Author Archive: Jason Springer

NJDSC Week in Review for March 25th

I’m a fan of this kind of roundup to Dems. Nice work. – Rosi

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:

  • The Jefferson Jackson Dinner is fast approaching  with special Guest, Governor Martin O’Malley
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer examines Chris  Christie’s 24% property tax increase in South jersey
  • The Star Ledger says it’s time for the Governor  to End the Blame Game
  • The AC Press looks at the “most blantly political Governor” and his use of taxpayer funded campaign events he calls  town halls
  • Chairman Wisniewski responds to Chris Christie’s stance on collective bargaining being non-negotiable
  • Democrats continue standing up for Women’s Health against Republican attacks
  • The Court says Christie’s Education cuts are unconstitutional
  • Democrats examine Christie’s budget proposals,  their true impact and real costs
  • 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

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

Blue Jersey Radio: Jason’s last stand with guest Ed Potosnak

Ed Potosnak, Candidate for Congress in NJ-7
Ed Potosnak, Candidate for Congress, NJ-7

Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls.

This Week: It’s my last stand on Blue Jersey radio as I let everyone know earlier today that I’ll be moving on to the State Committee. But before I go, we’ll have one last excellent adventure with our sometimes co-host Adam Lambert and Jeff will also try to call in from his meeting to say hello.

Our guest will be Ed Potosnak, who is challenging Congressman Leonard Lance in the 7th District. We’ll get the low down on his campaign and his thoughts on the issues of the day. Adam and I will also recap the last week in NJ politics and I’m sure he will have something to say about my next step.

So, join us for New Jersey’s fastest half-hour of political talk. We’ll see if we can keep up with the change-by-the-minute pace of news coming from just about everywhere these days.

Join us tonight!

Something special on your mind? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and maybe we can have some fun with them on air. Or, feel free to give us a call tonight, and share what’s on your mind. Remember, it’s all LIVE, so don’t be afraid – join us!

That number again is: 646-652-2773.

Talk to you then!

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Time for my next step

Before I talk about my next step, I wanted to take a quick look back in time. Over 7 years ago, I was a field organizer in Northeast Iowa on the Howard Dean for President campaign. I would read the Dean for America Blog at night and write to people from New Jersey who would post. One of those people at the time was Juan Melli, a student then at Princeton University. We started talking Jersey politics and as I stayed in Iowa following the Dean campaign to manage a Congressional race in 2004, we kept in touch.

When I returned to NJ following the 2004 elections, I would eventually meet Juan at Princeton when he was involved in the filibuster against Frist in 2005. He told me about this idea for a blog and the next thing I knew in September 2005, I was a founding member of the then BlueJersey.net

Through the years, my jobs have changed and my involvement in Blue Jersey increased as I began to write more regularly, became the Technical Director of the blog and started co-hosting Blue Jersey Radio with Jeff Gardner.

As much as I have enjoyed my ride here on the blog, it’s time for my next step. I have been offered the position to become the Communications Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. I recognize that the position probably wouldn’t even be available to me if I had not been involved in this blog, but I also recognize that this blog has never been and cannot simply be an extension of the state party itself.

I’ll be following in the footsteps of the many front pagers that have come before me and moved on to make an impact within the Democratic Party and in the media itself. Before JRB was writing for Salon and Huffington Post, he was posting here at Blue Jersey. Prior to Juan Melli working for Dawn Zimmer and Jon Corzine, he founded our little site. Jay Lassiter worked on the campaigns of Rob Andrews and John Adler after he was Blue Jersey’s statehouse correspondent. Before Thurman Hart was writing an online column at NJ.com, he was taking people to task on this blog. Brian McGinnis handled Blue Jersey’s morning roundup before moving on to Garden State Equality, followed by Pam Lampitt and Lou Greenwald’s Legislative office. Before Jeff Gardner was a Party Chairman, he was and still is a front page blogger. While Rosi is busy actually running the blog, she also has her hands in more going on across this state than I can even name. And the list goes on and on with involvement from the people here at Blue Jersey in the party, in government and on campaigns in New Jersey.

So much has gone on in my time at Blue Jersey which has not only been fun to be a part of, but a source of great pride. We had huntsu on the trail of Chris Christie before anyone else wanted to pay attention to what was going on. We caught a staffer on Tom Kean Jr.’s campaign astroturfing the blog from their own headquarters, which is still cited in her wikipedia page. We’ve covered live events with everyone from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, to Bon Jovi and Jon Corzine. Hosting the radio show with Jeff Gardner, Adam Lambert, JRB and whoever else wanted to join us has been an absolute blast. Having my name even associated with the Think Equal campaign and the ads that were created for the Marriage Equality push was an honor. Seeing first hand photos from Rome of the Coliseum lit up when NJ abolished the death penalty literally sent chills down my spine. And recently we even helped lead the fight to save the SCI from the power grab of a Governor.

Someone once told me that Blue Jersey helped serve as the conscience of the Democratic Party, which I often took great pride in. They said we served as a farm team giving progressive Democrats a platform to hone their message and communications skill. Just as I have followed others in moving on to influence the party in a different capacity, I hope other readers here will take advantage of the opportunities Blue Jersey presents and the potential it holds. Thank you all for an amazing ride and I look forward to continuing the fight, just in a different capacity and forum. It has been an absolute honor for me to be associated with Blue Jersey and the people who contribute to make it what it is.

Thank you all for an amazing ride.

