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The Star-Ledger Endorses Mark Alexander in the 34th District

Full Disclosure: I work for Mark Alexander.

Last week, The Star-Ledger endorsed our campaign with an editorial every voter in the 34th District (and progressive Democrat) needs to read. As they wrote about Senator Gill:

She is an average player at best, and the main reason is she simply does not devote the energy to the job that’s required to do it well.

They go on:

Alexander is fighting the machine, and that makes him the underdog in a system like New Jersey’s. But he deserves to win. And it is not a close call.

Click here to get involved before June 4th and send an independent Democrat to Trenton.

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The Star-Ledger Endorses Mark Alexander in the 34th District

Full Disclosure: I work for Mark Alexander.

Last week, The Star-Ledger endorsed our campaign with an editorial every voter in the 34th District (and progressive Democrat) needs to read. As they wrote about Senator Gill:

She is an average player at best, and the main reason is she simply does not devote the energy to the job that’s required to do it well.

They go on:

Alexander is fighting the machine, and that makes him the underdog in a system like New Jersey’s. But he deserves to win. And it is not a close call.

Alexander_endorsementgraphic_starledger

Click here to get involved before June 4th and send an independent Democrat to Trenton.

The Star-Ledger Endorses Mark Alexander in the 34th District

Full Disclosure: I work for Mark Alexander.

Last week, The Star-Ledger endorsed our campaign with an editorial every voter in the 34th District (and progressive Democrat) needs to read. As they wrote about Senator Gill,

She is an average player at best, and the main reason is she simply does not devote the energy to the job that’s required to do it well.

They go on:

Alexander is fighting the machine, and that makes him the underdog in a system like New Jersey’s. But he deserves to win. And it is not a close call.

Alexander_endorsementgraphic_starledger

Click here to get involved before June 4th and send an independent Democrat to Trenton.

Double Dipping in LD34

Full Disclosure: I am Mark Alexander’s Communications Director.

This past week, 34th District State Senate candidate Mark Alexander appeared on NJTV‘s On The Record with Michael Aron. Unfortunately, Senator Gill refused to appear on the show with Mark, so they appeared in back-to-back interviews. Our campaign will continue to call for Senator Gill to debate in every community in the 34th District so residents are given the opportunity to hear directly from those looking to represent them in Trenton.

One thing was most telling about Senator Gill’s interview. In discussing her $50,000 no-bid legal contract with the Essex County Improvement Authority, she said the following:

“I’m a lawyer. I’ve been a lawyer for 28 years and I’ve had this job for the last five [the $50,000 contract with the Essex County Improvement Authority]. They are a client. And so, it is nothing that has not been reported on. It is on my disclosure form. The no-bid contract is a service contract, it’s not a contract that is no-bid because of me.”

This is the problem in New Jersey. Too many State Legislators are benefitting from inside deals like this one, and think it is acceptable conduct. How can Senator Gill be independent when part of her livelihood is dependent on a public contract given to her by the Essex County party bosses? When Governor Christie dismantled NJN, Senator Gill was a willing participant. Why? The Essex County bosses made her fall in line.

A State Senator getting a no-bid contract from a public entity is unacceptable.

Mark isn’t going to Trenton for a job or contract. He is going to serve the people of the 34th District, first and foremost. As a tenured Law Professor at Seton Hall, he doesn’t need to worry about outside influences affecting how he votes. The people will always be his first priority. And his independence will be unquestioned.  

Watch the full segment here.

A call for interns!

Promoted by Rosi. If the Gill campaign is also looking for interns, they can post that request here, too.

To students across Northern New Jersey, the Alexander for Senate campaign is looking for capable individuals of all stripes to join our team this Spring. We are looking for folks to do communications, field, and finance work based out of our Montclair headquarters. College credit can be arranged! Residents of Clifton, East Orange, Montclair, and Orange are especially encouraged to apply.

This won’t be making copies and stuffing envelopes, you’ll be working under a top-notch team of political consultants with experience in local, county, state, and federal campaigns. Plus, there will be a lot of interaction with our candidate: a former Obama Senior Advisor and veteran of races with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senator Bill Bradley, and Senator Ted Kennedy.

All interested parties should email their resumes to contact@votemarkalexander.com.

Full disclosure: I am a paid staffer working on the campaign.

A call for interns!

Full disclosure: I am a paid staffer for the campaign.

To students across Northern New Jersey, the Alexander for Senate campaign is looking for capable individuals of all stripes to join our team this Spring. We are looking for folks to do communications, field, and finance work based out of our Montclair headquarters. College credit can be arranged!

This won’t be making copies and stuffing envelopes, you’ll be working under a top-notch team of political consultants with experience in local, county, state, and federal campaigns. Plus, there will be a lot of interaction with our candidate: a former Obama Senior Advisor and veteran of races with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senator Bill Bradley, and Senator Ted Kennedy.

All interested parties should email their resumes to contact@votemarkalexander.com.  

Me, Governor?

Do you agree, Blue Jersey? – promoted by Rosi

Right now, the New Jersey Democratic Party seems lost at sea.  Factions are breaking out all over the State along regional and ideological divides.  Governor Christie has masterfully exploited these cracks and enacted sweeping reforms of once untouchable issues like pension and healthcare benefits for public employees. As 2013 looms, there is no clear cut favorite to challenge Christie.  

