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					                                                                                                                                                                                      November 24, 2008

                    Corzine and Christie: Perfect Together?                                                                                                                    How to Reach Us
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                     GOV. JON S. CORZINE might have a better shot at getting           ney in 2001. Surely the state’s upstanding business owners would cheer a move
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                     tapped for an Obama cabinet spot if he pulled a page from         to put Christie in the Corzine administration to go after the cheaters.
         Our the president-elect’s playbook.                                                Sure, Christie is a Republican — and the likely rival to any Corzine
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  Point of                 The governor could emulate Barack Obama’s spirit            re-election bid next year. But Corzine has reached across the aisle before,            FAX: OPERATIONS (732) 846-0421
       View of bipartisanship by hiring Christopher J. Christie to push                appointing Republican Bob Franks, who he faced off against for a                       REPRINTS For article reprints, please
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                     Corzine’s agenda for ethics reform. Who better than               U.S. Senate seat, to help push his toll monetization plan. And then there’s the        Wright’s Reprints: 1-877-652-5295.
Christie, who will step down as U.S. attorney for New Jersey next week, to lead        strategy of “The Art of War” author Sun Tzu, “Keep your friends close and your         For photos, please see

the important effort of keeping politicians and government contractors hon-            enemies closer.”
est? And if there’s any role in state government that should be nonpartisan, it             Christie’s resignation was widely expected because Obama would likely             PUBLISHER
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has to be the task of cracking down on the corrupt, whose illegal acts aren’t          have replaced the Republican upon assuming office. What better symmetry
limited by political affiliation.                                                      than Christie being hired by another Democrat so he could continue his                 DIRECTOR OF SALES
     Graft hurts the small businesses that play by the rules. Christie has tallied     crime busting in New Jersey? ◆                                                         Joshua Gertzog
more than 130 government corruption convictions since he became U.S. attor-                                               What do you think? Tell us at   SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
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   New Jersey Chamber of Commerce/                                                                                                                                            Joe Malone
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               NJBIZ Poll                                                                                                                                                     Merry Solomon
    What is the best way New Jersey’s government                                                                                                                              EDITOR
     can aid business during this economic crisis?                                                                                                                            Sharon Waters
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        Lower corporate business taxes, as well
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        as other taxes                                                                                                                                                        Beth Fitzgerald
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        Create more incentive programs that
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        encourage job creation                                                                                                                                                Meghan Shapiro
        Ease regulatory burdens on companies                                                                                                                                  STAFF WRITERS
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        Increase work force training programs                                                                                                                                 Accounting/Finance/Law
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        Not sure      
Description: The 2008 State New Econo- my Index, compiled by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, ranks states using 26 indicators - including knowledge jobs, export activity and business startups - and concluded that New Jersey is No. 2 in the nation, up from sixth in 1999. Who's right and who's wrong depends on what you measure, though you could argue that the Tax Foundation disqualifies its own rankings with this disclaimer: "Clearly, there are many other non-tax factors that affect a state's overall business climate: its proximity to raw materials or transportation centers, the quality of its education system and the skill of its work force."
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