Blasting LG debate format, Weinberg stays on the attack against Christie

HAMILTON – Likeninglast week'sMonmouth University lieutenant governor's debate to the Jerry Springer Show, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) stumped for Hamilton Council candidate Wendy Sturgeon at Padrino's this evening, unapologeticallyreiterating thatif people think she's being partisan by bashing former President George W. Bush, they're not honsetly assessing the reach of the damage his policies wrought.

Or the natural Christie connection.

"They booed me at the so-called debate the other night," Weinberg, standing beside Sturgeon, tolda small crowd of Mercer County Democrats packed into this Italian ristorante on Kuser Road. "But it was the Bush policies of cutting taxes for the wealthy that got us into this mess. It was George Bush who voted against the Family Care Program, which Barack Obama reinstated."

GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christiefundraisedfor Bushfor the Texan's 2000 presidential campaign.

Conversely, said Weinberg, "We've got a great guy leading us in Gov. Jon Corzine. He worked his way up from the mailroom to the boardroom. He could be relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean and instead he's working for the people of the State of New Jersey."

"For a dollar,"" someone cried from the audience, referring to the former Wall Street CEO's salary as governor.

Staying with women's issues as she held hands with Sturgeon and welcomed Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-South Brunswick) to the front of the room, Weinberg also stayed on the offensive with an argument she madeat the LG debateabout the need to preserve mandated insurance coveragefor women's mammogram screenings.

"I can assure you, if insurance companies could get out of them (mandates for mammogram coverage), they'd get out of them," said Corzine's candidate for lieutenant governor, branding Christie an apologist for insurance companies that would seek laxerstate requirements at the expense of women.

Asked about appearing rattled at last week's LG debate with Republican Kim Guadagno, Weinberg said the moderatorsoccupied seats behind her, making it impossible forher tosee when they were addressing a question to herunless sheconstantly turned around. Blasting LG debate format, Weinberg stays on the attack against Christie