Clinton speaks at Democratic conference

If Rudy Giuliani is a pseudo-son of New Jersey, then Hillary Clinton might as well be a pseudo-daughter.

Despite the state Democratic party’s recent troubles, Clinton showed up to the conference in Atlantic City as scheduled. She said she felt like an honorary resident, and that she appreciated the move to hold the primary in February.

But if she did live here, she would prefer to rent, not own.

“I am very excited about the possibility of being the first woman president of the United States of America. I can’t do it without your help. I can’t do it without New Jersey,” said Clinton. “I’m personally pretty pleased you moved up your primary, and I feel pretty much like I’m an honorary resident of New Jersey. I just don’t want you to charge me any more property tax on top of what I pay in New York. “Can I get a rebate across the river?”

There was no hint in Clinton’s speech or the introductions that preceded it of Gov. Corzine’s embattled status from his recent cash gift to Carla Katz’s brother-in-law, or the corruption sting yesterday that netted ten Democrats. Instead, Clinton had gushing praise for Corzine and the other Democratic leaders present.

“It’s especially good to be introduced by my friend and your governor. I am so pleased to see him looking so good, so healthy, so strong, so ready to go.”

The speech focused primarily on health care and foreign policy, but Clinton occasionally connected the national issues to local concerns, mentioning the state’s high cost of living and increasing health insurance coverage for children.

“I want to thank the Governor and the legislature of New Jersey, because you’ve set a high standard insuring so many kids, because we know how expensive it is to live in New Jersey and New York.”

Clinton pledged to start withdrawing troops from Iraq immediately, and said she would redirect some of the money that’s being spent on the Iraq war to New Jersey and New York. She also touched on issues like the effect of 9/11 on the two states, and what she said was the negative impact of President Bush’s diplomatic style.

“The era of cowboy diplomacy is over,” said Clinton.

Clinton speaks at Democratic conference