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Corzine Running In N.J. On His Progressive Record -- And Most Importantly, Against George W. Bush

"They just say we should trust them," Corzine said of the Republicans. "Well, I don't know about you, but I'm not about to put my trust in the same people who gave us George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, skyrocketing unemployment, a housing crisis, bank bailouts, and a war in Iraq."

"America doesn't need to be Bushwacked again!" Corzine said to applause. "New Jersey cannot afford to be Bushwacked again! Let the Republican party talk all it wants. When it comes to credibility, the voters will decide who really gets things done."

Corzine also said that his administration, and the Democratic state legislature, have delivered for New Jersey on various issues. "Come to think of it, the only thing Republicans have delivered is the longest, deepest economic recession in 80 years," he added. "I ask, and I know the answer to this, why would we want to go back to the same failed policies that created this problem in the first place?"

Corzine's own approval ratings have been very much lackluster, and he's trailed Christie in all the recent polls. But New Jersey also has a well known political tradition: That a sizable number of voters don't genuinely like the Democratic candidate, and hold off by calling themselves undecided. But in the home stretch, they will fall in line for the Democrat -- or to be more accurate, they vote against the Republicans. So expect the Democrats to continually use the Bush name, and the fact that his opponent was a U.S. Attorney in the Bush Administration itself, to keep that pattern going.