Author Archive: Steven Goldstein

We asked for it, we got it – revamped Democratic State Conference begins Thursday

Hi, everyone, from Steven.  For years, many of us have all but BEGGED the New Jersey Democratic State Committee to be more grassroots and pay more heed to progressive values.  In full disclosure, these days I’m one of the state party’s Deputy Vice Chairs, but I swear to you, no one there asked me to trumpet the annual state conference that begins this Thursday, May 14 at Harrah’s in AC and runs through Saturday morning.  

If you look at the schedule of events below, you’ll see the caucuses Chairman John Currie brought back are now going full-force, with each Caucus doing a whole lot of work year-round, and at this conference, to involve the grassroots.  And look at the progressive tone of this convention – two progressive events on Thursday night, with Howard Dean the convention’s big speaker.

Folks, our voices have been heard.  As someone on now on the inside at the state committee, I can tell you that everyone there, from Chairman Currie to Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco to the great staff including ED Chris James and Political Director Jennifer Holdsworth, and all the others, share our vision.

I hope you’ll join us this Thursday.  I’m including the schedule below (my goodness, it’s like a REAL convention, at last!)  To register, visit http://www.njdems.org/annual_d…

I also understand – hint, hint – the State Committee has decided to offer a one-day registration for those of you interested in participating only in Thursday’s events, which include the two progressive caucus events and Howard Dean – see below.  If that option interests you, email Jennifer Holdsworth at Jennifer@njdems.org

Thursday 5/14

6:30-8:30pm Welcome Reception – Brigantine Conference Room

FEATURING former Governor Howard Dean

8:00-9:30pm Progressive Caucus Issues Roundtable – Ballroom A

FEATURING former Governor Howard Dean

9:00-11:00pm Black Caucus Reception – The Pool at Harrah’s Resort

HONORING New Jersey’s Black Mayors and members of the Legislative Black Caucus

Friday 5/15

8:30-10:00am NJDSC Breakfast – Ballroom BC

HONORING the Democratic Women of the New Jersey Legislature

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg

10:15-11:30am Faith, Spirituality, Mindfulness and Politics – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING Former NJ Governor James McGreevey, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Former NJ Secretary of State Rev. Regena Thomas, Rev. Idida Rodriguez

MODERATED by Ivette Mendez

10:30-12:00am State Committee Meeting – Ballroom A

MEMBERS ONLY

10:30-11:45am Democratic Municipal Officials Meeting – Martorano’s

MODERATED by The Honorable Mildred Crump, Council President, City of Newark

FEATURING a special update on the Affordable Care Act and the Hillary for America Campaign

11:00-12:30pm Technology Training – Brigantine Conference Room

FEATURING an in depth VAN tutorial

11:00-12:30pm Social Media Training – Dos Caminos Restaurant

How to maximize your digital profile

11:00-12:30pm Fundraising and Compliance Training – Steakhouse

FEC, ELEC, and list management

11:00-12:15pm Jewish Caucus Breakout – Ballroom D

12:30-2:00pm NJDSC Lunch – Ballroom BC

HONORING the 21 Democratic County Chairs

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Hon. Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs

ANNOUNCING the highly coveted “County Chair of the Year” Award

2:15-3:30pm

– LGBT Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

– Progressive Caucus Breakout – Ballroom A

– Veterans Caucus Breakout – Ballroom BC

– Labor Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

3:30-4:45pm

– Women’s Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING A Panel on the Status of Women in NJ Politics

MODERATED by NJDSC Vice Chair Lizette Delgado Polanco

– Disability Caucus Breakout – Ballroom A

4:45-6:00pm

– Black Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

– Latino Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Raul Alvillar, DNC Political Director

– South Asian Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

– Youth Caucus Breakout/New Jersey Young Democrats Meeting- Ballroom A

6:45-7:00pm

Shabbat Blessing – Brigantine Conference Room

7:00-9:00pm

NJDSC Congressional Dinner – Ballroom ABC

HONORING New Jersey’s Legislative Leadership

FEATURING Members of the NJ Congressional Delegation

9:00-11:00pm

Latino Caucus Dessert and Dancing Reception – Brigantine Conference Room

HONORING Latino Members of the New Jersey Legislature

ANNOUNCING Recipients of the “Trailblazers Awards”

Saturday 5/16

9:00-10:30am Call to Action Breakfast – Brigantine Ballroom

 

We asked for it, we got it – revamped Democratic State Conference begins Thursday

Hi, everyone, from Steven.  For years, many of us have all but BEGGED the New Jersey Democratic State Committee to be more grassroots and pay more heed to progressive values.  In full disclosure, these days I’m one of the state party’s Deputy Vice Chairs, but I swear to you, no one there asked me to trumpet the annual state conference that begins this Thursday, May 14 at Harrah’s in AC and runs through Saturday morning.  

