Transcript: Corzine's Victory Speech

JON CORZINE, DEMOCRATIC SENATOR-ELECT: Good evening, New Jersey.

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Good evening, everyone. I love you. I love you. You guys are terrific.

I can only say that it is absolutely one of the greatest thrills of my life to be here, to be the next United States senator from the state of New Jersey.

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From the bottom of my heart, I love you and I look forward to being your senator every day for the next six years.

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For everyone in the room tonight, I want to say I thank you for joining me in this special moment, joining my family and me and all of my friends here who have made this possible. I want to make this special moment possible for everyone in the state of New Jersey.

I appreciate your warmth and your support. I also want you to know I will dedicate my service in the United States Senate to making sure everybody has the same opportunity at the American promise that I’ve had.

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About a half an hour ago, Congressman Franks gave me a call, and he was very generous and gracious in his remarks. And I want to return the favor of saying how important I think this election has been, but I want to congratulate him on a very, very competitive race, and actually his graciousness in how we have handled this whole process.

I want to say, everyone give him a hand. I respect his service to the state of New Jersey and our nation.

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He was a worthy competitor. And I know, if we can work together, join hands together in our spiritual life, I know we can in our secular life, Bob Franks is a good man.

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Now let me say that I am honored by the small “d” democratic process that made its judgment and made its choice today. I respect the people of New Jersey for the choice they made and I hope very much to be a great senator, in the footsteps of Frank Lautenberg and Bob Torricelli.

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And as Joanie (ph) said, as my wife said, I trust the judgment of the people of New Jersey. I could not be more humbled by that confidence that they have expressed, and I look forward, as I said, working the next six years to do those things that we’ve talked about over and over in this election. Making sure that we invest in a health care system for everyone in America.

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Making sure we deliver a prescription drug benefit for all of our seniors.

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That we invest in our educational system, from early childhood education to our higher education, where everyone has hope to go to college.

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I want to make sure we have universal registration and licensing of guns.

And, most importantly, I want to make sure everyone has access — open access to the American dream. That means we have to have — embrace a positive view of affirmative action, equal pay for equal work for women, and an outlawing of racial profiling.

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Now political campaigns are tough. Sometimes, I think maybe they’re too tough. They thicken a candidate’s skin, that’s for sure. And they challenge the spirit. But if a candidate remembers he or she isn’t alone, if a candidate remembers that there’s a larger purpose, if a candidate stays in touch with his or her roots, then a campaign can be a joyful journey. And this has been a joyful journey for me, for my family. And let me assure you, I know my roots. They’re standing right here. They are my family.

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