Highland Park's mayor, Meryl Frank, explains why it is so hard for a candidate to get through to voters in the Garden State:
"You're in New Jersey now. Nobody believes in anything; they see politicians indicted every other week. We're asking people to believe in you. You need to inspire us. You need to tell us who you are, what's your story, what do you care about."That pretty much sums up the impact of NJ politics on our perception of national candidates. It is a pretty high bar for them to get over.