If you’re running for office, it doesn’t hurt to have a good political lineage. Watching how the system works close up and having easy access to mentors can only be a plus. And Mark Alexander, who is competing with Senator Nia Gill for her seat in the 34th Legislative District, has a great pedigree. His father was a senior advisor and policymaker for President Lyndon Johnson, and Alexander has worked for several influential Democrats such as Senators Bill Bradley and Howard Metzenbaum, Mayor Cory Booker, and most notably President Barack Obama.
Currently on sabbatical from his position as a law professor at Seton Hall, Alexander is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University.
This afternoon, I spoke with him at his Princeton office which is festooned with Obama memorabilia. Alexander and I talked about the campaign, some of the issues of the day, and his work for President Obama.
(We also invite Senator Gill to participate in a similar interview if she wishes)