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Opponent's ad quotes Corzine's ex-wife

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester aired a television commercial that features a disparaging quotation about his opponent, Senator Jon S. Corzine, from Corzine's former wife.

Corzine supporters have questioned whether the ad, which aired Thursday, five days before the election, broke a pledge by Forrester to avoid commenting on private matters. The 15-second spot displays a comment that Joanne Corzine made to The New York Times for a story in Wednesday's editions in which she talked about her reaction to seeing Forrester's wife in an ad.

''All I could think was that Jon did let his family down, and he'll probably let New Jersey down, too," she told the Times.

Joanne Corzine has said her former husband's political ambitions destroyed their 33-year marriage. They couple separated in 2002 and divorced in 2003. Her husband was elected to the Senate in 2000.

Corzine avoided directly criticizing his former wife or Forrester when asked about the ad.

He said the breakup of a marriage is painful, and ''I believe that you can imagine that that pain sometimes colors how people might speak to issues." Acting Governor Richard J. Codey called Forrester a liar and hypocrite.

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