I’ll Never Be Able to Thank You All Enough

Well, it has been 10 days since I came up short in my pursuit of the Bergen County endorsement for 38th District Assembly. And while on the one hand, I feel like I’ve been thanking people non-stop ever since; on the other hand, I feel like I have barely begun to thank all the people who made my experience as a candidate so positive.

So, since I started my campaign with an announcement on Blue Jersey, I thought I’d say one big final thank you here to finish the campaign.

Thank you Blue Jersey!

Together with DFA, Garden State Equality, Paterson Grassroots for Change, BlueAmericaPAC, NJ Stonewall Dems, and of course the amazing Democrats for Hawthorne, your support throughout (and not just the incredibly successful Money Bomb) helped make the campaign the success that it was. And special thanks to the party leaders and elected officials who loudly supported me for the 38th District seat, and to those who quietly supported me in the 35th (bless you, you know who you are).

I am very proud of what we accomplished – our efforts were a victory for progressives in New Jersey and around the nation. We sent a clear message to incumbents everywhere that they will be held accountable for their votes and their conduct in office, and that progressives are up to that challenge. In that regard, the campaign was indeed a huge success, and I am forever grateful.

As a token of my appreciation, I want to invite you to a Thank You party next Tuesday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Hawthorne. Whether you donated money, time,  energy, or all of the above – please join us at 7:30p at the Llewellyn Ave. Firehouse, 10 Llewellyn Ave., Hawthorne, NJ. You’ll meet our campaign staff, our incredible Hawthorne Democrats, and members of our 38th District Legislative team for a fun evening of food, friends and celebration. Feel free to let us know you’re coming in the comments.

Now, it’s time to turn our attention to upcoming races around the state – School Board Elections next week, Primary Elections in many Districts, and ultimately the big prize in November, when we see just how “Democratic” this new map really turns out to be. And, importantly, how “Democratic” our elected democrats turn out to be (ahem, I think you know who you are too).

So, thank you again for the donations, the hours spent volunteering, and the words of advice – they did not go unnoticed. As they say, the cause endures. I plan to continue fighting for a stronger Democratic Party and a better New Jersey, and I’m counting on you to join me.

Comments (9)

  1. Alex

    My partner will be the first to say I’m pretty tight with my money, especially after being so often disappointed by other politicians (who shall remain nameless). But you somehow had me gladly part with some cash, happy to support somebody who actually represents the sort of progressive values so many of us live and breathe. So don’t go anywhere, please. A lot of us are counting on you sticking around to go on fighting for a better New Jersey.

  2. Rosi Efthim

    On behalf of your blogbrothers and blogsisters, let me tell you two things:

    1. Your race was pure fun for us. A charge to watch your surge, how you kept your cool (mostly) and the total class you showed at the end.

    2. Proud you have Blue Jersey stamped on one arm (and on behalf of my DFA family) that you have Democracy for America stamped on the other arm.

    All of that, plus pure Hawthorne. And, not for nothing, the fight for equality – for everyone – coursing through your veins.  

  3. Couch Potato Politics

    And… I would hope that you’re considering other offices and opportunities.

    We need strong liberals running in every state, for every office and with a fire in their bellies!

  4. Nick Lento

    Thank YOU Jeff……..I enjoyed the hours put in with your team that last weekend!   It was my pleasure to work with the wonderfully smart positive folks that gathered round your candidacy.

    This is Chairman Lou Stellato introducing and praising Jeff and Jeff’s super-classy classy concession speech…

    Smart well qualified progressives like Jeff Gardner are the future of not just the Democratic party, they are the future of America!!!


  5. Senator Loretta Weinberg

    just by being who you are and making us all proud.  You showed so many folks what a true progressive believes, how to do real grass roots politics and how to display graciousness while never backing away from our shared values.  The future does belong to you! Wish I could be at the thank you, but I will just be returning from Passover in Calif.  Have fun!

  6. carolh

    to me Jeff.  I am so proud to even know you.  Although work prevented me from being there at the very end – I hope to see you next week!


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