the omission an inadvertent oversight, and telling reporters he plans to update his taxes and all other relevant filings.


It isn't a new line of attack. Last week, a Corzine spokeswoman called Christie "a complete menace to society on the highways of New Jersey" after the state's Motor Vehicle Commission released documents revealing he had racked up 13 moving violations over the last two and a half decades. He was also ticketed for six traffic accidents between 1989 and 2007, the Motor Vehicle Commission confirmed to CNN.

"Every day it becomes more evident that Christie has always had one set of rules for himself and another for everyone else," Corzine spokeswoman Lis Smith said Friday.

Christie's driving history came under scrutiny last 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, the recipient of the controversial $46,000 loan. The campaign said Christie's wife and family were also in the car during that traffic stop.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Amazing that the liberals would focus on this, and at the same time, give a pass to all the tax-cheats Obama nominated for cabinet posts. the hypocrisy and double-standard continues....

    August 31, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    While both parties have had their escapades into the dark side of humanity, it is with out doubt that Republicans ALWAYS partake in corruption while Democrats 'sometimes' partake in it.

    The best way to ensure a corrupt government, is to elect a republican.

    August 31, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Bubba

    These things are crimes in New Jersey? I thought it was a lawless place where anything goes.

    August 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    Since when do liberal democrats hold it against someone that they didn't pay taxes? Ask chief tax collector in congress Charlie Rangel whether or not he ever forgot to pay taxes? For that matter, ask Tim Geithner, the head of the IRS if he ever forgot to pay up? Corzine needs to look into the dealings of his fellow corruptocrats before he starts throwing stones about a loan no one cares about.

    August 31, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Christie, a typical conservative Republican, continues to think he does not have to follow the law. Look out New Jersey!

    August 31, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Joe in NJ

    It's interesting that pretty much all of Corzine's ads are attacks on Christie instead of ads listing his accomplishments as Governor. I wonder why? :P

    August 31, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. sharon

    ommission.......................?

    Oversight..........................?

    nah.......................another one bites the dust..

    August 31, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Kevin

    What about Corzine's loan to the female union boss?

    August 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. xcusme

    Another crooked politician from NJ

    August 31, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. single mom

    Well, if our Treasurer/Secretary of the Treasury and various other cabinet level people can suddenly play catch up with their taxes, then why can't Christie?
    Oooops! I forgot, they're Democrats so they can. Christie is a Republican.

    August 31, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. rob from memphis

    with tax problems like this he should drop from runnning for governor. He should seek a cabinet position in the white house.

    August 31, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Ernie in LA

    I guess these "Public Servants" are above the law. ALL politicians should be automatically audited by the IRS EVERY year.

    August 31, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Didn't pay taxes on this interest of his loan? Mr. Christie, you don't beat a democrat by acting like one! As for Mr. Corzine, Since you are looking for tax cheats, I reccomend you face towards DC! As far as the menace to society ad, wasn't Corzine involved in a crash a few months ago? In short, a ton of hypocrisy there , Mr. Corzine!

    August 31, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Corzine is in big trouble and slinging mud in a desperate attempt to save his own hide! What a disgusting loser!

    August 31, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    That would be RECOMMEND not reccomend! Sorry!

    August 31, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. MillerJ

    Corzine has about as much chance of being re-elected as Harry Reid; in other words, none.

    August 31, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Andy

    Republicans...HA!

    August 31, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Onan Coca

    Corine seemed to have no problems with Geithner or any of the President's other tax cheat cabinet members. He also hasn't publicly scolded Charlie Rangel or Chris Dodd for their finance "issues".

    August 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Mike in LR

    This guy should be on BO's payroll. He has much in common with Getiner and just about everyone else Obama has nominated to serve in his administration.

    If they're good enough why not this guy?

    August 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. phoenix86

    Perhaps, but Corzine thinks that no rules apply to him. Corzine has crippled New Jersey and needs to go.

    August 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. barbara

    christie has…"one set of rules for himself, another for everyone else."

    really? kinda like, no VERY much like, the current congress and administration. the EXACT same thing can, and should be, said about geitner, frank, dodd, pelosi, reid, shumer, obama, holder, rengal and on and on and on. this ad wil simply cause everyone watching to question the dems just as i do.

    August 31, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Gary

    Corzine is pathetic, hope he loses...

    August 31, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. stormerF

    CORIZINE should have no problem with that,he has always been one to play by his own rules,and scoff at others for being honest about theirs.... Corizine the corrupt,should be worried he is on his way out,and hopefully with his illegal suck up administration also.

    August 31, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Carl Justus

    Another case of classic greed of the republicans who seem to find ways to avoid taxes they owe on their own income or pay the taxes on their nannies, gardners, and the illegals they use to work on their multi-million dollar homes.

    August 31, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Voter

    Now, I'm a Corzine fan. But what about the "Wear your Seatbelt" law, Mr. Corzine?

    As I recall, that's one law you thought applied to everyone except you, Mr. Corzine, and things didn't go well for you then, did they?

    August 31, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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