The Hudson Machine

Obviously, Hudson County is a huge part of Jon Corzine’s formula for victory, just like it is for any Democrat who runs statewide. Consider the ’01 results from Hudson: Jim McGreevey (D) 85,074 Bret Schundler (R) 37,440 If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a 47,634-vote plurality for McGreevey– almost 1/4 of his entire statewide plurality. And don’t forget, Schundler was Jersey City’s mayor– Hudson was his turf. The Corzine campaign’s goal today is a 60,000-vote plurality out of Hudson (that may be like asking $1 million for a house in order to get the $750,000 you really want), which makes an e-mail I just received from a Democrat who checked out the Corzine operation in Hoboken this morning rather interesting: “The surprising thing was the tension between the ‘neutral’ poll workers and the Corzine challenger. Usually these folks are all one big happy family. Another fact is that in contrast to prior elections there have been virtually no signs in Hoboken this election. I could be wrong, but my guess is that Hoboken will be A LOT closer than anyone expects.” This is purely anecdotal, but it makes you wonder….

The Hudson Machine