Michael Avenatti
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti
The Fluffer.
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NJ’s Opioid Crisis
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Democracy is not for sale
Midterm Elections
“Money ... Money"
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How did Moms Demand Action “Gun Sense” group end up looking like they back the same guy the NRA does?
Good question.
Jeff Van Drew & NRA logo
DCCC pre-selects Jeff Van Drew - passing over the Black woman, Tanzie Youngblood, who DIDN’T wait for Lo Biondo’s retirement announcement
NRA: “A” rating. Marriage Equality: Voted No. Pro abortion limits. Pro pipeline. Awful enviro record. DINO.
Bob Menendez
To nobody’s surprise, Bob Menendez is running for re-election
Who do you talk about when you’re still under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee? Somebody whose ethics are worse ... Trump.
Let Us Be Part of the American Dream
Immigration Yesterday Today Tomorrow
There is nothing new in U. S. history about Trump’s anti-immigration policies.
Republican NJ Rep. Chris Smith
DCCC now has all 5 NJ Republican seats targeted for take-down
Chris Smith’s held his seat for 37 years. Dems now intend to take it away.

Latest Posts

The Heathcare Trap

This week, the Star-Ledger has published two editorials on healthcare.  No doubt, they are exercising their editorial conscience by raising awareness during Cover the Unisured Week.  There is a lot to agree with them on, but there is also something to disagree about.

As an example of where they get it right, I offer this referral.

States alone can’t rescue the health care system.

The puzzle over what to do about health care coverage — who pays for it and are we getting what we pay for — has confounded every administration since Harry Truman’s 60 years ago and has completely paralyzed Congress.

This is hitting a nail about as squarely as you can.  The problem is nothing more, or less, than determining “who pays for it and are we getting what we pay for”.  The author, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, sees the problem as a national problem and the state is simply not going to get a grip on the issue by itself.

Republican Policies Result in More Abortions

Congresmman Mike Ferguson opposes abortion, but he also opposes policies and legislation that would reduce the number of abortions in the United States and abroad

There is a bill in front of the Subcommittee on Health, where Ferguson is co-chair, that would increase funding and availability of contraceptives and family planning education for poor women.  This, in turn, would reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and result in a dramatically lower number of abortions.  The Bush administration estimates that there are 3 million unwanted pregnancies a year, with 50 percent ending in abortions.

Now new evidence from the Bush administration demonstrates that the number of unwanted pregnancies among poor women is skyrocketing under Republican “pro-life” policies, resulting in even more abortions.

Poor women in America are increasingly likely to have unwanted pregnancies, whereas relatively affluent women are succeeding more and more in getting pregnant only when they want to, according to a study analyzing federal statistics.

As a result of the growing disparity, women living in poverty are now almost four times more likely to become pregnant unintentionally than women of greater means, the study found.

Based on nationwide data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and other sources, the researchers found that from 1994 through 2001, the rate of unplanned pregnancies increased by almost 30 percent for women below the federal poverty line — now defined as $16,000 annually for a family of three. For women in families comfortably above poverty, the rate of unplanned pregnancies fell by 20 percent during the same period.

The abortion rate also rose among poor women while declining among the more affluent.

The Republican took over the House and Senate in 1994, and the White House in 2001.  During that time they have radically reduced access to family planning and contraception, choosing to focus only on abstinence education to prevent unwanted pregnancies.  Abstinence education has a place, since teenagers are often not ready for the emotional or other costs of sex and pregnancies, but only when it is coupled with realistic prevention messages, as well.

Congressman Ferguson is one of the most absolutist opponents of contraception, family planning and abortion.  He is so radical that his own colleagues call him “Mr. Embryo“, and that radical position is hurting poor women.  Unwanted pregnancies create financial burdens, empotional stress, hurt families, and end in abortion as often as they result in children.

What Matters Most to New Jerseyians

It is good to see that in such partisan times as these, when an important issue comes along we can all band together and forget our differences, and fight that truly important fight. 

It is issues such as this that spark our collective interests.  Issues like D-Day, September 11th, strippers protesting at the State House, and national homeland security that matters the most.  Issues that provoke everyone to shout:  “We are New Jerseyians, and WE STAND UNITED.”

100,000 Visitors

Just a few hours ago, Blue Jersey hit a milestone: 100,000 site visitors (and over 280,000 total page views). Woohoo! The site continues to grow – there are almost 500 registered users. If you haven’t joined yet, sign up – it’s quick and easy, and you’ll be able to leave witty comments in our caption contests.

