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Codey for Senate?

A recent Inside Edge column from PoliticsNJ sizes up the behind-the-scenes machinations going on in Democratic Party circles that could put Acting Governor Codey in the U.S. Senate. Much of it seems to be Edge trying to kick up controversy in the field, with vague talk of interference from Bob Torricelli, Corzine’s “national political ambitions,” and Corzine sending Codey to Washington as a way of “consolidating power in Trenton.” There are quite a few cross-currents of Democratic intrigue he brings up, but one that he does not.

Democrats in South Jersey have not been overly pleased with Codey’s performance as Governor. Earlier this year, Codey proposed a state budget that would suspend NJ Saver property tax rebates for everyone but the elderly and disabled. Assembly Leader Joe Roberts immediately rejected the proposal, saying “I will only consider scaling back the property-tax rebates when I’m convinced we’ve cut every aspect of state spending to the bone…. And I’m not convinced we’ve done that yet.”

And a likely secondary reason that Roberts opposed the plan is that he felt Codey was selling out South Jersey Assembly members facing reelection. While the seats up in Codey’s native North Jersey are relatively safe, the South Jersey seats are not as safe and could be threatened by the elimination of the popular rebates. One South Jersey Democratic operative said that “South Jersey will not go along” with a Codey appointment to the U.S. Senate. If Codey was to be Corzine’s pick and wanted the job permanently, there would almost certainly be a primary battle next year.

In general, Codey’s been known to openly defy South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross. Most recently, when Casino Reinvestment Development Authority head Curtis Bashaw stepped down last month, Norcross saw an opportunity to pressure Governor Corzine into naming an ally to the position. But Codey immediately named Thomas Carver to the post with a four-year contract. Norcross was locked out of the process.

Interestingly, the logic behind all of this inside baseball works in the favor of Rush Holt. While a Holt appointment would certainly grate on some of the Democrats who have been jockeying for the position, there’s less chance that it would flat-out offend anyone as well. As Jenny noted, a Holt appointment also sends a strong message to the state’s progressive activists that Corzine is listening and is serious about reform. I’m confident that’s something we wouldn’t mind seeing.

NJ The Superfund State – Part I

Cross Posted at Media In Trouble

I fell upon this story in the Bergen Record totally by accident.  While listening to an WNYC report yesterday about how GE had bamboozled the government into cleaning up the PBC’s they had dumped in the Hudson river, I remembered something about Forrester wanting to do the same “Superfunding” in Ringwood, NJ.  My first thought was to write just a quick snarky post on how Forrester’s stance was politcally expedient but incomplete and potentially wrong on all fronts.  

However, my initial research made me realize just how big this Ringwood issue really is.  As such, I think it deserves a more detailed approach to nailing our potential governor with this story.  I have been rather dismayed by the lack of environmental platforms put forth by both candidates for governor.  This is one of the most polluted states in the country, it deserves to have an environmental agenda at the top of any political platform.  

The Big Question

Holt could be good fit for Corzine

From politicsnj.com

Almost all of the would-be senators favor the aggressive approach to courtship.  Hence the always blistering, sometimes intellectually dishonest attacks on Doug Forrester that Robert Menendez, Rob Andrews, and Frank Pallone happily serve up at the snap of Corzine’s senatorial finger.

You can’t blame Corzine for playing along.  A good surrogate is a good surrogate, after all.  But what if he’s secretly turned off by their please-please-pretty-please neediness?  What if he actually prefers the shy, quiet type?

Then maybe Rush Dew Holt has a chance.

The article goes on to emphasize Holt’s relative independence from the NJ State Party machine and his smaller warchest.  He doesn’t trade favors with the good-old-boy network, which manages to run our party without much interference from voters and activists.

Corzine’s choice for senator will send a strong signal about his sincerity about reforming the party and “connecting” to citizens.  Right now I can live with his sleeping with the party bosses if he has to do that to get elected.  But not after the election.

