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2009/2010: Not easing being a gov

The Hill looks at the perils of running as an incumbent governor in 2010.

NEW JERSEY: A spokesman for New Jersey's U.S. Attorney office said that accusations that Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie intervened in a federal fraud suit,  leading to a plea agreement that "prevented a developer from collecting whistleblower payments," were "unsubstantiated and politically charged." Developer Samuel Yarosh, who says he "tipped off federal agents" to his former business partner and Assembleyman Morton Salkind's tax evasion, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Salkind's lawyers, both political allies of Christie, got a "sweetheart deal" from federal prosecutors: Salkind plead guilty to only one count of tax evasion, and Yarosh didn't receive any percentage of Salkind's recovered money, a common reward for whistleblowers. 

On Thursday, Democratic Governor Jon Corzine's camp released an ad criticizing Christie's "handling" of the case. 

NORTH DAKOTA: Rut-ro for Dems. Could this be true? Republican Gov. Hoeven is being heavily recruited by the NRSC AGAIN to challenge Byron Dorgan. Normally, the GOP can't produce a poll that gets a popular Republican at any better than even, but now they have a poll showing Hoeven up double-digits.

VIRGINIA: As part of "efforts by the national parties to target politicians they believe to be vulnerable at home," Virginia Representative Gerald Connolly and Virginia Democratic Party chairman Richard Cranwell are "slamming Rep. Eric Cantor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell for not supporting President Obama's recovery bill." At a press conference yesterday, Connolly noted "irony" in that Cantor "successfully roped every Republican member of the House to oppose [the Economic Recovery Act]…while at home he's writing letters urging that a major chunk of that money be invested in his district." An RNC spokeswoman responded, saying that the bill "wastes Virginians tax dollars," noting that the rising unemployment rate since President Obama's inauguration makes it "hard to see how this massive spending experiment can be billed as a success." 
 
The Washington Post asks both Virginia candidates what kind of beer they would request if invited to the White House for one. Said Deeds' spokesman: "Creigh would drink what he always drinks, Budweiser. He's a consistent guy." McDonnell, however, would choose a Coors Light. "Both campaigns declined to provide any memorable stories involving their candidates' consumption of their beer of choice. 'Any good stories are locked away until after Election Day," McDonnell's rep said.