Sen. Jon S. Corzine for governor?

Maybe not. Or maybe so. It depends on how much weight one gives to what the New Jersey Democrat says vs. what he adds.

Echoing a written statement he issued Wednesday, Corzine said yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "I respect" and "I accept" the decision by New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey (D) not to immediately resign in the wake of his announcement that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man.

However, Corzine added, if McGreevey were to step down by the Sept. 3 deadline for there to be a special election, he would be ready to run.

"If Governor McGreevey changed his mind and said, 'All right, I'm resigning immediately, there will be a special election,' would you run for governor?" host Tim Russert asked Corzine.

"I suggested directly to the governor I was prepared to do that," Corzine said.

Since announcing his intention to resign, McGreevey has said he will stay in office till Nov. 15, at which time power will transfer automatically to state Senate President Richard J. Codey (D).

"Did you urge him to resign immediately?" Russert asked Corzine.

"I think that it would have been inappropriate for me to tell him to resign," Corzine said. "I think he needs to examine what's in the best interests of the state. I think, secondarily, he should look at what is the issue for his family. And I think anyone can measure those things and balance them out and come out with different conclusions reasonably."

And then he added, "I might have taken a different decision if I were in that position."

Corzine was then asked, "If there was an opening 15 months from now in the governorship, would you run?"

"That's speculative," he said.

"I'm going to look at it," he added.

Cyberspace Race

John F. Kerry: president of cyberspace?

The Democratic presidential nominee has been running neck and neck with President Bush for months. But in cyberspace, where the candidates' Web sites compete for eyeballs, Kerry has seized a commanding lead.

His site has attracted more visitors in the United States than Bush's site for six of the past seven months -- and according to the most recent data, the Massachusetts senator has opened up a sizable advantage. Nielsen//NetRatings, an independent research firm, reported that nearly 3.7 million people visited in July. That's more than double the estimated 1.8 million who clicked on that month.

Much of Kerry's surge can probably be attributed to his deciding to announce his vice presidential pick online in early July and then, weeks later, taking center stage at the Democratic National Convention. But the data suggest that Kerry's site has enjoyed a lead -- albeit sometimes a thin one -- for most of this year.

In January, during the thick of the primaries, Kerry's site had about 726,000 visitors. Bush's drew about 420,000. Both candidates' audiences grew steadily through March, when Kerry wrapped up his party's nomination. More than 2 million people visited his site that month, while nearly as many -- about 1.9 million -- went to Bush's.

Both candidates' numbers dropped dramatically in April, each by more than 400,000. Kerry's audience began to grow again in May (1.8 million) before plummeting in June (1.2 million). Bush's was just the opposite: About 1.2 million went to his site in May. One month later, his audience had nearly doubled to 2.1 million. Then, in July, they traded places.

Their numbers can be attributed to any number of factors: events in the news, the extent to which the candidates promote their sites, their online and offline advertising. But whatever the cause, both continued to attract only a tiny proportion of all those online. Nielsen//NetRatings estimated that 147 million people went online last month.

Sen. Jon S. Corzine (D-N.J.) discusses Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation.