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. Dee

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

    August 28, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. thomas

    A menace to society? really? Pathetic partisan politics. Someone should inform this aide, who couldn't function in the real world, what that even means.

    August 28, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Glen

    Silly and petty – just so Democrats

    August 28, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Axel

    Members of Congress have believed they are above the law for years. Specially Republicans... So what else is new?

    August 28, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. JimmyBCT

    Oh please. I've lived in Connecticut for 12 years and always know to look out for those yellow plates with New Jersey on the top. Please. NJ drivers have got to be the worst I've ever seen. Both are guilty of being from the cess pool that is New Jersey.

    August 28, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Leigh

    Why are they talking about traffic tickets when Christie should be in jail for his involvement in, and his attempts to cover up, his participation in the Attorney General scandal?!! There are emails tying him directly to Karl Rove.

    Apparently he is a menace to society in more ways than one.

    August 28, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. psemerson

    Gov. Corzine is correct that people should drive responsibly. I'm sure that the campaign workers who'll again drive to Pennsylvania to collect people to vote in New Jersey will follow all traffic laws.

    August 28, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. indy

    This is the biggest thing going against Chris Christie? Has he paid the fines? Has he had the tickets fixed? Was he driving with a suspended license? I guess Jon Corzine really is in trouble.

    August 28, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    Yes, 13 moving violations is way too many mess-ups.
    But at least Christie has been cited, and not just let go because of who he is.
    Now, let us hope this guy doesn't start racking up DUI/DWI offenses.

    August 28, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Patrick

    This is the best that Corzine has?

    August 28, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. logtaads

    ???? So? The guys has traffic tickets... big deal. What does that mean!

    How exactly does that mean he is not qualified to run or hold office when most of our politicians in both parties are crooked as the day is long.

    August 28, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  12. TangledThorns

    Cozine is pathetic. I'm hoping NJ will wake up to understand Democrats are corrupt.

    August 28, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. ddc

    The good news is that Governor Christie will have a driver.

    August 28, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Adam

    I'm sorry, but didn't Corzine himself nearly die in a traffic accident after not wearing a seatbelt? Christie may be a worse driver, but it sure seems like odd politics for the Corzine camp to remind everyone of it's candidate's most notorious embarrassment.

    As for the accusation, that's some B-rate partisan hyperbole. Sure, Christie looks disqualified for Traffic Safety Instructor, but several apparently non-serious moving violations don't show he can't manage the state. The charges were all civil, not criminal, and he seems to have paid all of the fines.

    Let's just hope Christie gets a driver. And wears a seatbelt.

    August 28, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Jay T.

    This guy clearly knows he is going to get beat and, unfortunately, he refuses to go out with class. This is just inane.

    August 28, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. CNN =

    Sounds like somebody is getting desperate.

    August 28, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. Post always rejected by CNN

    Good gracious, if it was anybody else the license would have been revoked a long time ago.. How can this woman continue to drive. It just shows she has a disregard for public safety. And she wants to be governor AGAIN.

    August 28, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. jim from raytown

    Get this man elected so he can get himself a State Trooper for a chauffer. He'd be less of a menace that way. 'Course thats only good while he's in office

    August 28, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Matt

    Doesn't CNN have more important news to cover than the number of speeding tickets someone has received?

    August 28, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    LOL, it makes hime more like an average person and not a career politian, thats all.

    August 28, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. LouAz

    Pretty simple – All those in New Jersey who have 13 or more moving violations in the last 10 years vote for Christie. If you have less than 13 or NONE, vote for Corzine, or any one else. Play hard ball with the voters and they might shove the bat up your a__ !

    August 28, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  22. cgillette

    printing this story is an indictment for the bias at CNN.

    wasn't corzine the one who recently told his state paid driver to go 120 MPH?

    CNN should apologize to its readers.

    this was written by Donna Brazile with help from LIL' Wolfie Blitzer.

    August 28, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    No, actually, the true 'menaces to society' are profligate tax-and-spenders, mostly Democrats, who seem to be determined to bankrupt the country by giving endless freebies away to welfare bums, or to bankrupt American citizens with outrageous taxation.

    August 28, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  24. Letcommonsenseprevail

    (sniff, sniff) I smell desperation and fear from Corzine because he sucks. A monkey could win against this guy. He's a joke. When I tell people I'm from Jersey, I always make sure to let them know I didn't vote for the putz we have in office now because it invariably comes up.

    Someone please explain to me how a driving record pertains to suitability as a governor.

    August 29, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  25. Richie

    New Jersey == Crooks. Nuff said.

    August 29, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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