The World Series and the pols

NPR’s Ken Rudin has a story on politicians riding on the coattails of baseball teams. After rolling his eyes at Bloomberg being an attention whore in the Yankees’ locker room last night, Rudin asks an intriguing question: what do the people running for Governor of New Jersey do about the World Series? What plays in Camden doesn’t necessarily play in Hoboken! And Game 5 is scheduled for the night before the election . . .

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  1. YankeesfanLen said...

    Just for the record, Christie did a radio interview this morning and, calling himself a North Jersey Fan, came out for the Yankees.
    The other two have not spoken yet, but I’ll bet Corzine comes out for both.

  2. The Rabbit said...

    Because I have been a South Jersey politician, I know I would say something like “Half my family is from Philly, the other half live in the boroughs of NYC. I’ve followed both teams.” (This happens to be true.) I would then try to impress the interviewer with brilliant insight of both teams’ lineups and if that fails, baffle him with BS.
    You’re correct…The perfect Corzine response.

  3. YankeesfanLen said...

    @The Rabbit
    There’s an interesting audio about the NJ dividing line between Yankees and Phillies.
    I’m no good at links, it’s on under audio.

  4. The Rabbit said...

    @Yankeefan Len
    Thanks for the link.  I listened to it and found it interesting.
    Politically, there’s a different line in NJ.  When I lived in NJ, whenever there has been a statewide public referendum to partition NJ into two states, North Jersey and South Jersey, the dividing line was the northern borders of Burlington and Ocean Counties. That’s just south of Trenton. I’ll also note that it’s always been South Jersey that has wanted to secede from the north but it lacked the population to outvote the northern part of the State.
    There has been a population and demographic shift since the last public referendum in which I participated and the political/financial issues may no longer be as valid.

  5. Kevin S. said...

    The Rabbit, Monmouth County is typically red, mostly for economic reasons.  I think Ocean County is too, but given the southern half of it, perhaps not for the same reason…

  6. Kevin S. said...

    And for the record, Daggett’s a pretty big Yankee fan.  Yes, he is a legitimate player in this race, and I will continue bashing heads until people realize they don’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils.

  7. The Rabbit said...

    @Kevin Are you talking politics or Phillies colors? wink
    If it’s politics-The secession issue that I was addressing had nothing to do either political party.  Southern New Jersey residents, living in the part of the State with fewer counties and a much smaller population (and therefore fewer State Representatives) felt that their tax dollars were not proportionately being returned to the southern part of the State. I’ll spare you all of the details of the debates.
    This issue was memorable because at the time I was holding elected public office in South Jersey and was the only aide to the Senator who was Chairman of the State Appropriations Committee. (BTW…This Senator was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to plant drugs on another member of the State Legislature. That might help you with the time frame.) 
    The last secession ballot question that I remember was in the late 70’s-early 80’s. (After the first casino opened in Atlantic City.)

  8. Kevin S. said...

    Oh, I wasn’t referring to the secession issues at all.  I didn’t realize that’s what you meant when you were talking about the division of the state.  Comprehensionfail on my part.

  9. Simon DelMonte said...

    Bloomberg, last I recall, was a Red Sox fan.  So he’s clearly pandering.  At least with Rudy, it was genuine, though annoying.

    I much prefer Ed Koch on this count.  He would show up as needed when the Yanks or Mets won, but for the most part refused to have much to do with sports.  And he even told the Giants to have their victory parade somewhere else, since they didn’t play in New York anymore.  Compare that with Bloomberg insisting on a parade after the last Giants Super Bowl win.

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