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From NBC's Mark Murray
This news might not help New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's (D) re-election prospects this year. According to a review by the Newark Star-Ledger, Corzine "spent all or part of 105 days outside of New Jersey in 2008... That is more absences than in either of his first two years as governor, and appears to be the most since Republican Christie Whitman was governor in the 1990s."

More: "When Corzine leaves the state, he must formally transfer power to Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), who serves as acting governor. Copies of those transfer letters enabled The Star-Ledger to count Corzine's absences. The counts do not include some of Corzine's visits to Manhattan, where his girlfriend Sharon Elghanayan lives. Early in his term, the attorney general's office said such visits would not trigger gubernatorial succession."

And: "Among Corzine's out-of-state trips in 2008 were the Democratic National Convention in Denver, campaign stops for Clinton in Nevada and Obama in Florida, a trade mission to Israel followed by a few days of vacation there, and visits to his family in California and Illinois. The governor was out of state for all or part of 17 days in each of the months of July, August and December, the records show. But in September and October, when panic over the economy began to peak, Corzine spent all but five days in New Jersey."