Author Archive: Jason Springer

10 Tips Before Your Campaign Or Organization Hits Send On That Next Email

READ THIS POST or the KITTEN GETS IT. Promoted by Rosi.

This started as a rant yesterday on my Facebook page and turned into a more substantive, suggestive post at my JRS Strategies business blog.

Here are a few notes for those campaigns and organizations clogging up ‪#‎Email‬ Inboxes with end of the month solicitations (You Know Who You Are):

1.) Stop apologizing to me, clearly you’re not sorry because you keep emailing.

A Thanksgiving Surprise For The Troops

Yesterday was one of the more rewarding days I’ve had.  Along with my girlfriend and parents, we joined about 1000 people surprising a few hundred troops from the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst with a Thanksgiving dinner.  This was the 9th annual Feed the Troops Thanksgiving Day celebration, sponsored by Jewish War Veterans Post 126 and the Spevak family.

The troops had no idea where they were heading when they boarded the 4 buses on base. They were unable to go home for the holidays because they are about to deploy to Afghanistan.

As they arrived, the buses of troops were escorted by Police, Fire and Veterans on motorcycles and pulled up to a welcome of music playing, flags waving and turkey waiting. The troops walked through lines of people on each side of the path from the bus to the room where the dinner was held as those in attendance shook their hands, gave them signs, handed them food and thanked them for their service. Many of the troops had cameras of their own to take pictures of what they were experiencing.

You can read about some of the coverage of the event in this Courier Post article.

As if honoring the troops wasn’t enough, the commander of Post 126 in Cherry Hill and a veteran of World War II was finally awarded the Bronze Star that he said he didn’t receive at the time because he was in too much of a hurry to get home. It was over 65 years ago that he landed on the beaches of Normandy and helped liberate Dachau, a concentration camp in Germany that my Grandfather was held in for a time.

At dinner last night, my mom couldn’t stop talking with her friends about how moving the experience was.  She turned into the unofficial hugger for some of the troops who were overcome by the emotion of the day. This son couldn’t have been more proud of his mom.

The most amazing part of the day for me was the selflessnesses of the troops, who wanted to thank me for volunteering when i was really there to thank them for serving. To me, it was the least I could do on this day of giving thanks for people who do so much for everyone else.

Below the fold, i’ll put the video that I took as the buses of troops arrived and were greeted by hundreds of people cheering, waving flags and ready to say thank you.  

My most moving experience in Charlotte

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I saw many amazing and inspiring things as a member of the New Jersey delegation in Charlotte, but there were two things that truly stood out.

The first was when Gabrielle Giffords walked on stage to do the pledge of allegiance. It may not have been shown on TV and in prime time, but to me, that was just pretty unbelievable to be there to witness. But I didn’t really have a personal tie to that, so it was more inspiring than moving for me.

The second dealt with a woman I have had the opportunity to work closely with when I was the Director of Communications in Cherry Hill, Councilwoman Melinda Kane.  Melinda’s life experience brought her to office, becoming an advocate for veterans and military families after her son Jeremy, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, made the ultimate sacrifice.  

I have visited the park they dedicated in Jeremy’s honor in Cherry Hill and participated in the benefit run that they hold with Rutgers Camden and Veterans for Education each year. But in Charlotte, it was much more.  I talked with Melinda as she prepared to sit with Michelle Obama for the Wednesday evening events. I spoke with her after she was recorded reading a poem about Jeremy for the Veterans tribute video. And then I watched as this Gold Star Mother shed tears of both pride and sadness, comforted by Assemblyman Lou Greenwald during the Veterans ceremony when they showed the video and honored the sacrifice of her son. That was my most moving experience in Charlotte and I just wanted to share a little bit of it with you.  I was proud to be there with her. You can see this video with Melinda talking about her experience in Charlotte with MSNBC:

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Passes, Credentials and Tickets Oh My

I made the drive back to New Jersey yesterday after 9 days in Charlotte.  It was an amazing experience that we did our best to keep everyone updated through the State Committee’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can check back on the week and the #NJDNC hashtag here.

