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Mercer County steps up

The Times of Trenton reported today that the Mercer County Freeholders passed a resolution last night to extend health coverage and pension benefits to cover same-sex domestic partners. County Executive Brian Hughes saw the storm brewing in Ocean County (over a police officer with a terminal illness whose request to leave her pension benefit to her legal domestic partner was denied,) and wanted to avoid ever having a similar scandal in Mercer.

Gotham Greens Strike Again!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Green Party and its platform.  I have even voted for Greens locally and nationally.  I don’t even know Mr. Mayer and Mr. Afran.  They could be good people for all I know.

However, when Greens do silly things like this, it rather irks me.  Unless the law is behind you, which in this case, it is not:

The Seventeenth Amendment provides that vacancies in the Senate, however they arise, may be filled by special elections. A special election for a Senate seat need not be held immediately after the vacancy arises; instead, it is typically conducted at the same time as the next biennial congressional election. If a special election for one seat happens to coincide with a general election for the state’s other seat, then the two elections are not combined, but are instead contested separately. A senator elected in a special election serves until the original six-year term expires, and not for a full term of his or her own.

So perhaps the “Corruption Fighting Duo” could refrain from such blatently frivolous activity.  The Senate is governed by the U.S. Constitution, and unfortunately for them, it is rather clear on the issue of vacancies.

Actions like these only bruise the reputation of the Green Party.  A party that unfortunately cannot afford too many bruises upon its already sullied reputation.

Fight the good fight Greens, not the bad fight.  

NJ for Dem Poll: Codey gets the numbers, but Rush Holt gets the hearts and minds

There’s s a guy named Dave who went to a great deal of trouble to write his own name in under the OTHER option in NJ for Democracy’s on-line poll asking who Corzine should pick for the Senate. And a few people really really like Bruce Springsteen (duh).


Other than that, we’re comfy the poll is pretty clean: 872 responses, open for one week, designed to discourage interference by accepting only one vote per IP address. We don’t claim it was scientific, because it was on-line. Full results here: www.njfordemocracy.org.


Codey – who may be dropping out today – was the numbers winner but is it Rush Holt who really scored here?  

Dick Codey is OUT

UPDATE (2:50 PM): According to politicsnj.com, Codey has announced that he does not want to be considered for Corzine’s Senate seat. 101.5 news reports that Codey called Corzine earlier today to say he wasn’t interested in the job.

From the Inside Edge, via Patridiot Watch:

Acting Governor Richard Codey has called a 2PM news conference, presumably to say that he does not want to be considered for the United States Senate seat soon to be vacated by his successor, Jon Corzine. Several pundits say that this is probably a smart move for Codey — especially if he is not under serious consideration for the appointment anyway; his contact with the Governor-elect has been limited at best since the November 8th election. An announcement today allows Codey to say he’s not interested, rather than to have Corzine pick someone else first. Some Democratic sources close to Corzine say Rep. Bob Menendez remains the leading candidate.

Meanwhile, Congressman Pascrell thinks Menendez is the most likely choice:

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. says that he met with Gov.-elect Jon Corzine on Tuesday to discuss his potential candidacy for the U.S. Senate and will meet with DSCC Chairman Charles Schumer next week. But Pascrell says that he believes Corzine is leaning toward appointing Rep. Bob Menendez to his Senate seat.

Cory Booker asked to consider Senate seat?

Former Newark councilman and 2006 mayoral hopeful Cory Booker claims to have been asked to fill Jon Corzine’s Senate seat, but declined:

Booker said Tuesday that people close to Corzine had asked him to consider the interim appointment, but added that he had declined because he is focused on his second bid for mayor.

“My position is very firm,” Booker said. “I am not interested in the U.S. Senate seat.”

Corzine’s campaign manager denies it:

Booker said Corzine had not spoken to him about the position, and that no one had made a formal offer.

However, he said Corzine associates he would not identify had asked him to seriously consider the seat, although Tom Shea, who managed Corzine’s campaign, said anyone who claimed to be Corzine’s representative in the matter was “lying.”

“We did not send an intermediary to talk to Cory Booker,” Shea said.

NJ GOP secret to party unity revealed

From the NY Times:

“It’s much harder to be a Democrat than a Republican in New Jersey,” Tom Wilson, the chairman of the Republican State Committee, said in an interview. “There are so many cleaves and factions that have to be dealt with. I don’t have a North-South problem. I don’t have a racial problem. I don’t have a gender problem. All I have is some ideological tension.”

Yes – “cleaves and factions”. If he’s saying that not all Democrats are white, straight, wealthy males, then yes, the Democratic party has lots of “factions” to deal with.

Political parties are like familes. The Republican party looks, acts, and thinks alike. Disagreements are discouraged since they usually result in debates, and any exposition of ideas could expose their motives. They present a unified, happy face to the outside with the threat of punishing “disloyal” members. The family stays together by avoiding, or suppressing dissent that could lead to conflict. A reinforcing cycle is created which prevents diversity in any form from entering the party.

The Democratic party, on the other hand, is a conglomerate of races, ideas, backgrounds and beliefs. These differences often result in fist-fights and arguments breaking out among family members. But common purpose: a belief in the promise of liberty, justice and the expansion of opportunity for all people, holds the family together and allows for a healthy, though sometimes heated debate. While the family may appear bruised, the battle scars serve as a reminder that differences are welcome and embraced.

The New Jersey Democratic party still has a way to go in achieving diversity, especially in terms of women representation, but the fact that disagreements like these even exist is a welcome sign of progress.

Fifth Annual NJ Peace Train Saturday Dec 3rd

From South Mountain Peace Action:

South Mountain Peace Action will take part in the 5th annual New Jersey Peace Train against war in Iraq on Saturday, December 3, 2005. Riders will disembark the train at Newark Broad Street and take a shuttle to a rally at Peter Francisco Park one block from Penn Station Newark. After the rally there will be a march to City Hall.

SMPA invites people to meet outside of the Maplewood and South Orange train stations at 11:30 am before going to the platforms at 11:45 to board the Peace Train at 11:52 in Maplewood and 11:56 in South Orange.

Bring your own sign or get one of SMPA’s “Be About Peace” or “Thank You Congressman Murtha” signs to take to the rally and march. Supporters who can’t take the train are invited to come at 11:30 to help “send-off” the Peace Train riders. For further information including information about carpools, contact Paul Surovell at 973-763-9493 or paul@beaboutpeace.com