Dear Mayor Booker:
I know you are considering making the run for Governor of New Jersey. It is an important decision for you, for our State and for the Democratic party. So here’s my take. We need you. The state needs you and our party needs you.
No doubt New Jersey is in for some rough times. Sandy of course, and the devastation she left in her wake. But Sandy, notwithstanding, we already had plenty of problems facing the next Governor.
The Transportation Trust Fund needs refunding; required and very expensive pension payments are coming due for the state; unemployment (before Sandy) is higher than the national average; property taxes under Governor Christie have soared because of municipal aid cutbacks; implementation of the Affordable Care Act; funding women’s health needs; expanding medicaid; and nurturing higher education reformation are just a few of those problems crying out for thoughtful solutions articulated by a thoughtful leader.
So here are some of the reasons I think we need you as our candidate for Governor next November
Reason #1: You are a man of serious thought and vision. The next Governor of New Jersey will be in a unique and powerful position to carefully think about these problems and to propose and articulate solutions which will be needed in order to see us through very painful budget decisions.
Reason #2:The office of Governor of New Jersey is enormously powerful and the person who sits in that seat will actually be able to implement ways of solving these problems. How will we create jobs and raise the minimum wage in NJ? What will our tax policies be and how will needed sacrifices be made fairly? You can be the clear voice for those solutions.
Reason #3: With the right person, Governor Christie can be retired before a second term. You have the intellectual ability, the name recognition, and the fundraising ability to hasten that retirement.
Reason #4:You are the one potential Democratic candidate who can unify our party quickly. That is important so we can win the office of Governor and preserve Democratic majorities in both houses of our legislature. And that is important because it is how we will determine solutions and priorities.
Reason #5: Some folks are encouraging you to wait for the next U.S. Senate opening from New Jersey. How can you begin to compare what you can accomplish in the constitutionally very powerful office of Governor of New Jersey vs. being a freshman United States Senator? The position of Governor is beckoning in the upcoming election. The U.S. Senate nomination is two years away and another lifetime in politics.
I know that some followers of Blue Jersey will disagree with me. I know there are those who do not agree with your advocacy of charter schools or with some of your leadership decisions in Newark. But I believe you have “what it takes” to move us forward. I’m being both practical and idealistic in encouraging you to make the right decision for yourself, for New Jersey’s residents, and for our party.
Senator District 37
Senate Majority Leader