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Corzine Kicks Off Campaign, Tying GOP To Bush

President Bush has been out of office for months. But Gov. Jon Corzine (D) invoked his name and his administration's legacy early and often as he kicked off his re-election bid tonight.

With the result in the Republican primary still undecided, Corzine simply referred to his "opponents" in general, saying they're all talk.

"Our opponents promise the moon. They want to cut government, increase spending, slash taxes and balance the budget," he said. "They just say we should trust them. Well I don't know about you, but I'm not about to put my trust in the same people who gave us George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or John Ashcroft."

The odd reference to Ashcroft is a vague reference that refers to an alleged kickback scheme involving Chris Christie, who at this point is leading in the GOP race.

"America doesn't need to be Bushwhacked again. New Jersey cannot afford to get Bushwhacked again!" Corzine boomed.

Corzine then touted his administration's accomplishments in cutting state spending and reforming government as he argued repeatedly that "Republicans talk, Democrats deliver."

"They say that government should be small -- small enough to slip under your bedroom door. Small enough to root for a new president to fail. Small enough to divide us by gender and ethnicity over a Supreme Court nominee. And self-righteous enough to dictate their own religious beliefs to the rest of us on stem cell research, family planning and even science," he continued.

Corzine said that he's been willing to make the tough decisions, and that he was confident voters will acknowledge that. And a popular president can't hurt, either.

"Now with a partner in the White House, there is no limit to what we can achieve," he said.