Today is an important moment in the 2009 race for Governor of New Jersey. In Trenton, Gov. Jon Corzine seeks to get Legislative approval of his state budget. In Washington, Republican Christopher Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, testifies before a House Judiciary subcommittee considering legislation to change the way federal monitors in deferred prosecution agreements are selected.
Corzine, with upside-down approval ratings in independent polls, especially on economic issues, needs a budget that he can sell as a success story. Christie, criticized for lucrative federal monitor contracts to former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former New York U.S. Attorney David Kelley, and political allies Herbert Stern and John Inglesino, needs to get through the hearing without making any real news. He wants to make sure voters care more about Corzine's handling of the economy.