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Jenny for President

I’m running for President — of the local Princeton Democratic Club, otherwise known as the PCDO (Princeton Community Democratic Organization). This year, unlike most years, there is an election and it’s going to be hotly contested.

I want to encourage a more active membership with a stronger voice through public debates and forums on important social and political topics, including land use and local policy formation. On a national level, both the 2006 mid-term elections and the February 2008 New Jersey presidential primary will be a critical test for our party. With a strong PCDO, we can make a difference in key races throughout the state and perhaps take a leading role in determining our next nominee.

If you live in Princeton, I hope you will get involved in the PCDO. To vote in the election you have to pay dues by this Sunday, 6/8/06. Non-participants living elsewhere, I encourage you to get involved in your local Democratic Club. So many people feel the Democratic Party is someone else and therefore let "someone else" run the show, sometimes without much help or input. But if our grass roots aren’t strong we’re going to keep losing to Republicans, who have figured out how to organize locally better than we have.

More info about what I’m doing is is on my "vision page." I also have a letter to the editor in the Princeton Packet today.

breathing easier, THANKS GOV. CODEY!

It is nice to see the NJ State legislators finally making progress with a proposed ban on smoking in public spaces , save casinos. Just this morning, the bill went to the full Assembly from committee  where approval is expected early next week. The State Senate has already approved the proposed legislation and Gov. Dick Codey seems eager to sign the bill into law. By doing so, NJ will become the 11th state in the nation to enact similar legislation. I should add kudos to our Governor, who repeatedly expressed his desire to make the smoking ban a part of his legacy.

The Fleecing of Hamilton and NJ- The money begins to flow

Hamilton has made its first three interest payments to Fieldstone Associates in regards to the Klockner Woods land deal. This would be the payments due on Oct. 1, Nov. 1 and Dec. 1; January’s payment hasn’t been made yet, according to Hamilton Township officials, as reported in yesterday’s Times of Trenton. These payments may possibly someday hopefully but probably not be credited toward the purchase price of $4.1 million, but under the current deal they are on top of it. The township also owes $100k on a loan for money alloted to buy the property, so right now we’re looking at approx. $4.3 million.

All for a bit of land the developers bought in 2001 for $375,000.

Ferguson, Abramoff and Kidan

Cross-posted from Dump Mike:

Congressman Mike Ferguson’s spokeswoman Abby Bird said this in the August 18, 2005 Asbury Park Press:

Two other New Jersey politicians and the New Jersey Republican State Committee also received contributions from Abramoff since 2000.

Republican Rep. Mike Ferguson is not going to give back the $1,000 he received in 2001, according to his spokeswoman Abby Bird.

But in today’s Star Ledger, this is reported:

Ferguson said he received a $1,000 contribution from Abramoff and another $1,000 from Abramoff business associate Adam Kidan, and in August donated the $2,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation in Mountainside. He said another $1,000 donation from a casino connected to Abramoff was donated last month to the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains.

“Abramoff’s actions were outrageous and wrong, and illustrate clearly why Congress needs to enact serious and meaningful reforms now,” said Ferguson.

Going through his FEC records, there was a $2000 contribution made to the Children’s Specialized Hospital on August 22, 2005.  New reports are being filed soon, and we will check then about the last contribution. A quick survey of FEC reports back into 2003 did not find any additional contributions of this sort from Ferguson.

If he did donate the money as a way to get rid of money from Abramoff and Kidan, good for him.  It was the right thing to do.  It does seem odd that just four days after his spokeswoman said they would not be giving up the money that they would do it without notifying the media, however.

News Roundup

  • Reps Pallone and Andrews are both still considering whether or not to challenge Menenedez in a Senate primary.
  • Rep. Jim Saxton Saxton (R, NJ-3) say he has returned $7,000 in Jack Abramoff-related money. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2) has returned $1,000 from Abramoff and “gave another $2,000 to the Spirit and Truth Ministries in Vineland that came from Abramoff’s partner Michael Scanlon, who in November pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R, NJ-7) “said he received a $1,000 contribution from Abramoff and another $1,000 from Abramoff business associate Adam Kidan, and in August donated the $2,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation in Mountainside. He said another $1,000 donation from a casino connected to Abramoff was donated last month to the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains.”
  • Democrat-controlled Bergen County freeholder board passed an incredibly weak pay-to-play ban. “Since taking control of the freeholder board and executive office in 2003, Democrats have awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to generous political donors…”
  • “Democratic state lawmakers marked the holiday season by showering $38 million worth of cars, trucks and grants on local governments, colleges, charities and, often, their own employers…Among them were five grants worth $2 million for West New York, where Assembly Speaker Albio Sires is mayor. Another pair worth $225,000 will pay for an ambulance and vans in Union City, where Democratic Assemblyman Brian Stack is mayor.” The worst part? It seems the Republicans aren’t even outraged by the pork any more. “Assemblyman Joseph Malone, R-Burlington, the ranking Republican on the Assembly Budget Committee, said he and fellow [Republicans] are getting accustomed to seeing the grants flow into Democratic districts.”
  • The Assembly will consider a bill on Monday to place a moratorium on the death penalty. Make sure you call your legislators.
  • The state Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senators John Adler and Nia Gill (39-0) that would grant same-sex couples the same rights as married couples regarding inheritances and funeral arrangements. The Assembly will vote on the bill on Monday.
  • Despite the Assembly leadership’s unwillingness to consider the stem cell research legislation this term, Corzine plans to push for it during his administration.
  • New Jersey’s 4th graders kick ass.
  • The Dept of Housing and Urban development will grant $18 million to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities afford housing.
  • The state tourism commission may pay Bon Jovi $250,000 for permission to use one of his songs, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” for an advertising campaign.
  • Did anyone make it this far? Vote or die.
  • NJ Death Penalty Moratorium bill