Right now I think there are three names to look out for: former Governor Richard Codey, Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, and Congressman Rob Andrews.  

I’m making a few assumptions in developing this short list.  First, based off public statements and actions, I don’t think Newark Mayor Cory Booker has any interest in challenging Christie.  He seems more interested in heading to Washington – either as a US Senator or member of the Obama Administration.  Next, having Andrews as the “South Jersey” candidate eliminates other rumored South Jersey candidates like Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald.  

I know George Norcross is smart enough to get his entire organization behind one candidate, and Andrews makes the most sense for a slew of reasons.  He has the strongest progressive credentials, has the highest name identification from previous statewide runs, and has the oratorical skills for a toe-to-toe matchup with Christie.  I think the Norcross Machine gets behind Andrews and takes one last shot at launching him into statewide office.      

It’s no secret Senator Buono has an interest in taking on Christie.  She has been the strongest progressive voice against his policies and has been touring the State for most of the past year.  She is strong on liberal causes and is a woman in the male dominated New Jersey – something that could appeal to a female electorate that has been under assault by the Christie Administration.  Her biggest problem is organizational support (including locking down Middlesex County where she was on the wrong side of the Chairmanship battle this past month) to have a chance at victory.  The “outsider” strategy she has adopted can only take her so far.  In order to gain any kind of traction, she is going to need some institutional organization.  

That brings us to who I consider the wild card in this entire process: former Governor Richard Codey. Popular, affable, and an axe to grind with New Jersey’s party bosses, he might be the only candidate that could overcome this uphill battle against Democratic power brokers aligned with Gov. Christie.  The biggest question around a potential Codey candidacy is does he want to run?  We all know he loved being Governor, but does he want to take on this type of race this late in his career?  

Regardless of who our nominee is come June 2013, the healing process needs to start now with New Jersey Democrats to come together and unseat a Governor with a string of legislative victories already under his belt and a national donor network to tap into.  

Me, Governor?

Right now, the New Jersey Democratic Party seems lost at sea.  Factions are breaking out all over the State along regional and ideological divides.  Governor Christie has masterfully exploited these cracks and enacted sweeping reforms of once untouchable issues like pension and healthcare benefits for public employees.  As 2013 looms, there is no clear cut favorite to challenge Christie.  

Right now I think there are three names to look out for: former Governor Richard Codey, Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, and Congressman Rob Andrews.  

I’m making a few assumptions in developing this short list.  First, based off public statements and actions, I don’t think Newark Mayor Cory Booker has any interest in challenging Christie.  He seems more interested in heading to Washington – either as a US Senator or member of the Obama Administration.  Next, having Andrews as the “South Jersey” candidate eliminates other rumored South Jersey candidates like Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald.  

I know George Norcross is smart enough to get his entire organization behind one candidate, and Andrews makes the most sense for a slew of reasons.  He has the strongest progressive credentials, has the highest name identification from previous statewide runs, and has the oratorical skills for a toe-to-toe matchup with Christie.  I think the Norcross Machine gets behind Andrews and takes one last shot at launching him into statewide office.      

It’s no secret Senator Buono has an interest in taking on Christie.  She has been the strongest progressive voice against his policies and has been touring the State for most of the past year.  She is strong on liberal causes and is a woman in the male dominated New Jersey – something that could appeal to a female electorate that has been under assault by the Christie Administration.  Her biggest problem is organizational support (including locking down Middlesex County where she was on the wrong side of the Chairmanship battle this past month) to have a chance at victory.  The “outsider” strategy she has adopted can only take her so far.  In order to gain any kind of traction, she is going to need some institutional organization.  

That brings us to who I consider the wild card in this entire process: former Governor Richard Codey. Popular, affable, and an axe to grind with New Jersey’s party bosses, he might be the only candidate that could overcome this uphill battle against Democratic power brokers aligned with Gov. Christie.  The biggest question around a potential Codey candidacy is does he want to run?  We all know he loved being Governor, but does he want to take on this type of race this late in his career?  

Regardless of who our nominee is come June 2013, the healing process needs to start now with New Jersey Democrats to come together and unseat a Governor with a string of legislative victories already under his belt and a national donor network to tap into.  

The diversity of Passaic County

As the filing deadline for this June’s primary has come and gone, we finally see the finished picture of who is running where.  In Passaic County, we have a full list of county and local candidates truly representative of the diversity present.  

The top of the ballot is anchored by newcomer Bernice Toledo of Prospect Park.  A veteran of the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, she will join Freeholders Bruce James and Greyson Hannigan who are seeking reelection to keep control of the Freeholder Board in Democratic hands.    

This is what people-powered looks like

I have a hunch we’ll hear from Jeff later. Meanwhile, big thanks from Blue Jersey to everybody who gave in yesterday’s money bomb! – Rosi

Big hat tip to the Blue Jersey community, Blue America PAC, and Democracy for America for making the money bomb a huge success. – Matt

Honestly, when we had our initial conference call on the money bomb idea – Rosi, Jay, a DFA national staffer, and myself – we all thought somewhere between $1,000 on the low end and$5,000 on the high end would be a successful for a one day haul.  This just has never really been done in a state legislative race, so we just weren’t sure what to expect.

435 donors and $10,728 raised was double our best case scenario.  If the establishment wasn’t listening before, they are now.  more below…