Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ex-Wives, the Bane of Wealthy Pols

The Ex-Wife of Democrat Senator and New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine reflects on her Ex-husband:

His ex-wife said that she noticed a change in her husband soon after he decided to run, in 1999, for the Senate. She said she had been taken aback by the blatant way party leaders bartered their endorsements in return for campaign contributions, and thought that her husband would be [taken aback], too. But he brushed aside her concerns, calling them naïve, she said.

As his campaign and political goals became more consuming, Mr. Corzine distanced himself from friends and family, finally ending the 33-year marriage and leaving his old life [and old wife] behind, she said.

"When I saw the campaign ad where Andrea Forrester said, 'Doug never let his family down and he won't let New Jersey down,' all I could think was that Jon did let his family down, and he'll probably let New Jersey down, too," Ms. Corzine said.

New York Times, Nov. 2, 2005 [See here].

Jon Corzine, who grew up on a farm town in Illinois, got his MBA from the University of Chicago and made a fortune at Goldman Sachs, is expected to survive his ex-wife’s criticism and win the gubernatorial election, over his Republican opponent- Doug Forrester, next Tuesday. [See post immediately below for more on the New Jersey gubernatorial election contest].