Blue Jersey is six years old today.
On September 28, 2005, the very first diary appeared on a new website called Blue Jersey. It was an introduction to the site by soapblox (User #1), the creator of a new on line platform designed to encourage and make it easy as possible for progressive state blogging.
But Blue Jersey wasn’t really real until later that same night (early Sept. 29, actually) with this post about Rush Holt & Frank Pallone joining a protest of Condoleeza Rice at Princeton, by Juan Melli, User #2.
Juan is the founder of Blue Jersey. Its blogfather. At that time, a Princeton mechanical engineering PhD candidate as interested in politics as he was in the locomotion of arrticulated bodies in a perfect fluid (don’t ask). Juan went on to be named Politician of the Year by politickernj’s predecessor, which then hired him. He’s now spokesman for Hoboken.
All of us at Blue Jersey owe a lot to Juan, and to all the writers who combined forces over the last six years to get this place up and running, and keep it vital. Thank you, to all Blue Jersey’s writers, and you bloggers emeritus. The smartest and best group of people I know. And thank you to everybody in the Blue Jersey community – you readers, commenters, and even you lurkers.
We’ve been watching one Christopher J. Christie for years now. And the Republicans, and their Tea Party brethren. And we see you Democrats, too. You know we do.
If you’re new around here, here’s how this place works – Welcome, New Blue Jerseyans. Stick around.
Blue Jersey User #5, Rosi Efthim
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