The writer makes the case for a vigorous 2013 primary – promoted by Rosi
I recently attended a public sector union rally where Senator Lautenberg was the headline speaker.
It was a pretty good anti-Christie program, as I expected it to be given the malevolent relationship between Lautenberg & Christie. The Rally was focused on the recently released NJPP report that details the dreadful effects of Christie’s public sector labor cuts have had on NJ’s economy and unemployment rate.
Many of the speakers were public sector union representatives. The ones represented I can remember off hand were, AFL-CIO, NJEA, AFT, SEIU, & IAFF. Members of the legislature that attended and spoke were Greenstein, Watson-Coleman, and Benson. The message was clear. Christie’s anti-union ideology has been bad for NJ, bad for our middle class, bad for our economy and thanks to the NJPP report, scientifically proven to be bad policy.
I found Bonnie Watson-Coleman to be particularly engaging. She led with the chant, “fired up, ready to go!”, referring to 2013 . During her speech she reinforced the fact that on November 7th, 2012 it shall be time to begin the process to get rid of Christie.
There was energy in the room. It is apparent to me that the energy cannot (and will not) be spent on a half-assed democratic,machine driven, Christiecrat candidates like Sweeney, Greenwald, or Booker.
A Booker candidacy has been debated on Blue Jersey ad nauseum, leading to the conclusion that a Christiecrat candidacy is just what Christie would like…a divided democratic party that lacks the enthusiasm to propel the base and the machines to a coherent strategy to victory.
My feeling is that the only solution is to have the most fervent of primaries. Let the progressives, labor unions, and independent democrats battle the machine sponsored candidate. Should a machine candidate like Sweeney prevail, I could better tolerate supporting him knowing he had to fight to get there as opposed to being anointed.
The was a lot of press at the rally. I didn’t see any articles written about it which struck me as odd because my guess is that it was dismissed as just an “union, anti-Christie” rally. I interpreted as a kick-off to the 2013 governor’s race with unified public sector unions looking for a candidate. I know who that candidate won’t be…but wondering who it will be?