Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello would love to run for governor.
Specifically, he’d like to take on Gov. Jon Corzine, a man who arrived in office with some flashy business credentials but whom Cresitello doesn’t think has done a good job.
The governor’s suggestion of a pension holiday for towns and counties represents the governor’s latest gaffe, in the view of the mayor who earlier this year ran aground in his primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), when he finished behind Lautenberg and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) with 10 percent of the vote.
“We wanted exposure,” Cresitello admitted today in a telephone interview. “Andrews took away my opportunity. We couldn’t raise the money once Andrews got in there. If he hadn’t gotten in the race, we could’ve raised the $5 million he raised.”
That might have enabled the self-described Lyndon Johnson-school, public works Democrat to build a statewide radius at least important enough to launch a race for governor next year, the mayor argues.
But failing a platform to raise cash, he, like others, won’t challenge Corzine in 2009.
“I don’t have the money and I don’t know how to raise the money in this environment,” Cresitello said.
The first-term mayor said at present he does not know if he would pursue reelection in Morristown next year.
“I still have not decided to run for mayor,” Cresitello told PolitickerNJ.com. “People are hounding me. We have projects we need to finish, but I have to talk to my wife before I make a decision.”