#DemConvention NJ Daily Wake-UP

Yeah, I know it’s past 10 and late for wake-up. But everybody here at the NJ Delegation Hotel was up very, very late, and into a breakfast meeting first thing. That’s the way things go down here; it’s nuts, conversations and half-conversations interrupted by meetings. All the time.

So, up front: I’m a Bernie Sanders delegate, elected to be here by Bernie Sanders voters. So, thank you to all the people who voted to send me here. I also have a press pass here. Here’s a few takes pre-convention:

I’ll be reporting in real time with live video:
* on Periscope (app, free download on your phone) &
* Facebook Live (under Rosalie Efthim)
And on Twitter: @BlueJersey Hashtag: #NJDemsInPhilly
Blue Jersey also has a press credential, which I’ll be sharing with Matt Hersh and Joey Novick.


There are always goodie bags. Check-in time Sunday night came with a huge volume of Democratic schwag but also some candidate-specific stuff. Steve Sweeney, who has not formally announced for governor (but you knew he was running) had t-shirts, notepads, hats. Ad he was the host of the NJ delegation’s official welcome, on Battleship New Jersey, outfitted for the occasion with a vast blue and white Sweeney banner. South Jersey was in force on the ship, with George Norcross working the crowd like a champ. Really nice event, and I thank him for the hospitality – my first time on the Battleship (very cool, you should go). Also running, btw, is Tom Byrne, who held a small dinner party Saturday night at a rooftop restaurant in Philly. He was introduced by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who announced he was running, though Byrne said it was officially “exploratory.”


The NJ delegation is majority Clinton, as the state voted in the primary. And it’s no surprise that when the conversation in the bar, in the lobby, at breakfast turns to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, and the Wikileaks revelations, there’s a lot of cautious language from my friends who backed Hillary, and my friends who are part of the Democratic infrastructure (so am I as a County Committee member, but low on their totem pole). More on that later.


Bernie will be meeting with his delegates – there are about 1,900 of us, this afternoon at the Philadelphia Convention Center. I’ll be reporting from there live on Periscope (follow Blue Jersey). Convention gavel time is 4pm.


Word is she was booed when she spoke this morning to the Florida delegation, her own delegation – she’s a congresswoman from South Florida. Tim Canova, a Democrat, is challenging her for that House seat. Go Tim Canova.


I tweeted yesterday that I was surprised our hotel was not union. Rev. Leah Daughtry, who is the CEO of the #DemConvention replied – and I thank her for that. Rev. Daughtry: “There aren’t enough union hotels in the City of Philadelphia to accommodate all 6000 of our delegates and alternates. So, by agreement with UNITE-HERE — and with our state chairs, none of the state delegations are in Union properties. We have, however, fully booked every union hotel room in the city and they are being occupied by party officials, union leadership, and other friends and allies.”


This is a name you should know, because she’s extraordinary. First person ever to run a Democratic Convention for a second time. You should read this, because with all the bad stuff going down about the conduct of the Democratic Party at high levels, Rev. Daughtry’s words feeling the spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer as she walks alone in the empty convention hall … remember, that moment in civil rights history happened in New Jersey.

GEESE BY THE DOZENS Our hotel is built on wetlands. There are geese everywhere; pretty sure we’ll eventually see them in the lobby.

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  1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has just been named a Sergeant at Arms for this convention; a ceremonial position, I believe.


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