http://www.nj.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/sports-0/1138600265109690.xml&coll=1 Jersey guy Weis a banquet star Monday, January 30, 2006 BY ED BARMAKIAN For the Star-Ledger Charlie Weis was not running for office yesterday at the New Jersey Sports Writers Association banquet, but there was no doubt whom the crowd considered its favorite. The Notre Dame football coach, flanked by former Gov. Richard Codey and current Gov. Jon Corzine on the dais, received a standing ovation when he received the association's Man of the Year award at the Pines Manor in Edison. "I'm always from New Jersey," Weis said. "Whenever people in the Midwest have something to say, I'm quick to tell them 'If you're not from New Jersey, you just don't understand.'" Those in attendance clearly understood what Weis, the Middlesex High graduate who was born in Trenton, accomplished in his first year at Notre Dame. The Irish finished 9-3 after going 6-6 the previous year, played in the Fiesta Bowl and wound up No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, the program's first top 10 finish since 1993. "I'm actually disappointed with how we did," said Weis, who helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls as offensive coordinator. "To be honest, I think we blew two regular-season games and lost a bowl game. How fired up can I be about that? Now we've raised the bar to 9-3 from 6-6 and our whole off-season is going to be about raising the bar again." .