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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.

Princeton Drinking Liberally gets some press

The Daily Princetonian wrote up a nice piece on Princeton’s new Drinking Liberally chapter, of which I’m one of the co-hosts (princeton.drinkingliberally.org).

Students and community members gathered in the basement of The Annex restaurant last Thursday for the third meeting of Drinking Liberally, one the newest political associations for both students and community members. Beer, wine and soda sustained attendees as they discussed politics, organized a protest of Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the University and chatted about personal experiences.

 Drinking Liberally is a chapter of a national organization that brings liberal thinkers together in local bars and restaurants. It began in New York two years ago, and has now expanded to more than 100 chapters nationwide.

 Princeton’s chapter — started by Josh Weitz GS, College Democrats president Frances Schendle ’06 and Juan Melli GS — was founded to follow up on the success of the Frist Filibuster last spring, which protested the “nuclear option” proposed to eliminate the Senate filibuster.

Corzine lead widens

Political Wire reports that a poll conducted by Penn, Schoen, Berland – a Democratic polling firm, shows Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) leading Doug Forrester (R) 46% to 33%. Some recent polls showed the gap closing to between 4 – 10 points, so because of the partisan nature of the source, take this with a grain of salt.

Forbes: “strongly” supports Forrester; “tax plan won’t work”

Last night, Former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes said he “strongly” supports Doug Forrester despite disagreeing with his positions on abortion and gay rights.

“Well, unfortunately, you have to realize that even if he is [pro-choice and pro-gay marriage], he is to right of most of New Jersey. But it’s like a menu and you gotta go with the best pick,” Forbes told PoliticsNH.com

And during the gubernatorial primary, Forbes came to the obvious conclusion that “Forrester’s property tax plan will not work”. (mailer from Schundler campaign on left)

So Let’s summarize: Forbes disagrees with Forrester’s social AND fiscal policies, yet “strongly” supports him because Doug is to the “right of most of New Jersey”. In one shot, Forbes managed to throw his integrity out the window, and at the same time unmasked the facade of a moderate that Forrester has tried to fool New Jerseyans into buying.

Home Rule in New Jersey Raises the Cost of Government

The following was published in Blanton’s and Ashton’s on July 29, 2005.  I am reprising that piece as this, my first contribution to bluejersey.net.

The Courier News reported recently on tax assessor Edwin Kerwin and his wife Marcia. Edwin is the tax assessor for eight towns. Marcia has four towns. Edwin’s annual salary for his eight towns is “$238,076, which places him third in earnings in New Jersey for government employees with multiple jobs.” His wife earns $158,212 for her four government jobs. Together they earn around $400,000 a year, plus all the benefits (including pensions) that go with the jobs.

Frederick Millman is the tax assessor for Brick Township at an annual salary of $111,998. He’s also the Tuckerton tax assessor for $32,360 and the Eagleswood tax assessor for $38,600 a year.

I’ve been thinking the same thing some of you undoubtedly are: how do I swing a deal like that?