Corzine elected governor of New Jersey
EAST BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Sen.
Jon Corzine was elected governor of New Jersey on Tuesday,
defeating Republican Doug Forrester after an exceptionally
nasty and expensive race, media outlets reported.
Corzine, a multi-millionaire and former Wall Street
executive, and Forrester, a wealthy business owner, spent an
estimated $72 million of their own money in campaigns marked by
charges of corruption and infidelity, including the Forrester
campaign’s use of damning quotes by Corzine’s ex-wife.
The contest was set into motion in August 2004 when
then-Gov. James McGreevey, who was married, announced he was
gay, involved with a male staff member and would resign. The
leader of the state senate, Richard Codey, became acting