If you look at the schedule of events below, you’ll see the caucuses Chairman John Currie brought back are now going full-force, with each Caucus doing a whole lot of work year-round, and at this conference, to involve the grassroots.  And look at the progressive tone of this convention – two progressive events on Thursday night, with Howard Dean the convention’s big speaker.

Folks, our voices have been heard.  As someone on now on the inside at the state committee, I can tell you that everyone there, from Chairman Currie to Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco to the great staff including ED Chris James and Political Director Jennifer Holdsworth, and all the others, share our vision.

I hope you’ll join us this Thursday.  I’m including the schedule below (my goodness, it’s like a REAL convention, at last!)  To register, visit http://www.njdems.org/annual_d…

I also understand – hint, hint – the State Committee has decided to offer a one-day registration for those of you interested in participating only in Thursday’s events, which include the two progressive caucus events and Howard Dean – see below.  If that option interests you, email Jennifer Holdsworth at Jennifer@njdems.org

Thursday 5/14

6:30-8:30pm Welcome Reception – Brigantine Conference Room

FEATURING former Governor Howard Dean

8:00-9:30pm Progressive Caucus Issues Roundtable – Ballroom A

FEATURING former Governor Howard Dean

9:00-11:00pm Black Caucus Reception – The Pool at Harrah’s Resort

HONORING New Jersey’s Black Mayors and members of the Legislative Black Caucus

Friday 5/15

8:30-10:00am NJDSC Breakfast – Ballroom BC

HONORING the Democratic Women of the New Jersey Legislature

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg

10:15-11:30am Faith, Spirituality, Mindfulness and Politics – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING Former NJ Governor James McGreevey, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Former NJ Secretary of State Rev. Regena Thomas, Rev. Idida Rodriguez

MODERATED by Ivette Mendez

10:30-12:00am State Committee Meeting – Ballroom A

MEMBERS ONLY

10:30-11:45am Democratic Municipal Officials Meeting – Martorano’s

MODERATED by The Honorable Mildred Crump, Council President, City of Newark

FEATURING a special update on the Affordable Care Act and the Hillary for America Campaign

11:00-12:30pm Technology Training – Brigantine Conference Room

FEATURING an in depth VAN tutorial

11:00-12:30pm Social Media Training – Dos Caminos Restaurant

How to maximize your digital profile

11:00-12:30pm Fundraising and Compliance Training – Steakhouse

FEC, ELEC, and list management

11:00-12:15pm Jewish Caucus Breakout – Ballroom D

12:30-2:00pm NJDSC Lunch – Ballroom BC

HONORING the 21 Democratic County Chairs

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Hon. Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs

ANNOUNCING the highly coveted “County Chair of the Year” Award

2:15-3:30pm

– LGBT Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

– Progressive Caucus Breakout – Ballroom A

– Veterans Caucus Breakout – Ballroom BC

– Labor Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

3:30-4:45pm

– Women’s Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING A Panel on the Status of Women in NJ Politics

MODERATED by NJDSC Vice Chair Lizette Delgado Polanco

– Disability Caucus Breakout – Ballroom A

4:45-6:00pm

– Black Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

– Latino Caucus Breakout – Concert Venue Theater

FEATURING Keynote Speaker Raul Alvillar, DNC Political Director

– South Asian Caucus Breakout – Brigantine Conference Room

– Youth Caucus Breakout/New Jersey Young Democrats Meeting- Ballroom A

6:45-7:00pm

Shabbat Blessing – Brigantine Conference Room

7:00-9:00pm

NJDSC Congressional Dinner – Ballroom ABC

HONORING New Jersey’s Legislative Leadership

FEATURING Members of the NJ Congressional Delegation

9:00-11:00pm

Latino Caucus Dessert and Dancing Reception – Brigantine Conference Room

HONORING Latino Members of the New Jersey Legislature

ANNOUNCING Recipients of the “Trailblazers Awards”

Saturday 5/16

9:00-10:30am Call to Action Breakfast – Brigantine Ballroom

 

The state party’s grassroots commitment is REAL

First of the NJDSC’s new Deputy vide chairs to weigh in. The other 3 are welcome to do so, too. Promoted by Rosi.

Hi, everyone.  I’m honored to serve as one of the party’s new deputy vice chairs along with trailblazing Speaker Sheila Oliver, red-hot rising star Atlantic Freeholder Colin Bell, and the talented operative among operatives Vin Gopal.  They’re three of the truest progressives and best all-around people in politics with whom many of us have ever worked.  

Friends, over the years we have all lived through joy and the pain in dealing with the state party, the best of times and the worst of times, to an extent worthy of Dickens.  Oh, how I lived it all in our fight for marriage equality, particularly during the 2009 campaign for marriage equality when a number of  Democrats we’d long supported didn’t support us back.  You probably remember how pointed I was in response.  No sellout, not then, not now, not ever.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker: The real deal

promoted by Rosi

Hi, folks.  As most of you know, I supported Cory Booker in the primary and, of course, in the general.  Like for most others among us, choosing one candidate in the primary didn’t mean I didn’t love the others, too.  Sheila Oliver, Frank Pallone and Rush Holt are three of my favorite people in public life.  My God, was that a primary filled with legendary candidates and ultimately a Hobson’s Choice.

