NJDSC 2012 Year in Review

The state Dems put out a comprehensive, linked, year in review for political news both statewide and national, sent a few hours ago via email. It’s pretty good, so I thought I’d post it here. Thanks to the NJDSC communications team of Alicia D’Alessandro and Matt Bonasia for it.

Take a look at 2012, from January to December, from the state Dems’ viewpoint – all after the jump.  


  • Governor Christie tried to make the case for putting marriage equality on the ballot, claiming, “The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a  referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the  streets in the South.” With this statement, Christie illustrated that his understanding of civil rights history is about as good as his grasp on the reality of New Jersey’s economic situation.
  • Christie’s words were so offensive that Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero who was nearly beaten to death on the bridge in Selma, traveled to New Jersey to speak out against the governor.
  • When criticized by openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, the governor reverted to a favorite page in his political playbook: childish name-calling.  Christie called Gusciora “numbnuts.”




  • Christie gave a pandering, partisan speech at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  In a speech that sounds similiar to the comments made by Romney about 47% of Americans, Christie said, “We are turning into a paternalistic, entitlement society.  That will not only bankrupt us financially, it will  bankrupt us morally. Because when the American people believe this is no  longer a place where only their willingness to work hard, to act with  honor, integrity and ingenuity determines their success in life, then  we’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for a government  check.”


  • Senator Frank Lautenberg,  along with Congressman Steve Rothman, State Senators Loretta Weinberg  and Robert Gordon and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Connie  Wagner, spoke at the George Washington Bridge to call upon the Port  Authority to hold off on toll hikes while an independent audit is under  way.

  • The New Jersey Environmental Federation, which endorsed Christie in 2009, gave him a D on environmental issues, for his poor record on climate change andgreen energy, and his decision to remove New Jersey from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

  • Christie vetoed legislation that would set up New Jersey’s health insurance exchange in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.  Christie’s justification for the veto: “Because it is not known whether the Affordable Care Act will remain, in whole  or in part, it would be imprudent for New Jersey now to create an  exchange before these critical threshold issues are decided with  finality by the Court.”
  • Another day, another insult from the governor.  This time, Christie belittled David Rosen, the      nonpartisan budget officer  at the Office of Legislative Services, calling      Rosen the “Dr. Kevorkian of numbers.”  Why? Rosen’s office  found that New Jersey revenues      would be $1.3 billion short of what the governor’s office had predicted.
  • Democrats  in the state legislature defended      Rosen as a principled,  non-partisan professional who did nothing to      warrant the attack by  the governor.


  • Vice President Joe Biden articulated his vision for America’s middle class on the Obama-Biden campaign Tumblr: “To  me, being middle class is not a number, it’s a way of life, it’s a   value set.  It’s about a minimum standard of living.  It’s about being   able to own your own home and not just rent it.  It’s being able to live   in a safe neighborhood where your kids can walk the streets, where   there’s a playground that’s not polluted, where you can send your kid to   a decent school, knowing if they do well they’ve got a chance to go to   college- and if they have that chance, knowing you have a chance to  get  them there.  That’s what being a middle-class person is.  That’s  not  asking too much.  That’s who we are.”

  • New Jersey held primary elections to determine the party nominees for the November elections. Congressman Bill Pascrell defeated fellow incumbent Steve Rothman to run in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District, while Donald Payne, Jr. won his primary to seek the seat previously held by his father.



  • Three New Jersey teens  pushed to have a female debate moderator for one of the fall  presidential debates. The presidential debates have not had a female  moderator since 1992. Their push was successful, as CNN’s Candy Crowley moderated the town hall debate.






  • The New Jersey Attorney General’s office announced that it  would no longer pursue its appeal  of the U.S. District Court’s ruling  that found it unconstitutional to  apply the one-year eligibility  requirement in election years  immediately following redistricting.


  • New Jersey Democratic Chairman John Wisniewski released the following statement about  the AG’s decision: “It does not seem to be a coincidence that the   Attorney General’s office has finally dropped its meritless appeal   after Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera won her election so decisively. It   is shameful that the Attorney General’s office wasted time and  taxpayer  dollars in an attempt to invalidate the will of the voters.   From the beginning, this was a partisan effort  by Republicans to  litigate an election result that they didn’t like.  The constituents of  New Jersey’s 4th legislative district have now  spoken twice in two  years: they want Gabriela Mosquera to serve as their  representative in  the General Assembly.”

  • Legislation to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage was sent to Governor Christie, who hasn’t yet acted on the bill.  Senate President Steve Sweeney  said, “We are just giving the governor a chance to do the right thing  for  working people.  If the governor fails to sign this bill, then we  will put the decision  directly into the hands of the people.”
  • Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver,  along with Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski, Majority Conference Leader  Gordon M. Johnson, and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Vincent Prieto,  released a multimedia package highlighting the Assembly’s final approval  of the minimum wage legislation.

This year seemed to speed by, and next year we’ll be just as busy working hard to rebuild New Jersey and elect a Democratic Governor.  Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to working hard with you and for you in the coming year!

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