    The New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee today passed S-709, the death penalty moratorium bill, 4-2. Yes votes came from Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and Assemblymen Patrick Diegnan, Peter Barnes, and Alfred Steele; Assemblymen Chistopher Connors and Michael Carroll voted nay.

    Next step in the legislative process before the bill goes to Governor Codey’s desk comes this Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m., when the full Assembly is scheduled to vote on the moratorium bill. Tomorrow is the last opportunity for supporters to our voices heard before the vote.

    If you want to help ensure our state is first in the nation to pass a death penalty moratorium bill, it’s urgent you call your two legislators before the weekend, even leaving a message on the
    voicemail if you can’t call when you might reach an aide.

    Simply announce yourself as a constituent and ask that your legislator “Please support S-709, the death penalty study and moratorium bill.”

    To find out who your legislators are and how to call them, visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp.

    Please also consider attending the Assembly vote on Monday at the State House in Trenton. Assuming successful passage of the bill, activists, led by New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will gather nearby restaurant for a post-vote celebration.

    Please make this call today!

    Lynch probe widens

    Nine more towns in 5 counties have received subpoenas in the FBI investigation of Lynch.  From the Star Ledger:

    Officials in Edison, Old Bridge, South Brunswick and New Brunswick in Middlesex County; Red Bank and Neptune Township in Monmouth County, Maple Shade in Burlington County; Hamilton Township in Mercer County and Bound Brook in Somerset County all confirmed that they received subpoenas seeking documents relating to Pennrose, Lynch and Westlake dating back to Jan. 1, 1993.

    Kyrillos the new Norcross: Part 2

    Seems like only yesterday Kyrillos had the spotlight put on him about wanting to put his hands in the Fort Monmouth Reuse pot.

    Yesterday, Kyrillos met with local leaders to discuss the bill he was planning on introducing without discussing it first with local leaders.

    Awefully courteous of him, yet he had some choice words about the meeting and its results:

    “It’s a good proposal,” Kyrillos said, adding that he was prepared for changes to the bill as it moves through the Senate.

    “No bill comes out (of the legislative process) the same way it was drafted,” he said. “This (the bill) has started a healthy dialogue. I’m hopeful that there will be a comfortable consensus on a way to reinvent (Fort Monmouth).”

    Healthy, dialogue? I am no expert on the Fort Monmouth Reuse commitee but it seems that the only dialogue out there was the monologue by Arthur Kamin of the Asbury Park Press. Matter of fact, back in December 17th, a headline in the APP read “Fort panel member: Keep us in loop”.

    What there has been is behind the scenes jockeying, power grabbing, and sneaky legislation writting, none of which include the local officials currently doing a superb job of handling the Fort’s reuse. However, none of these activities indicate dialogue let alone one that can be described as “healthy.”

    True Blue

    While we’re thought of as a blue state, witness our presidential, senatorial, and governor votes, it’s time we become a “true blue” state.

    I’m hanging on by the slimmest of threads, having lived here only 20 yrs ( ~ 1/3rd) of my life.  Taxes are likely to get me to retire elsewhere.

      I’d like to see the property tax called the “local tax”, since we have federal and state taxes, why don’t we have LOCAL (as opposed to Property) taxes.  _then_ we can talk about ways to collect them.  I’d be for a leveled surtax on income by zipcode, say.  The total collected by zip would equal the property tax collected over a 5-yr  (or similar)
    average.  Each person’s contribution would be based on their proportion of federal & state income tax paid.

    Let’s start thinking of things which benefit the citizens, us individuals, largely middle class, and NOT at the expense of the otherwise unrepresented. 

    Kill the death penalty

    Since Dick Codey is so keen to line up a new slogan for New Jersey, how about this: New Jersey, Where Human Life is Valued. Kind of has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

    A proposal to suspend use of the death penalty is now being considered by the state Assembly, having already been passed by the state Senate. The measure would mandate a study of the cost, fairness and humanity of applying the death penalty.

    As is well known, New Jersey reinstated the death penalty in 1982 but has yet to execute anyone because of the lengthy review and appeal process. As you can tell from some of remarks made by death penalty supporters (“You don’t have a death penalty in New Jersey. Judges are holding everything up in your state.”) it appears that for many people, this means New Jersey should streamline its procedures to allow for the kind of assembly-line death operations found in other states — such as the one formerly governed by our current president.