The t-shirts have arrived and will be shipping out soon. If you haven’t ordered one yet, get one while they last. We have S, M, L and XL, though there are very few smalls (only 4) remaining, so act fast. Once they’re gone, they’re gone until we place another order.

Moving Toward Victory in NJ-7

I’m excited to share some recent developments in my campaign for Congress:

National Democracy for America has endorsed me, and included me on its list of candidates to support. Thanks to all my friends at New Jersey Democracy for America for helping to make this happen!

Yesterday, the New York Times listed NJ-7 as one of the “Races to Watch” in the Northeast.  I was in D.C. yesterday, and the response to this article was tremendous!

Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List, will be headlining a women’s event for me on June 14.

“Crossfire” co-host and best-selling author Paul Begala is coming to New Jersey to headline an event for me on June 27.

It’s really happening – the 7th District is on track to becoming one of the top races in the country.  Thanks for all your support!

Linda Stender

LoBiondo is a State of Mind

Here’s a fun thing to do with the kids on a rainy day.

Go to Google and type in “Congressman Lobiondo”.

Look at the first hit that comes up:

WTF?  He’s a Republican Representative from New York who is a New Jersey elected and appointed official?

Now I understand why nothing gets done in Washington.  No one even knows where they are from, much less where they are.

I hear that happens when your head is stuffed up your…

Garden State Equality Rally Tonight

Garden State Equality is having what will likely be the last Town Meeting before the Supreme Court decides on the legality of same-sex marriage. The meeting is a tribute to the late Lieutenant Laurel Hester, who spent the last year of her life fighting for domestic partner benefits while battling cancer:

TONIGHT, Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft

Garden State Equality presents the New Jersey LGBTI community’s official statewide tribute to the late Lieutenant Laurel Hester/A rally for marriage equality

Law enforcement officials who knew Lieutenant Hester at different stages of her career — who have never spoken publicly about her until now — will share riveting stories you never knew about this civil rights legend.

Looking to the future, the law enforcement officials will then speak about the grotesque unfairness of denying marriage equality to gays — including to the officials themselves who put their lives on the line every single day.

This may well be the rally before the New Jersey Supreme Court delivers its marriage-equality decision. 

The rally will feature never-before-seen footage of Lieutenant Hester.

And Garden State Equality will present the next Lieutenant Laurel Hester Prize for Citizen Courage to teacher Lily McBeth, who successfully stood down the bigots who sought to ban her from the classroom because she is transgender.

Mike Ferguson and the White House Avoidance Syndrome

Rep. Mike Ferguson would like to pretend that he is not complicit with the disaster that is the Bush administration.  In fact, he is so eager to run away from his party’s standard bearer that he has scrubbed all photos of himself with President Bush off of his website at http://www.fergusonforcongress.com, and only mentions the President three times.  Once is talking about how Ferguson opposed the President on the Dubai ports deals, and the others are simply saying that the President signed a bill.

But Ferguson can’t run away from his connections to George Bush.  Ferguson voted for the failed Iraq War, the incompetent Department of Homeland Security, the Energy Bill that gives tax breaks to oil companies, the Patriot Act that reduces civil liberties dramatically while making us safe minimally, to interfere in the medical care of a husband and wife in the Terry Schiavo case, and against embryonic stem cell research that will save lives and families’ pain.

And Ferguson is tied in with President Bush’s fundraising apparatus as well, beholden to them for the money he uses to win campaigns.  Not only has he accepted more than a quarter of a million dollars from Tom DeLay’s crowd,  but also $43,900 from the New Jersey branch of Bush’s fundraising team of Pioneers and Rangers alone, which much more coming from out of state. 

Not one of the Pioneers or Rangers below gave to Ferguson in his 1998 or 2000 races, but only after President Bush took over the White House and needed Ferguson’s vote — which he got 91 percent of the time.

Wielding Power with Authority

I kid you not, I received the following “notification” of Congressional action today:


Yes, boys and girls, our fearless Republicans in the House are defending the right of Atlantic City’s boardwalk to be the highest priced property on the boardgame “Monopoly”.

Then I started thinking…maybe the Congressional Dems signed on so that LoBiondo would be encouraged to “go public” with his assinine quest.

Here’s what that might look like on CSPAN: