What’s Happening Today Tue. 11/05/2013

Finally it’s election day. Time to vote and get others to the pollls.

In the gubernatorial contest we have Senator Barbara Buono and labor leader Milly Silva vs. Republican incumbents Gov. Chris Christie and L.G. Kim Guadgno.

In the legislative races pundits say that Christie will probably not have much coattails effect, but it remains important to cut off as much of that fleece as possible in order to keep control of the legislature and to demonstrate that Christie is just about Christie, and that he does not and can not help his own Republican colleagues. His cult of personality should not be allowed to trump the deep concerns New Jerseyans have regarding so many of his policies, including property taxes, jobs, economy, marriage equality, minimum wage, environment, and affordable housing. And then there is his behavior: his nastiness to a teacher this weekend is just one example of his rudeness which people find so inappropriate for a governor.

Below are some of the more interesting legislative races to watch.

(* indicates the incumbent.)

STATE SENATE: Democrats hold a 24-16 lead in the Senate. Republicans have been trying hard to pick up seats, but they are not going to win the five needed to be in the majority. With strong Democratic turn-out we can retain 24 seats.

LD 1: Jeff Van Drew* (D) vs. Susan A. Schmidt (R)

LD 2: Jim Whelan* (D) vs. Frank X. Balles (R)

LD 3: Stephen M. Sweeney* (D) vs. Niki Trunk (R)

LD 14: Linda Greenstein* (D) vs. Peter Inverso (R)

LD 18: Peter Barnes (D) vs. David Stahl (R) (Barbara Buono’s seat)

LD 38: Bob Gordon* (D) vs Fernando Alonso (R)

STATE ASSEMBLY: Democrats hold a 48-32 lead in the Assembly. Taking over the Assembly is way too high a reach for Republicans, but they are still trying to make inroads. Democrats in fact are working hard to add to their numbers with Marie Corfield, Vincent Mazzeo and others.

LD 2: John F. Amodeo* (R) and Chris Brown* (R) vs. Vincent Mazzeo (D) and Nick Russo (D)

LD 11: Mary Pat Angelini* (R) and Caroline Casagrande* (R) vs. Edward Zipprich (D) and Kevin McMillan (D)

LD 16: Marie Corfield (D) and Ida Ochoteco (D) vs. Jack M. Ciattarelli* (R) and Donna M. Simon* (R)

LD 38: Tim Eustace* (D)  and Joe Lagana (D) vs. Joan Fragala (R) and Joseph J. Scarpa (R)

A lot of money and time has been spent both for and against Ballot Question # 2 which raises the minimum wage after seven years and is so important to low-income people. A resounding “YES” would be another show of how Christie is so in league with big businessmen and so out of touch with New Jerseyans.  

When it’s all done and over with: Barbara Buono will hold her after-election event at Novita Bistro & Lounge at 25 New Street, Metuchen, starting at 7:00pm. Christie will hold his event at the Asbury Park Convention Center, a once proud building but now crumbling – perhaps a symbol of where Christie is heading. Just a few blocks away Democrat Edward Zipprich, running for Assembly in LD 11, is holding his teams’ event at the Tides Hotel – a nicer facility with progressives you might like.

What’s Happening Today Tue. 11/05/2013

Finally it’s election day. Time to vote and get others to the pollls.

In the gubernatorial contest we have Senator Barbara Buono and labor leader Milly Silva vs. Republican incumbents Gov. Chris Christie and L.G. Kim Guadgno.

In the legislative races pundits say that Christie will probably not have much coattails effect, but it remains important to cut off as much of that fleece as possible in order to keep control of the legislature and to demonstrate that Christie is just about Christie, and that he does not and can not help his own Republican colleagues. His cult of personality should not be allowed to trump the deep concerns New Jerseyans have regarding so many of his policies, including property taxes, jobs, economy, marriage equality, minimum wage, environment, and affordable housing. And then there is his behavior: his nastiness to a teacher this weekend is just one example of his rudeness which people find so inappropriate for a governor.

Below are some of the more interesting legislative races to watch.

(* indicates the incumbent.)

STATE SENATE Democrats hold a 24-16 lead in the Senate. Republicans have been trying hard to pick up seats, but they are not going to win the five needed to be in the majority. With strong Democratic turn-out we can retain 24 seats.

LD 1: Jeff Van Drew* (D) vs. Susan A. Schmidt (R)

LD 2: Jim Whelan* (D) vs. Frank X. Balles (R)

LD 3: Stephen M. Sweeney* (D) vs. Niki Trunk (R)

LD 14:: Linda Greenstein* (D) vs. Peter Inverso (R)

LD 18: Peter Barnes (D) vs. David Stahl (R) (Barbara Buono’s seat)

LD 38: Bob Gordon* (D) vs Fernando Alonso (R)

ASSEMBLY Democrats hold a 48-32 lead in the state Assembly. Taking over the Assembly is way too high a reach for Republicans, but they are still trying to make inroads. Democrats in fact are working hard to add to their numbers with Marie Corfield, Vincent Mazzeo and others.

LD 2: John F. Amodeo* (R) and Chris Brown* (R) vs. Vincent Mazzeo (D) and Nick Russo (D)

LD 11: Mary Pat Angelini* (R) and Caroline Casagrande* (R) vs. Edward Zipprich (D) and Kevin McMillan (D)

LD 16: Marie Corfield (D) and Ida Ochoteco (D) vs. Jack M. Ciattarelli* (R) and Donna M. Simon* (R)

LD 38: Tim Eustace* (D)  and Joe Lagana (D) vs. Joan Fragala (R) and Joseph J. Scarpa (R)

A lot of money and time has been spent both for and against Ballot Question # 2 which raises the minimum wage after seven years and is so important to low-salaried people. A resounding “YES” would be another show of how Christie is so in league with big businessmen and so out of touch with New Jerseyans.  

As a voter in the 37th District I support the Democratic incumbents Loretta Weinberg for Senate and Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Robert Gordon for Assembly. For Freeholders: James Tedesco III, P. Christopher Tully, and Lorraine Waldes. For Sheriff: James Mordaga.  

When it’s all done and over with: Barbara Buono will hold her after-election event at Novita Bistro & Lounge at 25 New Street, Metuchen, starting at 7:00pm. Christie will hold his event at the Asbury Park Convention Center, a once proud building but now crumbling – perhaps a symbol of where Christie is heading. Just a few blocks away Democrat Edward Zipprich, running for Assembly in LD 11, is holding his teams’ event at the Tides Hotel – a nicer facility with progressives you might like.    

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