Tom Turcol

Tom Turcol, a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, writes about New Jersey politics.

Recent Articles

Garden State Partway

Don't look now, but a state that has swung decisively to the Democrats over the last decade seems to be souring on John Kerry and may be in play this year after all. Grim memories of September 11 haunt a state that lost hundreds of residents in the World Trade Center attacks, and this spector appear to be driving significant numbers of conservative Democrats and independents into George W. Bush's camp. Should Bush win New Jersey, he would become the first Republican to carry the state since his father easily outdistanced another Massachusetts Democrat, Michael Dukakis, in 1988. To the amazement of both parties, a variety of polls taken since the Republican convention show Bush gaining on Kerry in New Jersey, trailing by numbers within the margin of error. A Quinnipiac University poll, conducted September 16-19 and released last week, had Bush pulling even with his Democratic challenger at 48 percent in a sample of likely voters and people who said they had not yet decided on whom they...