Here in Crappy New Jersey™, we've a long history in electing Regrets-in-Waiting. As soon as we make someone governor, we either hate him (Jim Florio), endure him (Christine Todd Whitman, admittedly not a 'him'), or lose him (James McGreevey).
It's not much better on the national level. Bob Toricelli should probably be in jail, along with the eleven Monmouth county officials recently swept up by the feds. Those who hold office do a poor job of bringing our federal tax dollars back to the state. (Here are the numbers for FY '03. We're last.)
Now comes word that the intrepid folk elected to represent the interests of New Jerseyans have failed to save Fort Monmouth. Needing to convince five of nine panelists of the base's necessity, we swayed....two.
Way to come up big! And will Rush Holt be reelected despite losing the base (and the 2000 jobs) in his federal district? Hells yeah. Better the regret we know. The new guy might (horrors) try to accomplish something in office.