(WEST ORANGE, NOVEMBER 1) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe today issued the following statement regarding Jim McGreevey’s fitness to be the Governor of New Jersey:
“Today’s profile of Jim McGreevey in The New York Times raises troubling questions about his character and should make voters in New Jersey take a long, deep breath before they go into the voting booth on Tuesday.
“Peeling away Jim’s paper-thin veneer as the ‘blue collar kid with middle class values,’ this profile reveals an all-image, zero-substance candidate who is more artificial and less genuine than his eleventh-hour promise not to raise taxes again.
“Why did Jim McGreevey move to Woodbridge? According to his close friends, McGreevey wanted to live in a town that would be an ideal base for his political aspirations. Why did Jim McGreevey join St. James parish? According to his friends, it was the largest parish in town, useful for contacts in his planned run for Assemblyman. Why did he join the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office? According to his work colleagues, Jim McGreevey -- the consummate resume builder -- wanted to ‘[punch] his ticket as a lawman.’
“Jim’s brief stint as a prosecutor in Middlesex County could have been a source of respect. Unfortunately, Jim tarnished this part of his resume by abusing the privileges of his office. The prosecutor’s job put Jim McGreevey, a power-hungry, Middlesex County-machine-pol, in possession of a law enforcement badge, which his own friends claim he used repeatedly to avoid getting tickets when stopped by local police for traffic violations. In fact, according to a Highland Park police report, Jim even used his badge when he was stopped by a local police officer for reckless driving -- LONG AFTER LEAVING THE EMPLOY of the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office.
“When Jim McGreevey says that the problem with auto insurance in New Jersey is that ‘good drivers are subsidizing bad ones,’ I guess he is speaking from personal experience. Too bad every driver in New Jersey doesn’t have access to a prosecutor’s badge to get them out of speeding tickets and other assorted moving violations.
“And finally, how does a former member of the ‘God-Squad,’ student at St. Joseph’s elementary and high schools, church lector at St. James, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Ancient Order of the Hibernians suddenly become opposed to partial birth abortion and parental notification? Simple: He put his political ambitions ahead of his roots. But don’t take our word for it. ‘We polled it. And we decided he was pro-choice,’ admitted his campaign manager when asked about Jim’s preparation for his first run for elected office.
“In the wake of September 11, with a clear need for strong leadership to keep our State safe and tax cuts to keep our economy strong, New Jersey doesn’t need an ambition-driven, principle-abandoning career politician who puts his lust for power over his principles, and political popularity over his character. It needs a leader who has the trust and confidence of President Bush and ‘America’s Mayor,’ Rudy Giuliani. New Jersey needs Bret Schundler -- a courageous reformer who will KEEP our State safe and cut taxes to keep our economy strong.”