August 28th, 2009
08:20 PM ET
13 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. walt

    Haha, ok Jon. Sadly I am a democrat and your campaign reeks of the pot calling the kettle black. Maybe you should just stick to wearing your seatb belt instead of throwing stones from your fragile glass house.

    August 28, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Ryan

    If the Motor Vehicle Commission says Christie's record is in good standing, then the Corzine campaign's name-calling has no merit whatsoever.

    August 28, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. muggles

    Aren't Republicans above the law? They sure act like they are.

    August 28, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. GuyInVA

    First of all, I lived in NJ for 5 years. Rare is the NJ driver who is NOT a menace on the roads. One of the most frightening sights on the road is that yellow license plate that says "Garden State" (because the "Oil And Petrochemical Refinery State" wouldn't fit on the license plate – thank you Sandra Bullock). Second, if that's the best ammo against Christie that Governor Corzine has, he should suspend his campaign now.

    August 28, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Keno

    Well isn't that a clever little strategy. Too bad Corzine is a menace to everyone, everywhere in New Jersey with his total obliteration of the state's economic health, crime situation and schools. He should simply be locked up under house arrest and kept from inflicting any more harm on the state. Or he can take his chances on the freeways.

    August 28, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. valwayne

    Talk about unmitigated gall. Corzine just recently recovered from an accident because he was illegally speeding at 91 miles an hour in a state car in a 65 mile per hours zone. He was injured because he apparently feels free to violate the speed laws as well as the seat belt laws he is responsible for enforcing as the Governor of the state. He was critically injured because of his legal violations, and its just sheer luck somebody wasn't killed! Talk about desperation. Apparently when you are a multi-millionaire you have no shame!

    August 28, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Wow, what an observation. Who was it that had the accident with no seatbelt on?

    August 28, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. jon

    A menace to society? Just a bit of a stretch, isn't it?

    August 28, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Xavier

    Occasional is once or twice, thirteen and six is an individual with problems.

    August 28, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    HOW LAME !!!!! See ya later Corzine.

    August 28, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Sam

    That's odd....I forget which idiot almost killed himself for not wearing seat belts?

    August 28, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. LAWoman

    Pot Vs kettle from what I can see. Welcome to NJ - the armpit of America.

    August 28, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. ROBERT

    She definately has no respect for laws. Imagine how many people's lives she risked with her recklessness. She should have her driver's license revoked. She is definately a hazard to humanity.

    August 28, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Tom

    The best Corzine can do is complain about the guy's driving record?
    What a joke.

    August 28, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Dan

    This coming from the Governor who almost died and had to relinquish his dutied because he didn't wear a seat belt and allowed his driver to go 80+ on the Garden State Parkway! What a joke a) that he tried to make this an issue since he's such a loser and b) he's a hypocrite. Corzine needs to go.

    August 28, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Craig

    You gotta love the republican'ts! These "Do as I say – not as I do" idiots are a disgrace.

    Maybe Christie will become another poster child for the gop.

    Stand up America! The gop have tried to ruin America. Don't let them try again!

    August 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Not2Blue

    How could anybody have that many traffic tickets and still have a license to drive?

    August 28, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Buh bye Corzine.

    August 28, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Steven

    The stench of desperation..............

    August 28, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Jim

    When your campaign has to look at how many tickets a candidate has gotten in the last 25 years, your campaign has become desperate and you need to quit.

    August 28, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Rick in OP

    Say goodbye, Jon.

    August 28, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. malclave


    Democrats often viciously attack Republicans for things they do themselves.

    It's the way you liberals "think".

    August 28, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Denna

    GOP = Menace to Society. Yeah, so who's surprised? I was approached by one of those "Tea Party" nuts yesterday whining about taxes. My only question is: "where the heck were you people when this mess started BEFORE Barack Obama became president? Our deficit looks bigger because he put the two wars we are fighting "on the books". Lil Shrub hid the costs. President Obama is being upfront. America is not used to that.

    August 28, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Dave in Illinois

    It seems to me that the state provides a car and driver to the Governor anyway so what's the point. Next we'll hear that he beats his wife and kids.

    August 28, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. john

    Corzine is desparate.

    August 28, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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