The title of this piece is contradictory. After all, it in and of itself, is a generalization.
But I’ll still go out on a limb and make a generalization – In any of New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts it is better to elect a Democrat than to elect a Republican in the upcoming election.
Sure, many Democrats have been disappointing. And the Nordubato wing of the Democratic party in New Jersey is the epitome of machine politics over progressive Democratic traditions epitomized by candidates like Marie Corfield and Vin Gopal.
The facts of life are that a Progressive third party, while nice in theory, would never gain traction as a viable alternative to the DINOs, especially in New Jersey. The only way to promote a progressive agenda is to elect Democrats and work to lessen the influence of the machine and move the party back to its roots.
The alternative is terrifying. Imagine an Assembly Budget Committee chaired by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, who would give tax breaks to corporations while gutting social programs. Imagine how far a Marriage Equality vote would go in a Senate headed by President Tom Kean, Jr.
A Republican majority in either chamber of the legislature would be a the greatest gift that Chris Christie could receive.
Sitting out the election is not an option. A vote for a third-party candidate or a decision not to vote is no different than a vote for a Republican and an affirmation of Chris Christie’s draconian agenda.
In a representative form of government, we elect our legislators based on their philosophy and their neshuma. It is impractical to expect that the people we support vote the way we would 100% of the time. That’s why I will proactively support my Democratic Assemblyman, who voted against collective bargaining, while privately letting him know why I think that one vote was harmful and foolish. If he’s replaced by a Republican in the upcoming election, that would be a net loss for me, my district, and the people of New Jersey.
So dear Blue Jersey readers, if you disagree with my generalization, I invite you to cite an example where the election of a specific Republican over a Democrat would promote our ideals. And that will prove and disprove my generalization.