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

Corzine camp slams Christie loan in new ad

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(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. James

    Powerful people can get away with anyhthing don't they. I mean, Tom Dashcle took a beating from the Republicans. I think Republicans are hypcrites, and thats something they got to work on.

    August 31, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Too dumb a lawyer to retain competent tax professionals, and way too dumb to govern even the Garbage State of New Jersey.

    August 31, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. A. Goodwin

    Wow...sounds like a Republican to me!

    GO DEMS GO!!

    August 31, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. machtim akannah

    Classic do what I say and not what I do. The D's and the R's are equally guilty of hypocrisy and corruption. A pox on all their houses.

    August 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Chris

    Sounds like he's just another Obama cabinet appointee.

    August 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. fellow from chicago

    Corzine, what's your point? Seems like Christie is a natural fit for New Jersey. I say he wins the state by six points or more.

    August 31, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Smells like a little "hush your mouth honeymoney" to us.

    August 31, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. They call me "Tater Salad"

    There's no such thing as an honest politician, never has been, never will be! People don't run for public office just because there a "hellava" guy! They run because they want to ride the gravy train of power, privilege, and personal financial gain! To believe otherwise would be foolish!

    August 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. rr

    If you can't say anything positive about your own campaign, throw mud at the other guy!

    Corzine's getting very negative very quickly.

    New Jersey is a mess, and Corzine's making it messier!

    August 31, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Mike, FL

    Thats called a tax cheating hipocrat!

    August 31, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How many things has Christie not mentioned that might raise eyebrows? I am sure most, if not all, Corzine's issues have been raised during his time as US Senator and governor of NJ. I would like to know why it hasn't been done earlier for Christie. I guess he was spending to much time with Rove and is trying to figure out how to work in Executive Privilage into this so he doesn't have to say any more.

    I saw Christie's commercial where he has people say "I voted for Obama and now I am going to vote for Christie." How many of those people are actually NJ residents? How many people actually voted for Obama really plan to vote for Christie? If they want change, then they should review all that are up for election in November.

    August 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. barb

    The loan was made in 2007. He said it was an "oversight" that the interest received was not reported in his tax returns. A practicing attorney receives interest for two years and said it was an oversight that he didn't report it? I sure wouldn't want an attorney representing me (nor a governor) if he can't remember income received for two years!

    I just wonder what rate of interest she was being charged? Was that legal too? The hole could get deeper as more information is revealed.

    August 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. O P Gomillion

    Even if Christie were an outright thief, he would be a better governor than that twisted-morals man Corzine.

    August 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. JerseyMike

    and Corzine made BEDROOM deals with Carla Katz and the unions? Why not talk of that?

    Why won't Corzine publicly debate Christine and Longeran prior to October 22nd if at all?

    It seems all Corzine wants to do is lie in the press to try to convince the citizens of NJ that we need him for another 4 years.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out Jon.

    August 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. NorthEastIndependant

    Why doesn't CNN report on the MILLIONS that Corzine gave Katz, a Union President who happened to be Corslimes mistress. Corzine's wife and family left him, he has no family roots in NJ, just political ambitions.

    Corslime NJ will not make the same mistake twice!

    August 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. TomJay

    I guess Corzine needs to bring Christie down to the very low level of Jon Corzine. Negative politics at its worst.

    August 31, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Idiot_Pelosi

    CORZINE is running with the AD after all the proven corruption in his camp?

    Corzine might as well take his ball and go home.

    August 31, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Ron

    He's right, it was an oversight. It's always an oversight...until someone catches you (their oversight, not yours Christie). Then, it becomes a crime.

    August 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. disgusted

    I've got an idea. How about the two of you talk about policy?

    August 31, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    Yeah, right. When a Democrat finds a mistake in his taxes, reports it, and pays the taxes, he's cheating the American people - when a Republican does it, it is an "inadvertent oversight". Hmm.

    Then the motor vehicle charges. In my mind, those are even more serious. A US citizen who was not an attorney would not be able to drive away in an unregistered vehicle!

    Good campaign fodder, there.

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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