Among human beings, the judge whose words seal the fate of a man furthest into eternity is not he who merely pronounces the verdict of the law, but he, whoever he may be, who, from a love of truth, and unprejudiced by any custom or enactment of men, utters a true opinion or sentence concerning him. He it is that sentences him.
The New Jersey Newark Star-Ledger, endorsing the independent candidate for Governor of New Jersey, sentenced the incumbent:
Corzine is the chaplain on a pirate ship, not really its captain.
Whether intentionally or not, the Star-Ledger probably just helped Corzine get re-elected; his hope all along is that Daggett would split the anti-Corzine vote. And the editorial makes it clear that, as disappointed as the paper is in Corzine, it’s not impressed with Christie.
Still, one can only hope that Corzine is sufficiently stung by the sentence handed down on him by the editorial to be somewhat less tolerant of New Jersey’s tradition of corruption in his second term than he has been so far in his first.