Author Archive: Martin

Help Shulman Win in Feingold’s Progressive Patriots Fund

Promoted from the diaries. – – Thurman

Perhaps you’re like me and am a part of progressive hero Russ Feingold’s Progressive Patriot mailing list. If so, you were happily pleased to see this Democratic challenger guy in NJ-05, someone named Shulman or something or other (seems he is getting some attention for his strong campaign?) up for a $5,000 Progressive Patriot cash donation — if he is voted the latest Progressive Patriot.

Fixing a Broken Process in the 1st District

In politics, votes and support should be treated as a privilege to have, not a right, no matter how partisan a district or part of the country might be. As a resident of the 1st district and a Camden County Democrat, I’m concerned that we are treading a fine line that borders on taking the voters we serve for granted and subverting a democratic process for nominating Rob Andrews’ replacement.  On Blue Jersey, there have been multiple discussions about how this process needs to be completed, including one from last week; but as someone who lives in the district, volunteers for the Camden County Democrats, and is the incoming Haddonfield Democratic Club Vice President, I feel particularly invested in this congressional race and the tarnished image that the decision-making process leaves behind on our party. From my vantage, there is only one way to fix this broken process, though even this course of action would be imperfect.

Leonard Lance on Social Issues: “Do As I Say, Not as I Do.”

When you think of a Republican “moderate,” what positions or what politicians come to mind? I for one think of the stellar former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chaffee, who is against the death penalty and courageously voted against the Iraq War. Almost invariably, though, the New Jersey media states that GOP State Senator and NJ-07 Congressional Candidate Leonard Lance is a “moderate,” yet the facts on the ground and his record indicate otherwise. Part of the reason for this, of course, is that the candidates who Lance faced in the Republican primary were somewhere to the right of Bush on several issues, and Lance is, by comparison, indeed a moderate compared to those right wing extremists.

Vineland-Bridgeton-Millville: New Jersey’s Forgotten Towns and Their Struggling Economies

Imagine, if you would, a part of New Jersey where farmland and marshes take precedent in the landscape over developed cities and towns, and instead of the urban issues that preoccupy cities like Camden, Newark and Trenton, different issues — development vs. an agricultural economy, migrant workers vs. working-class and working-poor New Jerseyans, and urban redevelopment zones and their lack of investment — are dominant. In getting to this triangle of cities in Cumberland County, one could be at a loss in whether they’re in New Jersey at all; after waking from sleep on a trip north, one out-of-state person I know who came to Cumberland County asked what state she was in, after seeing the vast tracts of open spaces, the dense pine forests, and the low-lying swamps and streams that are dotted with old farms. This narrative is about the economic problems besetting three urban areas of this region: the mini-metropolitan triangle area of VinelandBridgetonMillville and what can be done about it.

Cherry Hill’s Problems, New Jersey’s Problems

A case study for New Jersey municipalities – promoted by Hopeful

Even if you live in a different part of the state, what has been happening in Cherry Hill is probably connected in some respects to your own local government and municipalities. Indulge me, North and Central Jersey readers, and tell me if this isn’t also the current story of Toms River, Freehold, Hamilton, and several such townships, as well as a past story for Jersey City, Newark, and other urban areas. The problems that face Cherry Hill, and the role of the progressive movement in providing possible solutions, has relevance in such statewide cities and towns. Many Blue Jersey posters either live in or near Cherry Hill, too.

Call-to-Action: Animal Anti-Cruelty Law

Do you want to do something to help protect New Jersey animals from cruel treatment? Tired of seeing pets on chains in freezing weather, neglected animals on the streets, dogs raised for fighting, and other such moments of human depravity?

A Personal Endorsement for Rob Andrews

For the Democratic primary on Tuesday, I wholeheartedly endorse Rob Andrews for U.S. senate.  On a local level, Rob has been an active, responsive legislator for South Jersey – I know that he’ll do the same for North Jersey and Central Jersey. For example, Andrews actively campaigned and went door-to-door with new state senator Dana Redd in one of the most Democratic legislative districts in the state, and he has quietly been building support for local Democrats by helping get Fran Bodine to switch parties in Burlington and by getting the Gloucester Township mayor to do the same. Many people here in district 1 know Rob by first name because he is so active with senior citizen groups, military, unions, and local companies; while delivering Andrews signs to a flooring business yesterday, I was told by the owner that he considered Rob “a brother,” and I know that many of my fellow union members who have interacted with him feel the same way. Andrews has been known to help local residents who didn’t have health insurance get the surgery and work they need done, too. In my town, Haddonfield, Andrews has met with the city mayor and commissioners to discuss the community’s needs, helped with legislation to preserve Indian King Tavern, an historical landmark, and stood outside of a military recruiting station to bring attention to low wages paid to the military. He’ll bring this responsiveness to local issues with him to Washington, and it won’t just be for South Jersey.

Anyone want to liveblog the NJN debate?

Cynics say no one will watch a debate on PBS Friday night.  Prove them wrong — Hopeful

The final debate  between the three Democratic primary candidates is tonight, and it’s on t.v. from 8-9 p.m. on NJN.

I’ll liveblog some of it (and try not be a partisan hack) but would like some help doing so. Though you probably already know what channel NJN is, check your cable box for the exact channel (23 on Comcast in Camden County, for example). Let’s hope for some substantive exchanges and some non-rehearsed answers.

Those Camden County freeholders

On the all-Democratic freeholder board in Camden County, there has been virtually no oversight in decades, and some reform is needed to ensure county government functions independently. In heavily-Democratic Camden County, that reform will need to come from inside the party, and it looks like at least some alternative slate to the incumbents is being put together , as covered in this week?s Courier Post. The two slots open in the Democratic primary are being fought out between two-term incumbent and freeholder director Louis Cappelli, Jr., eight-term incumbent Riletta Cream, who are on the county slate, with two Audubon Democrats, Mark E. Owens and Mark A. Stettler, running against them.

Editorial Boards to Lautenberg: Come Out of Hiding

A few months ago, we here at Blue Jersey discussed the imperiled plight of the Red Knot bird, whose numbers are dwindling. The Red Knot is targeted for the endangered species list, and its sightings are getting rarer and rarer in the state.

Red Knot

Like the Red Knot, another native species, the frankus lautenbergus, has also become a rare commodity in the state, so much so that even editorial boards are calling for the organism to return to his state for some face time.

Kidding aside, multiple editorial boards have all but called Lautenberg a coward for not agreeing to multiple debates in multiple formats (the 3 a.m. equivalent on NJN notwithstanding) and for being generally absent from the campaign trail.