I’ll be going through photos, video and more to post in the coming days and will surely have more to say, but I thought you might enjoy the compilation of passes, credentials and tickets I put together from the experience:

On the ground in Charlotte

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Cross Posted at the NJDSC Bray

The Republican convention is now over and the attention will turn to the Democrats.

It’s an exciting time here in Charlotte as many of the staff members for the New Jersey Delegation have arrived and have been putting together everything for the upcoming convention.

Throughout the convention, we will try to keep people updated and try to give you some of the feeling for the 2012 Convention.

There are over 200 delegates attending from New Jersey and this is the most diverse delegation in recent memory.

You can follow along with the hashtag #NJDNC for our delegation and #DNC2012 for the national party.  

You can follow along with the State Committee account itself at @NJDSC, the NJDSC Communications Director Alicia at @NJAliciaD, or on my personal twitter feed @Jason_Springer.

No doubt plenty of other New Jersey Democrats will be putting out updates on their social media platforms as well including many familiar faces here at Blue Jersey.

We will also be updating the NJDSC Facebook page regularly with photos, videos and more. You can find that by clicking here.

We will keep you updated throughout the week and you can see a video timelapse of the transformation of the hall for the convention below the fold.

About that so called “comeback”

Bill Orr has written a few real good diaries (here, here, here) about how the Jersey Comeback is really a Jersey Blowback for taxpayers.  

A few pieces out this weekend add more fuel to the fire.  First, Paul Krugram had this great graph comparing employment with New Jersey’s neighbors, PA & NY:

Krugman said he’s not sure exactly why NJ is lagging so far behind, but  predicted how Christie would respond to that chart:

Of course, his response to this chart would probably be to yell insults at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

He’s probably right, but the Auditor contrasted the comeback rhetoric of how the state is doing so great we can give a 10% income tax cut, with the debate this past week over raising the minimum wage in New Jersey:

But when the conversation turns to raising the state’s minimum wage, as Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) is proposing, Republicans see nothing but dark clouds on the horizon.

In a floor speech before the Assembly voted to raise the wage floor on Thursday, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean) called it “the worst economy I have seen in my lifetime.”

Assemblyman Chris J. Brown (R-Burlington) warned that “we’re still fighting through so many different aspects – we’re fighting with what’s going on in Europe right now.”

And Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) said the last time he voted to raise the minimum wage, in 2005, the economy was “humming” and “booming.”

“Here we are, seven years later, and the opposite is happening,” he said. “The economy is struggling.”

Well what the hell is it, the worst economy of a lifetime? One that’s struggling? Or the nonsense Christie keeps spouting to justify a tax cut we clearly can’t afford in year one and definitely can’t afford in the outer years. About that so-called comeback?  

Mastering the art of distraction

Bob Ingle penned a column looking at how distraction works well for Christie:

Let me get this straight: Gov. Chris Christie went into a long-winded put down of budget predictions by the Office of Legislative Services including, as he frequently does, name-calling. And that’s big news?

At this point, not only shouldn’t it be big news when the Governor throws a temper tantrum, it should be more news when he acts reasonably and responsibly:

While people were, incredibly at this point in his administration, all aflutter that the governor would call someone a name, the real news coming out of Trenton that day was that the state will borrow an extra $260 million for transportation projects instead of relying on cash as Christie had promised.

