This is not due to the fuel prices, or the Japanese earthwake, or the excess of rain. This is due to a much deeper and pernicious set of factors: stagnant wages, difficulty in borrowing, and overall pessimism about the current situation.
There is a crisis of confidence in the government and what is worse; people see no alternatives and are sort of resigned to the prospect of a frightful future. The two-party monopoly on power is bankrupt. We need more options than bad and worse.
We can start a renaissance, right here in New Jersey, but only if voters abandon the old adage that voting for a third party or an independent candidate is a waste of time.
That is what the two dominant parties want you to believe.