by Steve Chapman
The future of American politics is big -- big and fat. You can get a glimpse of it in the New Jersey governor's race, which pits the slim, distance-running, Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine against Republican Chris Christie, who is built for comfort, not for speed. Corzine ran a TV ad accusing the challenger of "throwing his weight around" to beat traffic tickets, accompanied by footage that did not attempt to conceal Christie's bulk. Yet as Chapman notes, it may have been a plus-sized mistake to alienate the hordes of voters who are carrying extra pounds.