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Linda Stender to challenge Ferguson (NJ-7)

The Star Ledger reports that Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) from the 22nd legislative district will challenge Matt Linfante and Joe Tricarico for the Democratic nomination to run against Rep. Mike Ferguson (R) in the 7th district.

The mayor of Fanwood from 1992 to 1995 and a Union County freeholder from 1994 to 2000, Stender has served in the Assembly since 2002. She faces a primary battle with Democrat Joe Tricarico, the former mayor of Hillsborough, who has already announced he’ll run.

Blue 7th PAC and Dump Mike have been working to unseat Ferguson, so go check them out.

Lt Hester draws international attention

Across the pond, the UK Gay News is covering Lt Laurel Hester’s situation:

How this situation – and the thousands of others that go unnoticed – can arise in the United States puzzles us at UK Gay News. America proclaims itself as the leader of the world. But when it comes for basic rights of same-sex couples living in a long-term relationship, the country is probably in the bottom quartile.

The old chestnut about family values and sanctity of marriage just does not wash. America has one of the highest divorce rates in the world and is where a pop star can get married for the weekend.

The word “humbug” comes to mind. And is this instance it applies to the Freeholders of Ocean County

Meanwhile, an editorial in today’s Ocean County Observer slams the OC freeholder’s hypocricy:

Never mind that the freeholders have demonstrated stupendous greed through their own history of feeding at the public through, often in jobs that helped boost their own pensions.

A Note from The Broccoli

Recently, Warren County has been thrust into something of a national spotlight by two people: Rebecca Beach and Professor John Daly. Professor Daly can now be referred to as “late of the faculty of Warren County Community College”. For more on this situation, click the link:

Well, there is more to this story, although I am afraid I have no deep skinny to reveal. Just some points to consider, after the jump.

Codey snags 6th place

As reported in the Home News Tribune, Acting Governor Codey fared pretty well on election day:

According to unofficial election results compiled in a Gannett New Jersey survey involving all 21 county clerks’ offices, Codey received at least 9,668 write-in votes for governor in the Nov. 8 election.

That amounts to about one out of every 200 voters writing in Codey’s name, or 0.5 percent of the vote. That was good enough for a sixth-place finish, ahead of five of the eight third-party and independent candidates whose names were on the ballot.

So, while Codey was aggressively discouraging people from writing him in, he still beat 5 people actively campaigning for governor. What does that say about the viability of 3rd party candidates in NJ?

More on Lt. Hester

The five homophobic Ocean County freeholders (Gerry P. Little, John P. Kelly, James F. Lacey, Joseph H. Vicari, John C. Bartlett Jr.) denying Lt. Laurel Hester her pension benefits because she is a lesbian.

It’s a slow news day, but Lt. Laurel Hester’s simple request to pass on her pension benefits to her partner continues. In an editorial by Richard Schiff, Editor In Chief of the Greenwich Village Gazette, he writes on the next meeting of the Ocean County freeholders. Schiff notes that on December 7th, supporters of Lt. Hester will be out in force to hold their feet to the fire:

On December 7th a very vocal and determined force backed with Lawyers will attend the next meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. These dedicated people are not prepared to take no for an answer.

I urge all citizens of conscience to be there to lend support and show the Freeholders that we value Lieutenant Hester’s 24 years of service to the community enough to treat her as equal in all ways with every other officer.

Let her die in the arms of someone who loves her. Who that is is none of anyone’s business. Choosing to turn Lt. Hester down and rejecting her basic rights should not be a decision the Freeholders get to make without a great uproar of injustice from the citizens.

From a few days ago – the Ocean County Reporter has video of the rally in support of Hester, where 200 supporters were joined by Congressman Frank Pallone.

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.