Over the next two years there will be 38 gubernatorial elections, two of which will be taking place this very year: Virginia, and my home state of New Jersey.
I'm particularly worried about the race here, because while I'm glad to finally be rid of the fucking fatass Chris Christie, I sure as hell do not want the state to elect another corporate Democrat who will prove to be just as corrupt as Christie. Here are the current candidates:
The current Democratic frontrunner, Phil Murphy, is a former Goldman Sachs executive. Isn't this exactly what Jon Corzine was criticized for? Isn't this exactly what is wrong with a number of Trump's cabinet members? Isn't this exactly the kind of special interest influence progressives do not want to see in our political system any longer?
Sure, the reason he's gotten the most exposure is because he has the most money. If the state Democrats decide to throw their backing behind Murphy for this reason, because "he can raise the most funds to compete against the Republicans" then they're setting themselves up to lose, just like in the general election last year. Although I don't see much difference between Republicans and corporate Democrats, and in practice there isn't much difference either. The establishment Democrats might be 0.4% less corrupt as the saying goes, and they might throw you a bone on civil rights every so often, but they behave almost identically to the Republicans the rest of the time.
I've been looking into the two candidates who are trailing Murphy, but I haven't been able to find out much about them. John Wisniewski was the head of the Bernie Sanders campaign in NJ in 2016 and the only elected official to support Bernie (Hillary would end up winning the state's primary by 2:1) so I at least know where he stands. Jim Johnson has a decent record on the issues, and my college is running an internship co-op with his campaign, but I don't know much else about him. I do think either of them would be preferable to Murphy, I'm just not sure who to support.
I want the candidate who is the least corrupted by corporate money, since that's the only kind of candidate I can really trust when they make promises to the people.