Jason

“Every year you put off the problem, the eventual cost of the solution grows”

When asked about skipping the over $3 billion pension payment in this years budget once again, Governor Christie says that he will not put money into a broken fund. But the question is how did the fund get to be so broken and the answer is in part, by doing just what Christie has continued to do:

But that’s not what OLS projections show. “Our projection of the state’s pension obligation is based on what it would take to fully fund pensions over a 20-year period,” Rosen said. “Pension income is based on a five-year rolling estimate, so adding another subpar year on pension investment income to three earlier down years pushes up your number. But much of the increase from year to year is based on the failure of the state to make payments the year before. Every year you put off the problem, the eventual cost of the solution grows.”

So just what does that all mean you ask?

To put that $3.530 billion a year pension figure in perspective, the state would have to raise the income tax by 35 percent or hike the sales tax from 8 percent to 11 percent to generate that kind of revenue this year, and the magnitude of the problem gets worse every year.

We certainly need the economy to pick up to help with our investments, but we also need the Governor to not play the same games he ran against and only make the problem he says he’s going to fix even worse. Maybe thats the plan, make things so bad that drastic change is the only option left.

News Roundup and Open Thread, Tuesday July 27, 2010

Obama headed to Tastees

  • President Obama will head to Tastee Sub Shop in Edison on Wednesday where he’ll host a round-table discussion about the economy with local small business owners. He is expected to promote a bill expanding loan programs and tax breaks for small businesses that Democrats hope will pass the Senate this week.

    Toms River Marine killed in Afghanistan

  • Maj. Weis, 37, a highly decorated pilot and 16-year Marine Corps veteran, was one of two Marine officers killed in combat last Thursday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold that has been the scene of some of the war’s fiercest fighting.

    SL says AG should handle shooting probe

  • “a thorough and impartial investigation is the best way to answer all questions about this tragic incident. It is also the best way to restore the community’s trust.”

    Court punts on ME

  • Things need to start in the lower court they say first.

    Christie heads to DC

  • Governor Christie will head to DC today to hold the second meeting with the state’s 15 lawmakers since he took office in January.

    Radioactive water in the wells

  • Radioactivity in drinking water is more widespread in New Jersey than previously reported, according to well-testing data and a state report. More than one-third of private wells tested in some South Jersey communities exceed recommended levels of radiological contaminants. In Mantua in Gloucester County, the figure was 100 percent.

    Attack first, question later

  • The NRCC attacked John Adler for taking Rangel money, only problem is that he had already returned what he got last year and hasn’t taken anything this year. Why let facts get in the way?

    Forest Fire in the Pinelands

  • A forest fire in a swampy section of the Pinelands in Burlington County was expected to burn several hundred acres before being contained.

    Food pantries struggling

  • “It’s pretty critical,” Apostol said. “This is one of the worst I’ve seen it.”

    No more D’s

  • The Mount Olive school board voted Monday to eliminate the “D” grade for middle and high school students.

    Higher Taxes, layoffs, unpaid days off

  • That’s what Jackson’s budget will bring residents.
  • Powerball helps NJ Lottery report record $2.6 billion in revenues

    People may be struggling in this economy, but the NJ Lottery has posted record revenues this year. From the release put out by the lottery:

    …early un-audited Fiscal Year 2010 returns show that the New Jersey Lottery has shattered previous revenue estimates, surpassing $2.6 billion in sales and $900 million in aid to education and institutions for the first time in its four-decade history. These estimated figures also mark the third consecutive year that sales have crossed the $2.5 billion mark.

    These early FY’10 estimates indicate that the Lottery’s gross revenues of $2.6 billion will top the previous record by nearly $66.7 million dollars and will allow it to contribute approximately $924 million to State-sponsored programs, the largest revenue contribution amount in Lottery history, shattering the old record of $887.2 million set in FY2009 by nearly $37 million.

    We’ll see what the final revenues say once all the auditing is done. The lottery stands in contrast to the gaming and horse racing industries which have seen precipitous declines in their revenues. You can see where the lottery money goes here.

    Holt wants Elizabeth Warren to chair Consumer Protections Bureau

    Congressman Rush Holt has thrown his support behind Elizabeth Warren to be the Chair of the Consumer Protection:

    “The fight for Wall Street reform was all about standing up for hard-working families and giving them a voice against Wall Street and big banks. The President’s signing of Wall Street reform into law was not the end of the fight, it is really the beginning,” Holt said. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will only be as good as its leadership.  Elizabeth Warren has devoted her career’s work to standing up for hard-working families in the face some of the worst predatory lending practices that contributed to the financial meltdown. You just can’t do better than her.”

    The Congressman joined 56 members of the house urging the President to make the move calling her “the perfect choice” for the post.  I’ll put the full letter the members sent below the fold.  CBS News took a look at the case for and against Warren as they see it. The Young Turks put out this video on the current situation:

    County Parties have spent $2.3 million, have $2.6 million COH

    ELEC put out numbers late last week showing that county party committees around the state have spent more than $2.3 million during the first six months of 2010 and have $2.6 million in the bank. Here’s a summary:

     

         

     

    RECEIPTS THROUGHJUNE 30, 2010

         

    SPENDING THROUGHJUNE 30, 2010

         

    NET WORTH ON

       JUNE 30, 2010

         

    DEMOCRATIC COUNTY PARTY COMMITTEES

         

    $ 1,207,485

    $ 1,570,812

    $ 1,539,946

    REPUBLICAN COUNTY PARTY COMMITTEES

         

    $ 863,096

       

    $ 756,350

       

    $ 1,054,776

       

    TOTAL – BOTH PARTIES

    $  2,070,581

         

    $ 2,327,162

         

    $ 2,594,722

         

    I’ll put the break downs of the totals by county below the fold. On the Democratic side of the aisle, four committees including Bergen, Camden, Passaic and Union had more than $100,000 in reserve as of June 30, while Burlington and Hudson were in the red. On the Republican side, just one county party in Burlington has over $100,000, but none of them are in the red.