Corzine joins Reporters Roundtable panel tonight

WOODLEY PARK – NJN political director Michael Aron sits on a stage in a ballroom here at the Marriot in Washington, D.C., taping Reporters Roundtable in front of a live audience on the occasion of the 72nd annual New Jersey Chamber Trip.

Joining Aron and three reporters is Gov. Jon Corzine, who argues the necessity of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan and answers some questions about the unfolding gubernatorial campaign, including former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s campaign kickoff next Wednesday.

“There will be significant political debate and I welcome it; it will make for a better end result,” Corzine says. But “while we’re trying to think about rationalizing a budget, it is better for those of us sitting in office to stay focused on those issues.”

Still, Aron presses the governor to open up about his adversaries, including Christie and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. He squeezes a lot in in 25 minutes.

The taping ends. The ballroom empties.

The program airs tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday, at 10 a.m. Reporters participating on the show are Herb Jackson of the Record of Bergen, Claire Heininger of the Star-Ledger, and Kevin McArdle of Millennium News Radio.

Corzine joins Reporters Roundtable panel tonight