Author Archive: Jeremy F

Chris Christie: Right for Mitt Romney, Wrong for Young Americans

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Watching the keynote last night, I was struck by how perfect Governor Christie and Mitt Romney are together – and how dangerous their policies are for young Americans.  One moment stood out:

For make no mistake, the problems are too big to let the American people lose – the slowest economic recovery in decades, a spiraling out of control deficit, an education system that’s failing to compete in the world.

As a 23-year-old law student, I am thrilled any time a candidate talks about youth, or recognizes the importance of young people in this country – regardless of party or ideology. But such rhetoric can be dangerous when those words mask policies that eviscerate educational access and limit opportunities available to my generation.

That’s what we saw last night.

Keeping Up the Fight in NJ-5 (and Why Scott Garrett is Bad for Young People)

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Between marriage equality, debates over education policy, and a Democratic primary in NJ-9 that is heating up, it’s a busy time at Blue Jersey. But even as we learn that Assemblywoman Wagner will not be running, we must continue organizing and mobilizing in NJ-5. We cannot let the district fall off our radar. As a 22-year-old soon-to-be constituent of Scott Garrett, I know this race is far too important — because Scott Garrett is bad for young people (and for everyone else, too).

On the issues important to young people, Rep. Scott Garrett has consistently stood against progress. SAFRA, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, is a particularly good example. Benefits of SAFRA included expanding the Perkins Loan Program, enabling more families to qualify for Pell Grants, and taking the private, for-profit middlemen out of the loan business. Students and taxpayers won, but Garrett voted no. No to saving taxpayers money – and no to helping young people go to college.