I happen to agree with Cory on about, oh, 96, 97, 98 percent of all issues, yet appreciate others here do not.   I  happen to believe that Cory’s been an extraordinary mayor of Newark, making dramatic strides in the city in which I work everyday and worked under Cory’s predecessor.  Yet I respect all who want more.  There’s certainly more to be done.

But here’s what I never understood:  The negative image of Cory as a removed Mr. Hollywood who has cared more about courting stars than about rolling up his sleeves to help his own city.

My endorsement of Cory – indeed, my impassioned support and love for the guy – has come from what I’ve seen of him up close over the years, in many behind-the-scenes meetings with in two jobs I’ve held, places where there was no media spotlight or celebrity to be found for miles.

Rothman and Pascrell are two good public servants — but now I endorse one.

promoted by Rosi

Hi, Blue Jersey.  Today I released a statement announcing my endorsement in the 9th Congressional District Democratic primary.  Please read the first few paragraphs closely:  This is my personal endorsement, not that of Garden State Equality, which is not endorsing in this primary.  I recognize many of us have varying opinions on this race.  I couldn’t be upset with you no matter whom you support in the primary — for me, no primary can change that — and I hope you can feel the same way in return.  I appreciate it so much.

—–

Steve Rothman for Congress

After much consideration, I am endorsing a candidate in the 9th Congressional District Democratic primary between Congress members Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell.

First, I must be clear:   The organization I lead, Garden State Equality, has not endorsed, and will not be endorsing, in this primary.   This is an endorsement by me alone.  Garden State Equality prefers to make no endorsements in primaries between multiple candidates who are pro-equality and electorally viable.  Our Executive Committee, which includes me, voted unanimously to affirm that policy in the Rothman-Pascrell race.

That is the right thing for Garden State Equality.   Though Steve Rothman has been a champion of marriage equality for several years, a few months ago Bill Pascrell also endorsed marriage equality.   Pushing an organizational endorsement in a primary between these two incumbents, each of whom has supporters in our organization, would have been an unnecessary slight to our members whose candidate were not being endorsed.  Our respect for one another is a reason why Garden State Equality has grown so large yet stayed so united.  

Our Executive Committee underscored that members of the organization are feel free to endorse in an individual capacity.  Several members have announced their respective endorsements.  Now I’d like to.

I endorse Steve Rothman because he has been a true leader on marriage equality.   I endorse Steve Rothman because I trust him with my civil rights life.

When considering two good and decent public servants who both favor marriage equality, I ask myself which candidate has been a leader for, and not just a supporter of, the cause.  I disagree that where candidates now share similar stances on a particular issue, it means their commitment is equal and that the issue should be taken off the table.   You shouldn’t buy that either.   This year, we saw in Trenton the importance of leadership.   If the Democratic leaders of our legislature were not the true leaders on marriage equality that they’ve been – but rather, were mere supporters who simply cast the correct votes – we would not have passed the marriage equality bill through both houses.  

For years Steve Rothman has nagged me with phone calls – regularly, personally, completely on his own – offering to help us win marriage equality in New Jersey.   Steve Rothman has gone miles beyond merely voting the correct way or signing letters of support when asked.

That’s what matters to me – far more than what candidates say or do during the campaign season.   Having worked up close and personally with a number of our elected officials, I have been fortunate to get to know them beyond campaign packaging.   What did they do for the cause in the years before the theatrics of the current campaign?

In this primary, Steve Rothman stands alone in the extraordinary degree to which he has advocated marriage equality behind the scenes.  In this primary, Steve Rothman is the only candidate who is a member of Garden State Equality’s Equality Hall of Fame.   The organization inducted him at its 2009 Legends Dinner, where he was the keynote speaker.

If you noticed Steve Rothman’s recent television commercial – likely the first commercial in American history by a sitting member of Congress to trumpet his or her support for marriage equality – you’ll understand, in the context of Steve’s passionate commitment over the years, that the commercial was no mere campaign tactic.  Our cause permeates Steve Rothman’s heart and soul.

To be sure, I don’t hold it against Bill Pascrell that he has said some harsh things about marriage equality.  He favors marriage equality now.  We must embrace every public official who comes our way, no matter the timing.  That’s part of building winning coalitions.  

But in making an endorsement, I care if there has been a real difference in advocacy separating two good public servants.  That Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell both support marriage equality now is great, but Steve Rothman has gone further for the cause, hands down.

And I care when my colleague in activism, Barbra Casbar Siperstein, reports that when she and other transgender leaders went to Capitol Hill to meet with members of our Congressional delegation, Steve Rothman was the one Congressman in this primary who met them personally.

In the Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 5th, I proudly support Congressman Steve Rothman.