For those of us “in the trenches”, we look forward to the day, and welcome its closure for another year.
Guess we’ll all remember the power losses from the puny early snow fall which didn’t even get the dignity of a name like hurricanes do. However, it caused us much discomfort, and I’m so sorry to say even some deaths. In Teaneck we lost one elderly couple to a faulty kerosene lamp and subsequent fire. How sad and very preventable. We need a complete review by the BPU of the utilities’ responses in both this latest storm and the prior, “Irene”. I would also hope that localities will review their procedures in keeping in touch with the more vulnerable folks in each of their communities.
One of the fall outs of the storm (or perhaps a positive depending upon your viewpoint) we missed seeing many of those political TV ads, usually on the cable channels. Wonder if folks get rebates on that?
You’ve read lots here about the smear campaign run against Vin Gopal by Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angellini and Carolyn Casagrande. Very disappointing for me cause they both know better. Hard for a candidate to sometimes stand up to those professional consultants and staffers who try to talk one into these desperate moves, but when instincts tell you it’s wrong – it probably is. I sincerely hope voters will send a message by coming out strongly for Vin Gopal.
We’re obviously all keeping our eyes on the Jim Whalen race in District 2 along with my own Bergen colleague, Bob Gordon facing a tough race in District 38 along with Connie Wagner and Tim Eustace.
They are great colleagues and stand up on most of the issues in which we all believe. I think they’ll win and come back to the legislature to help us craft a progressive agenda for the new 2012-2013 session. If you are in either of these districts, please help and make calls this evening.
Yesterday was a very typical day on the campaign trail. We started at 8:30 a.m. visiting the EID celebration at the Teaneck Armory. Estimate more than 1000 attending the Muslim celebration of feast and family. Along with other elected officials, we were greeted warmly and graciously and invited to say a few words. Ended the evening at a dinner in honor of the Synagogue Young Israel of Ft. Lee and watched my colleague Assemblyman Gordon Johnson joining in the Jewish folk dancing. The dinner guest of Honor was Ft. Lee Councilman Armand Pohan, of Armenian descent, who talked about his own heritage. Does this give you any idea why it can actually be fun to be on the campaign trail? It was!
So it’s back to the work of the last few days for me. I look forward to next week’s column where we can share great news about Democratic victories, Chris Christie losses and work ahead to make sure we don’t turn the clocks back in Washington.
Vote – VOTE – VOTE for Democrats.