So the distraction worked, everyone jumped on Christie for going after Rosen, but no one really paid close attention to the further borrowing to fund transportation projects to fix our crumbling infrastructure.  This is on top of the borrowing he’s already done:

More surprising, however, is Christie’s willingness to borrow somewhere between $3.6 billion and $4.378 billion in order to refuel the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

Maybe they figure what’s $260 million when you’ve already borrowed between $3.6 and $4.3 billion. But as Ingle points out, this wasn’t the first time Christie has played this game:

The governor is good at diversion, he would fit right in with Penn and Teller, the Vegas magician act. One of the biggest he pulled off was when he announced he was killing the tunnel to Macy’s basement. It occurred as his former state education commissioner, Bret Schundler, testified in Trenton under subpoena about how the state lost the federal “Race To The Top” money. Merely a coincidence, of course. Reporters rushed from the committee room where Schundler was to get to Christie’s press conference about the rail line. Which story do you remember?

There are alot of “coincidences” in this administration. It’s just amazing that after two years, his act still works enough to continue distracting people from the real news he’s making. It’s time for people to stop going for the head fake and pay attention to the real moves being made.

“What I’m Doing Is Not Very Kosher”

Felix Roque campaigned for Mayor with the slogan, “lead by example.” He was supported and sworn in by Chris Christie as a person who would “clean up government.”  But after a website called recallroque.com was set up, it became a family affair to take the site down:

According to the criminal complaint, Roque called up another recall organizer and intimated that he had the connections to take down the recall website by “highly placed government officials and that everyone would pay for getting involved against Mayor Roque.”

He wasn’t shy about boasting of those contacts, according to the complaint.

“A friend of mine. he works in the – I can’t tell you – three letters – CIA. You know. That’s how I get information. So what I’m doing is not very kosher,” the mayor was quoted as saying.

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NJDSC Week in Review for April 29th

Each week, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee compiles the Chairman’s week in review, recapping the news of the past 7 days. You can subscribe by email, view on our website or find and share on social media.

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In this week’s installment,  we highlight:

  • Don’t Miss the 2011 Democratic State Conference. Rosi had a great diary about what you can expect the other day here at Blue Jersey
  • Overcoming Christie’s initial veto, Legislation to provide Help For Small Businesses To Hire Workers was signed into law
  • Blue Jersey was there as Chairman Wisniewski Rallied Burlington County Democrats
  • Christie’s claims on $271 million bill for Canceled ARC Tunnel are “Simply Not Accurate”
  • “I’m Looking at Shutting Off Streetlights”
  • Mountain Creek Forked Over Campaign Cash To the GOP Days Before A Favorable Bill Was Made Law
  • Christie’s Highlands Appointee Diametrically Opposed To Highlands Act
  • Christie’s Budget Targets NJ FamilyCare and Working Families
  • The Courier Post says that Christie’s travel expenses are “As Transparent As Hundreds Of Blacked Out Details”
  • Congressional Corner looking at our members of Congress and their work fighting for New Jersey
  • The Roundup from Under the Dome in Trenton with Legislation and news.
  • Upcoming Events around the state

You can view this week’s review here. Feel free to tweet, post on facebook and share this with your friends. As always, thanks for all you do. You can keep updated with the NJDSC on the web, facebook,  twitter and youtube.

Jason Springer is Communications Director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee

NJDSC Week in Review for April 22nd

Each week, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee compiles the Chairman’s week in review, recapping the news of the past 7 days. You can subscribe by email, view on our website or find and share on social media. In this week’s installment,  we highlight:

  • Debunking Christie and Republican Millionaire’s myth
  • The State Conference is Just Around the Corner
  • Christie is a “bully” and the “biggest hypocrite in the statehouse”
  • Responding to Christie’s latest attempt to Blame Someone Else
  • Seeking Answers on Privatization
  • Calling to Halt Closure of the Vineland Developmental Center until impact can be determined
  • Congressional Corner looking at our members of Congress and their work fighting for New Jersey
  • The Roundup from Under the Dome in Trenton with Legislatiom and news.
  • Upcoming Events around the state

You can view this week’s review here. Feel free to tweet, post on facebook and share this with your friends. As always, thanks for all you do. You can keep updated with the NJDSC on the web, facebook,  twitter and youtube.

Jason Springer is Communications Director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee