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4th Weekly Poll: US Senate Primary Edition

OK, last week’s poll kinda got lost in the mix of the Supreme Court DOMA and Prop 8 issues, but you’ve got another chance to vote today and bring these numbers back up!

In a stunning upset, Sheila Oliver beat Cory Booker last week (which really points to the non-scientific nature of this effort), two votes to one.  From a percentage perspective Rush Holt and Frank Pallone stayed pretty much the same.  

So, get to voting and put any changes or comments in the field below!

Week 1 (June 12) results:

   Rush Holt, 29 votes, 71%

   Frank Pallone, 7 votes, 17%

   Cory Booker, 4 votes, 10%

   Sheila Oliver, 1 vote, 2%

Week 2 (June 19) results:

   Rush Holt, 23 votes, 70%

   Frank Pallone, 5 votes, 15%

   Cory Booker, 5 votes, 15%

   Sheila Oliver, 0 vote, 0%

Week 3 (June 26) results

   Rush Holt, 12 votes, 67%

   Frank Pallone, 3 votes, 17%

   Sheila Oliver, 2 votes, 10%

   Cory Booker, 1 votes, 6%

Hit ‘Discuss’ below to access the poll & vote.  

3rd Weekly Poll: US Senate Primary Edition

So it looks like Blue Jersey is not really changing its mind on our primary candidates.  Our unofficial, unscientific poll has Rush Holt way out in the lead, with Frank Pallone (down 2 votes) and Cory Booker (up one vote) trailing.  Sheila Oliver has little, actually no support in last week’s poll.

In an hour or so the SCOTUS decisions on marriage equality – DOMA and Prop 8 – so get your votes in early before it gets swamped!  We’re adding “other” this week, and as always put your defense in the comments section.

This week we’ll put the names in the poll in reverse order of support.

Week 1 (June 12) results:

  1. Rush Holt, 29 votes, 71%
  2. Frank Pallone, 7 votes, 17%
  3. Cory Booker, 4 votes, 10%
  4. Sheila Oliver, 1 vote, 2%

Week 2 (June 19) results:

  1. Rush Holt, 23 votes, 70%
  2. Frank Pallone, 5 votes, 15%
  3. Cory Booker, 5 votes, 15%
  4. Sheila Oliver, 0 vote, 0%

2nd NJ Weekly Poll: US Senate

Last week we had our first unscientific poll of the Democrats running for the US Senate nomination in August, and we’ll be doing the same every Wednesday (yes, I know it’s Thursday.  Sorry about that) until the official election to see how Blue Jersey’s readers and writers change their feelings as the race goes on.

Week 1 results:

  1. Rush Holt, 29 votes, 71%
  2. Frank Pallone, 7 votes, 17%
  3. Cory Booker, 4 votes, 10%
  4. Sheila Oliver, 1 vote, 2%

Sheila Oliver’s votes may have been undercounted due to a glitch.  If you’re a supporter, be sure to vote for her this week!

Last week we did the order alphabetically by last name.  This week we’re going alphabetically by first name to be fair.  Cory Booker goes first both ways, so next week we’ll have to find another.

Vote, and explain your vote and any changes in the comments below!

Blue Jersey Weekly Poll: US Senate Primary

UPDATE: We had a little tech glitch in this poll, and it’s possible Speaker Sheila Oliver lost votes during the reset. If you voted for her, and think your vote wasn’t counted, please vote again – Rosi

Each week on Wednesday until the primary on August 16 we’ll put up a poll for the US Senate special election, and report on the changes from week to week.

Of course, it’s not scientific but it’s fun, so be sure to vote every week!

Dear Chris Christie: You Blew It

Governor Christie has finally been trapped by his own bullshit. No matter how he wants people to slice this one, no one is buying the special election stunt as anything more than a corrupt, self-serving abuse of power executed solely in the political interest of Chris Christie. His wilted response to Jon Stewart is especially laughable:

“It was funny, I laughed [and] it was really good, but it has absolutely no relationship to the truth of my position”

Can’t you just picture Christie’s reaction as he watched Jon Stewart’s downright embarrassing call-out of this sad affair? Oh yeah, he was definitely loving it. Definitely.

