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New Jersey.

Party leaders, campaign workers and political consultants in the Garden State barely have time to catch their breath. In 2007, every seat in the state legislature will be on the ballot, and Democrats are concerned about losing some seats in the General Assembly, where they hold a 49-31 edge, and perhaps their 22-18 majority in the Senate. The key issues in 2007? Government ethics and ever-increasing property taxes, which citizens here see as connected. Patronage, dual office-holding, bloated contracts, and excessive spending have led to high state as well as local levies, and key Democratic leaders have been indicted or are under investigation. Governor Jon Corzine has promised property tax and comprehensive ethics reform, but it remains to be seen whether the legislature will allow him to accomplish either. If they don't, some Democratic legislators may be looking for work after next November's elections.

David P. Rebovich, Ph.D., Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics
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Title Annotation:INSIDE POLITICS: ACROSS STATE LINES; general assembly elections
Author:Rebovich, David P.
Publication:Campaigns & Elections
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NJ
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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