Can a third party candidate win the governor's race in New Jersey? Independent candidate Christopher Daggett has been asked that question during his campaign. His reply is that he is "in it to win it". He says that he is not a spoiler - that he is running a real campaign that can win.
He may actually believe that. But what does he think the people and organizations donating to his campaign are trying to do? Are they also "in it to win it"? It seems incredible that a candidate with no established organization behind him could get enough monetary contributions to qualify for matching funds if all of that money came with the purest of intentions.
Make no mistake - a vote for Daggett is NOT a vote against Jon Corzine. It is a vote against Chris Christie. Corzine supporters know that, and there is no doubt they don't mind Mr. Daggett climbing in the polls. I kind of think that is their plan.