Franken + Forrester = Fun

Al Franken will be at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick next Tuesday to provide live commentary of the radio debate between Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester. The audio of the debate will be broadcast over the sound system, and Franken will provide commentary and jokes. In an email sent out last night, Franken says that in the highly unlikely event that Forrester happens to lie and distort during the debate, he – “a board-certified debunker – will be ready to give him the mocking of a lifetime.” It should be a great time. Tickets will sell out soon, so get ’em while they last.

Tom Kean Featured in New Forrester Ads

Cross-posted from MyDD.com

Note: A lot of the background in here is meant for the MyDD community and is not really news to us Jerseyans, but I thought it was relevant for Blue Jersey as well.

New television spots running here in New Jersey feature former Governor Tom Kean pitching GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester. I’ve got to admit I was pretty disappointed to see Kean, someone I somewhat admire, stumping for such lame candidate like Forrester. But then it occurred to me that the reason I like Kean is that he’s always done his job well. He was a very competent and capable Governor. Sitting on the independent 9/11 Commission, Kean set partisan loyalty aside to get answers for the families of the victims. And that’s what he’s doing now for Forrester. Kean is a partisan Republican campaigning for another partisan Republican.

The ad features Kean touting Forrester’s credentials as a moderate reformer. One thing it does not feature is Forrester himself. Sure, he’s there in a few bits of background footage, but you never see him in a natural setting, nor do you hear him speak. This has been the case throughout the campaign. His campaign recognizes that Forrester, who reminds many of Richard Nixon, is perhaps his own worst spokesman. But forget the retail politics for a minute. What about the claims Kean makes about Forrester….

How Progressive is Jersey?

Hi.  I don’t live in Jersey.  I’m a software developer in Colorado who created SoapBlox, and a political junkie.  SoapBlox is currently trying to fulfill the ’50 state strategy’ by helping progressive bloggers focus more of their attention on local politics.  

The way I see it, time spent on national politics has the least Return on Investment for any sort of activist.  The constituencies are too huge (especially for Senators), and most of what DC does has a very negligible impact on most people’s day to day lives (well, accept pay day).  Sure, the feds can make huge sweeping decisions that affect us all, but most of the time, our daily lives are dictated more by the acts of our state and local governments.

So Jersey is a Blue State, right?  But how blue?  How progressive?  Does the NJ state house or senate have rabidly lefty/progressive leaders?  Is their at least a recognizable caucus at the state level whom “hard core” progressives could support?  Are their safe “blue” state house districts where we as Progressives could get behind more progressive candidates (and kick out ‘old guard’ Dems who don’t share our beliefs?), and try to fill the legislature (and the future bench for national politics) with leaders who are anything but Republican-lite?

That’s what I think these State blogs should try to do: fight for more progressive candidates throughout the entire state legislature, to try and pass progressive legislation that can serve as a template for other progressive policies in other states, then on a national level.

I’m going to be stopping by here all the time to see how a blog running on me software is doing, so I might as well get to know y’all, and your state a little better.

Weinberg-1, Zisa-0

If you havent heard by now, Lorretta Weinberg beat Ken Zisa in the State Senate race in the 37th legislative district. This win comes after a tomultious battle against the Bergen County democratic party leadership. Weinberg lost the party convention vote, but five sealed ballots were opened, giving her the win by one vote (116-112), and therefore a win in the contest for the Democratic nomination in November.

Wishful Thinking RedState.Org

XP at Media in Trouble

Question: What would you think if you saw a poll today about an election 1 year ago from now?

Answer: Probably not as much as the folks over at RedState.org.  I present to you yet another version of Republican wishful thinking, accompanied by despair, perhaps remembering the hope they must have held around this time last year when it was feared that Jersey would fall to Bush:

South Jersey Assembly Campaigns

First, credit where credit is due.  Definitely want to commend you guys for taking the Daily Kos template and making a local political blog dedicated to New Jersey politics.

I hope the site fosters discussion, and increases grassroots political activism throughout New Jersey!

I wanted to post quick links to some key Assembly races in South Jersey this year.  As you all know, the State Assembly is up for re-election, and with escalating property taxes and ethics problems in Trenton, Democrats face tough re-election campaigns this year.