Nominees Phillip Kwon, Bruce Harris: On Supreme Court, Proceed With Great Caution

In the wake of a torrent of news and opinion about Governor Christie’s nominations of Bruce Harris and Phillip Kwon for the New Jersey Supreme Court, we have a message for Governor Christie: Thank you for bucking the trend of your party and recognizing the need for people of all backgrounds to serve in positions of power. And we have a message for the State Senate: Proceed with great caution.

Governor Christie deserves credit for nominating Harris, the gay, African-American mayor of Chatham, and Kwon, a Korean-American immigrant who has served with Christie as a prosecutor and in his Attorney General’s office. At a time when the Republican Party has become at a national level reflexively anti-LGBT, prone to offensive stereotypes of African-Americans, and virulently anti-immigrant, Christie has sent a message with his nominations that people of color and LGBT people have a place in the highest echelons of government. That message follows on Christie’s strong defense of his Superior Court nominee Sohail Mohammed against Republican critics of Muslims becoming judges.

But we also need to put Christie’s actions in context. As the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out recently, the all-white composition of the current New Jersey Supreme Court was Christie’s own doing, after his unjustified booting of Justice John Wallace and his failure to replace retiring Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto with another Latino justice. And Christie’s homogenization of the state’s courts has extended to the trial courts, where the vast majority of people interacting with the court system end up. According to the latest official report of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns (at p. 125):

Reminder to Gov. Christie: You Work for Us

Yesterday, a condescending Chris Christie told media “I’m allowed to meet people I want to meet who want to talk to me about whatever issues they want to talk about – You’re not entitled to know everything I do.”

Actually, Governor, when you do it in our name, as Governor of the State of New Jersey, we are.

Last week’s revelation of a hidden gubernatorial trip to a Koch Brothers corporate lovefest in Colorado once again shows a Governor with a problem defining the line between public and private, in a way that hurts New Jersey taxpayers, every day.

From Blue Jersey to John Wisniewski

When the day’s work is done at the Heldrich Hotel, Blue Jersey hopes Democratic Chair Asm John Wisniewski reads this post. It concerns a rumor, hot all day, we hope was never true. If it was, we hope progressive and grassroots outrage has shifted some members of the redistricting commission off a certain highly questionable plan.

As Jay Lassiter wrote earlier today, the hottest rumor coming out the redistricting meetings in New Brunswick is that of Senators Barbara Buono and Joe Vitale being lumped together into one legislative district while Assemblyman and Democratic State Chairman John Wisniewski is left with a new district all to himself, from which he may ascend to the Senate.  If true, this represents the worst kind of backroom treachery – rather than upholding the interests of the Democrats he’s charged to represent, he’s using the redistricting process to serve his own ambitions.

It’s no secret that Senator Buono hasn’t made many fans among the powers that be of late, on either side of the aisle.  She’s consistently stood up to Governor Christie’s assault on working families, no matter what position her Democratic colleagues have taken.  But ironically, it’s Buono’s willingness – as both a progressive and a woman – to stand up to the power brokers that leads us to support her as vigorously as we do.  And, we fear, it’s this same fighting spirit that’s put her political career in the crosshairs.

The same is true, it should be said, of Senator Vitale.  A solid progressive and a health care champion, Vitale was the architect of the NJ FamilyCare expansion that guaranteed universal access to quality health care to all New Jerseyans.  He’s spent his career in the Senate quietly, but steadfastly, working on behalf of children and working families.  As he pointed out, it’s ironic that two dedicated progressive public servants be threatened by insider political machinations in the name of assisting those they’ve both done so much to help.

It’s likely that whatever the map-makers in the bowels of the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick ultimately decide will stand as our next legislative map.  But by no means do we here at Blue Jersey have to accept it.  Our chief interests have always been progressive policy and honest governance.  This move flies in the face of both of those tenets.  That it is allegedly being perpetrated by the Chairman of the Democratic State Committee for his own political gain is a slap in the face of each and every progressive activist who has dedicated their time, effort, and hard-earned money to the Democratic Party.  

We respectfully but firmly ask Chairman Wisniewski to denounce this planned assault on two of our state legislature’s brightest progressive lights.  If he does not, he will have lost the faith of all of us at Blue Jersey, if not all of us in the Democratic Party.