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Green New Deal is PRIORITY.
Where does our new House delegation stand?
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“We Know Why We Were Elected"
The Blue Jersey interview with Bonnie Watson Coleman
Murphy & Sweeney
The civil war inside the NJ Dem Party
Sweeney & his allies engaging in petty battles with Gov. Murphy. Useless and in the way of progress.
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Exit MacArthur, Lance, Frelinghuysen & LoBiondo
Good riddance. Let this be a turning point.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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The night Hillary Clinton lost
For my Hillary sisters. From your Bernie sister.
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The Plame game

Friday’s indictment of Scooter Libby, Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff, for obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements is indicative of this Administration’s larger plan to forward its agenda at any cost, and it was the American people that paid – until now.  It is plain now that from the start the Bush Administration was committed to making its case for the Iraq War, and it would not let the facts get in the way.  Where the evidence differed from their script, they ignored it, buried it, and destroyed the credibility of those who brought it forth, and evidence suggests they did so illegally.  

We must remember that any disclosure of covert identities has damaging effects on our country’s human intelligence collection capabilities.  We ask many men and women to take risks around the world to collect information in order to prevent war and protect the safety and effectiveness of our soldiers.  When a leak like this happens, there is a ripple of damage.  Not only is the original covert operative compromised, but so are all the people who had contact with her overseas.  The people with whom Valerie Plame dealt with overseas – other covert agents and informants, for example – have almost certainly been compromised.  

To provide the oversight we are obligated to do, Congress must examine how this leak occurred, assess the damage to current and future intelligence collection, and review options for preventing similar episodes in the future.  Our intelligence professionals need to know that Congress will help them preserve their cover, which is the only real protection they have in their often dangerous job collecting information to protect America.

My central point is: whatever happens in the courts, Congress owes it to our intelligence operatives to exert oversight in this matter.

I will be appearing on CBS’s 60 Minutes, tonight at 7:00 p.m. discussing the Plame leak and its consequences. I hope you’ll tune in, and I welcome your comments.

Please enlighten us

Enlighten NJ continues the smearmongering by posting anonymous emails. His latest post on Thursday threatened to produce some damaging information on Jon Corzine within 2 days:

The next 48 hours could dramatically change the direction of this race.

It’s been nearly 3 days now. Do you need an extension or do you plan to enlighten us at some point? We need all the facts in order to make an educated decision. Please don’t keep us in the dark.

PR Budgets and State Slogans

One of Corzine’s proposed budget cuts in his economic plan is agency PR budgets.  That’s what many corporations do when times are tight – cut PR budgets.

While Corzine announced his plan a few months ago, my memory was just jogged by something NJ Conservative points out – New Jersey just paid a New York company $260,000 to come up with a slogan that apparently no one likes.  That’s money that could have been used for many other purposes.

The 12th District & A Vote For Codey

As much as I like Rush, his statement, “If I can win the 12th (District), I can win statewide,” is not entirely true.  When he defeated Mike Pappas to win the seat and Dick Zimmer to retain it, both times in extremely close races, he did so in the old 12th District before the pre-2002 redistricting that saw his district and Mike Ferguson’s 7th District go from tossups to lockups.

Laptops for Every Student

As if you needed another reason to vote for 2nd District Assembly candidates Whelan and Tyner, they just committed themselves to an amazing proposal!

Whelan and Tyner want to make laptops available to every student in Atlantic County! This is such a great idea, I don’t even know where to begin. If every student had access to a computer, it would dramatically improve their schoolwork, by allowing them Internet access for research and homework help. Also, in this day and age, computer skills are a vital tool in the work force. By exposing students to computers at a young age, it will enable them to become more familiar with the technology and hopefully help them later in life.

(More on this proposal at: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/atlantic/story/5654713p-5672598c.html )

It takes vision to be a leader

Doug Forrester looks like a fish out of water. He’s been flipping and flailing on his position on stem cell research, trying to appease the left and right simultaneously. Scott at mydd covers all the details, but his latest position (as of Oct 29, 11:00 AM) seems to be that he supports embryonic stem cell research, but not public funding for it. From his spokeswoman:

“he doesn’t believe the state should be borrowing money for this.”

But stem cell research is the type of work that requires a significant investment in order to be successful. By failing to publicly fund it, he’s essentially standing in the way of progress.

Contrast Forrester’s position to the vision and hope of JFK:

To be sure, we are behind, and will be behind for some time in manned flight. But we do not intend to stay behind, and in this decade, we shall make up and move ahead.
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[A]ll this costs us all a good deal of money…Space expenditures will soon rise some more, from 40 cents per person per week to more than 50 cents a week for every man, woman and child in the United Stated, for we have given this program a high national priority–even though I realize that this is in some measure an act of faith and vision, for we do not now know what benefits await us.

But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun–almost as hot as it is here today–and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out–then we must be bold.
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However, I think we’re going to do it, and I think that we must pay what needs to be paid

Oops!

I have nothing to add to this post from Wally Edge. But it is pretty hilarious:

It’s a poorly kept secret in Warren County politics that the Vice Chairwoman of the Republican county organization, Gloria Decker, and GOP Surrogate Susan Dickey have a rather intense dislike for each other. That may be the reason Decker decided to make a $100 cash contribution to Dickey’s Democratic opponent, Jim Swick. What Decker didn’t know is that new ELEC regulations require that all cash contributions — regardless of the amount — be reported. Sources say that Decker called the Democratic County Chairman Friday evening in an unsuccessful attempt to convince him not to report her donation. Too late — the 11-day report has already been filed.

Poll roundup

Earlier this month, a Marist poll had Corzine leading Forrester by just 2 points among likely voters (w/leaners): 47-45. Many observers pounced on this as proof that the race was tightening. Subsequent polls proved that it was just an outlier, and now a Marist poll released today showing Corzine up 51-41 confirms this claim. It’s also significant that Corzine is starting to break the 50% barrier more frequently.

Also today, a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll has Corzine leading by 47-38. There is a summary of all recent polls in the left hand column.