"Substantive debate of the issues equals quality governance."
The New Jersey Governors race has been a classic street fight that defines the electorial process in the Garden State. At times it plays like a cable stations' reality television show, and as the "Jersey" saying goes, "You just can't make this stuff up."
State Democratic Party Chairman, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, during a rally the other evening, was performing his role as party cheerleader for incumbent Governor Jon Corzine when he decided to take on GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's weight as a campaign issue. I'm not going to go into full detail of his comments, so let's just say that Cryan made mention of Christie's weight in an unflattering manner, and tried to tie it into his ability to lead as Governor.
It is no secret that Christie is a large man and, as with many of us, has fought the battle of the bulge for most of his life. His performance as a United States Attorney for New Jersey was certainly not hampered by his weight as he locked-up every crooked politician he could get his hands on to the tune of over 100 - regardless of party affiliation.
A candidate's weight doesn't tell me how they will reduce my taxes or improve the schools in my district.
A candidate's weight doesn't tell me how they will improve the quality of life for our senior citizens, or provide top-notch, affordable healthcare for my family.
A candidate's weight doesn't tell me how they will provide the leadership, creativity and discipline necessary to govern our state back to fiscal prosperity.
The last time I looked, I saw people of all shapes and sizes living in our great state doing wonderful things, both in private and public venues. These folks run the socioeconomic gambit - from blue collar to white collar; they are mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers and sisters.
I wonder if Assemblyman Cryan, who would never be mistaken for a small man, has any relatives that fall into any of the above categories? Is he less proud of them or treat them as unfit in their life roles because of their weight? I sincerely doubt it.
So Assemblyman Cryan, yes, lead your party into the election battle as is expected of the state chairman, but be careful which stone you choose to throw first in your glass house - maybe you could drop a few pounds yourself.