Blue Jersey – especially those from Essex – your thoughts? Promoted by Rosi
Some facts on Essex County:
1. It is the most Democratic County in the state, having delivered victories of 70%+ to every Democratic Presidential candidate in recent memory.
2. It is a minority-majority county, with more Black residents than non-Hispanic White residents. Presumably, the legions of registered Democrats in the county are even more minority-heavy
3. Essex County has, perhaps, the most entrenched political class in the state, protected by ballot structures which prioritize the Democratic Party’s anointed nominees, and primary election turnout that would make any fan of democracy shed tears.
4. Essex County is run, administratively and politically, by the cartoonishly corrupt, self-serving, double dipping pay-to-play king Joe DiVincenzo, a man who fancies himself a statewide kingmaker and old school political boss.
DiVinenzo is no liberal. Nor is he a moderate, or conservative. Nor is he a non-ideological do-gooder. DiVincenzo’s ideology is green, green for the inside of his own wallet. The power structure he oversees prevents legislators who I believe would be at least decent and honest from straying from his power-hungry needs.
Why is it that in a county with a minority-majority, and with multiple cities suffering under the strain of poverty, horrible schools and urban blight, Democratic primary voters continue to let this man run their county? Corruption in urban areas is often blamed on racial bias by voters, but DiVincenzo is a minority in Essex County, so that ain’t it.