From the Senator we call our hot-tag grandma, honored last night as she should be. Who wants to post pictures of the event? – – – promoted by Rosi
What a great evening! More than 800 folks attended the Garden State Equality Dinner on Saturday night. It was definitely the “in” place to be. Political figures included Governor Jon Corzine, Congressmen Steve Rothman, Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, my colleagues in the Senate Paul Sarlo, Bill Baroni, Ray Lesniak, along with Assemblymembers Valerie Huttle, Gordon Johnson, Jerry Green, Mary Pat Angelini and John McKeon, to name a few. Senate President Dick Codey was featured on video as was Mayor Cory Booker. County Executive Joe DeVincenzo also greeted guests. From my own district came Mayor Tim Eustace of Maywood and Councilwoman Carol Hoernlein from Tenafly.
The show was great. Judy Gold entertained us with lots of laughs. But most important, was our collective commitment for marriage equality in New Jersey. As the prime sponsor of the marriage bill in the Senate, I was thrilled to have an award named in my honor. Hey, these kinds of things don’t usually happen while one is still alive, so excuse me if I brag a little. Thanks Steve and Garden State Equality for letting me share your hopes and dreams. The first Loretta Weinberg Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to my friend and great activist colleague Jeanine LaRue. Jeanine spoke movingly of her own road to recognition. Congressman Steve Rothman also shared how he came to understanding with the help of his gay stepdaughter, Alex.
Arriving on the red carpet at the beginning of the evening with TV cameras and official greeters was reminiscent of our own Academy Awards…..New Jersey style!
Now it’s up to all of us to channel this energy into action. My commitment is to continue working until this bill is signed by our good Governor Jon Corzine. With your help, we will together share this day by the end of this year. Get a good night of sleep and make an appointment to see your legislator.