While Gov. Jon Corzine may have made the right big picture decision to fire Joseph Doria from his cabinet hours after the FBI raided his home and office, he might pay a price in Bayonne when he seeks to turn out voters in the November gubernatorial election. Doria is a popular guy in parts of Bayonne, where he has held public office since his election to the school board in 1975. In 31 general elections, primaries, and non-partisan races for mayor and school board, Doria has never lost Bayonne. No charges have been filed against the 63-year-old lifetime Bayonne resident, and if that remains the case by Election Day, it might be hard for some Doria stalwarts to get excited about GOTV for Corzine.
The irony here is that the beneficiary of this could be Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie, who was the U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2008.