NJ climate crisis activists lobby Congress
Ananya Singh is 16.
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Soak the Rich graphic in yellow
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Babs Siperstein at 2016 Democratic Convention
Honoring the late Equality Rights Heroine BABS SIPERSTEIN
Gov. Murphy’s eulogy
The Political Power of Women’s Anger
WATCH. Before pink pussy hats, Hillary, the Midterms.
History of ignoring women’s anger to keep organizing down. Boom, like that. WATCH.
Covington Catholic HS boy
That white boy smugness.
Do you know it as well as Jim Keady does?
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Green New Deal is PRIORITY.
Where does our new House delegation stand?

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Joe Tricarico Endorses Linda Stender for Congress

Cross posted from Dump Mike.

I received this statement from the Tricarico for Congress Campaign:

Last summer, I began my campaign for the 7th Congressional District seat held by Congressman Mike Ferguson. His radical opposition to a woman’s right to choose and ready support for the Bush administration’s failed Iraq policy were simply too much to take. Put simply, Rep. Ferguson has demonstrated he is too far out of the mainstream to represent the 7th district and I am determined to see him defeated in 2006.

To accomplish this task will require a unified effort by the Democratic Party. As such, I have decided to end my campaign and heartily endorse Assemblywoman Linda Stender for Congress. Over a two decade career as a Councilwoman, Mayor, Freeholder, and Assemblywoman she has proven she shares the values and ideals of the citizens of the 7th Congressional District. I will work hard over the next 11 months to insure a Democratic victory in the 7th.

Joe Tricarico has run a good, honest and energetic campaign.  His choice to put winning for the Democratic Party and defeating Mike Ferguson over his own ambition should be recognized and valued.  I am confident he will be a large part of a victory in the 7th District this fall.

Tax cigarettes, not clothes

Crossposted at Mulligan Stew.

I was glad to hear that Corzine’s budget advisors advised against a clothing sales tax in New Jersey, according to the Star-Ledger. The lack of sales tax IMHO is one of the things that helps keep New Jersey viable for consumers and businesses, especially out-of-state consumers. I come from the perspective of someone who grew up in Westchester County and used to go shopping in Paramus several times per year because of the lack of sales tax. Not only do out-of-state shoppers buy clothing, they eat in restaurants, buy gas in New Jersey, and pay tolls on the Parkway and Turnpike.

“We ain’t one-at-a-timin’ heah! Weah MASS communicatin’!”

An interview with Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey will be available as a podcast at Bluejersey.net on Monday, January 30. Subscribe to the podcast now and listen to a fascinating discussion that goes to the heart of issues of the day.

Congressman Rush Holt on the war in Iraq and Homeland Security:
“I have found no one who actually feels safer, and can demonstrate that she or he is safer, because of our war in Iraq.”

On warrantless domestic surveillance:
“I see no justification for the program that the White House has described. I see no reason to have an ongoing spying mechanism against Americans…now you have some functionary in the NSA, or worse, some political appointee in the White House, deciding whose phone is going to be tapped, whose email is going to be bugged, whose life is going to be invaded.”

On presidential overreach and whether Congress should have limited White House power when authorizing the Iraq fiasco:
“The majority leadership certainly dropped the ball on this.”

On the question of “Where are the Democrats?”:
“I think there are many Democrats who are standing up and fighting…Jim McDermott, Louise Slaughter, there are a number of us who are standing up, who are speaking out. But remember, we are in the minority.”

Congressman Holt is refreshingly honest, something his constituents have learned to expect from the transplanted West Virginian and former assistant director of the Plasma Research Laboratory at Princeton University. He doesn’t speak in sound-bites, but tells the whole story with exceptional clarity.

Menendez to support filibuster

We hear that Senator Bob Menendez will be supporting an effort to filibuster Alito. Call his office to let him know we’re behind him, and call Lautenberg’s office to encourage him to join the filibuster.

Sen. Bob Menendez: (202) 224-4744
Sen. Frank Lautenberg: (202) 224-3224

NJ Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Meets

The progressive caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee met today in Piscataway to discuss issues, events and strategies for effecting progressive change in New Jersey, the nation, and the world.

Over 40 leaders from progressive groups around the state, including NJ for Democracy, Progressive Democrats of New Jersey, Garden State Equality, and other progressive individuals were joined by the Democratic State Committee’s Richard McGrath, who addressed the caucus on the their shared vision for the state party.

The caucus then set about forming working groups to create a progressive platform on a series of issues of importance to NJ’s progressive community.

Not a Joke, But a Threat

Ann Coulter has gone too far.

“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee,” Coulter said. “That’s just a joke, for you in the media.”

It isn’t a joke.  It’s a threat against a Supreme Court Justice that, because he doesn’t toe her ideological line, she can openly call for his assassination. 

Ron Rice, Jr. gets national DFA endorsement

Next Wednesday night, when Ron Rice, Jr. walks into Essex County DFA’s Candidates Forum, he’ll be walking in the door as a nationally-endorsed DFA candidate.

In an announcement entitled “Six Rising Stars,” and sent across the country this morning, national Democracy for America Chairman Jim Dean, wrote this about Rice, a candidate for Newark City Council in the West Ward:

In 2002 he ran for councilman-at-large and received more votes than any previous first-time candidate in the history of Newark. His campaign is about changing the culture of city politics, empowering residents through education, and community control of all city development.

More after the jump…

Budget Woes: Wait and See

The Quinnipiac poll numbers from yesterday show that we’re worried about the budget: 54% see very serious problems in our budget, 38% see somewhat serious ones. In general, we’d rather see services cut than our taxes raised, 57% to 28%. And we absolutely don’t want a gas tax, even if it’s to fix up the roads: 69% oppose that (increased 12 points from the same time last year.)

So, what are we gonna do about it?

Fair and Balanced

We here at Blue Jersey like to call’em as we see’em.

As such we have high and strict standards of excellent bloggership. Most of the front pagers here are open about their partisanship and/or their progressive politics. This should be obvious to all readers.

Unfortunately, that is not the case with news outlets. The average reader/viewer/listener cannot always distinguish between an opinion thinly veiled with the look and feel of “journalism”.

Marie DeNoia’s body of work is vast and for the most part good.

Why she would risk her good name by donating $300 to a political party is beyond me.

NJN and the local newspapers are about the only components of the ever shrinking “Mainstream Media” machine we have in this state. It does not help the ethical journalists per news outlet ratio when a reporter/anchor participates in such partisan activity.

Then again, maybe she’s jockeying for a position in the National Mainstream Media.

UPDATE: Marie did not donate money to this fundraiser. Correction as posted here.