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Forrester is not interested in debate

Like his national Republican counterparts who demand loyalty oaths to attend rallies, hand-pick audiences and questions, and fence off protesters far away in “free speech zones“, Doug Forrester’s campaign is only interested in giving the illusion of embracing open debate and dialog.

On his new “blog“, Doug complains about the lack of debate:

In a democracy, public debates are a traditional forum for such introductions. Unfortunately, since Senator Corzine continues to avoid debates, I am implementing ways that you can continue to get to know me better. I want you to have a chance to ask the questions you had looked forward to having addressed in the debates.

Feel free to submit comments and questions via the link below each entry, or email

But if you try to submit a comment, you get the message “Your message has been sent. Thank You.”

The comment is not posted – it’s just passed along to the campaign for careful screening where they will decide what does or does not become a part of the so-called debate. What is Forrester afraid of?

We invite Doug to join us here – for a real debate. There will be no censoring or screening of questions and comments, and you won’t find any hand-picked audiences here. Anyone can join and everyone has a chance to follow the debate. So what do you say, Doug?

Kornacki on the Rally

Journalistic laziness is one of my biggest pet peeves. And as much as I love online journalism, I have to admit that the internet has made that laziness even worse. The ‘mainstream’ political sites aren’t really that different from the political blogs, so writers are able to just cook up a quick response and fire it off without much actual work or even thought. The only difference is that their quick responses are accorded much more weight by the rest of the media than ours.

Over at PoliticsNJ, Steve Kornacki’s piece on Thursday’s Corzine rally illustrates the problem. Completely ignoring reality, he writes that “Corzine did little more than thank Democratic state Chairwoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assembly Speaker Albio Sires and remind the audience that the deadline to register to vote was nearing before turning the show over to Clinton, whom he called ‘my hero.’ ” Was he in the same room I was?

One of the most rousing moments of the speech — if not the whole rally — came when Senator Corzine rallied his supporters with an optimistic vision that “we can make sure we can have the kind of New Jersey that sends the message to America that we’re looking out for the middle class, we’re looking out for our seniors and our children, that we believe in the American promise.” There was certainly a lot of praise for Clinton. But anyone who was at the rally can tell you that Corzine’s speech was much more than just thanking Bonnie Watson Coleman and Albio Sires. And when Clinton spoke, rather than “outshining” Corzine, it was all about putting the spotlight on the Senator and his record of getting things done for the people of New Jersey.

Kornacki’s coverage of the rally was anything but a story about the actual rally. It was his preconceived notions about what the rally would be and what the rally meant. I don’t have any problem with political writers interpreting events. But they have a duty to be faithful to the actual events. Some writers have a bad habit of writing the bulk of an article based on what they think is going to happen and then finish up by plugging in a few facts or quotes. I’m guessing that’s what happened here.

Donning the Blue Jersey

It’s a great honor and pleasure to be a front-pager here at BlueJersey. Having been a front-page blogger at for over a year, I know that such a job is time-consuming, yet immensely rewarding. I’m pleased to see so many New Jersey bloggers getting involved on this site, and I look forward to working with each and every one of them.

What part do I play in this? I intend to cover our 2006 US Senate race and all 13 Congressional races as well (as most likely a “domino effect” will leave some of those seats open), analyzing and keeping track of what’s going on. In addition, I’ll keep you (the reader) updated on the national situation, and how it affects New Jersey. Finally, I’ll be talking about the local scene: county politics from a teenager who’s had more than his fair share of experiences with machines and reformers alike.

With that said, I look forward to “donning the Blue Jersey” and posting here as frequently as I can. – Stephen “Mr. Liberal” Yellin

Police chief can’t get police endorsements

Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton) are the two incumbents in NJ’s 14th legislative district Assembly race. Baroni’s running mate, Michael Paquette, was police Chief in South Brunswick for 11 years, where he served a total of 27 years. Although it probably should have been his best chance at an endorsement, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) refused to endorse him this week. Paquette was also unable to get the endorsement of the Fraternal Order or Police. Both groups endorsed the incumbents.

“This has to be embarrassing to the former chief since a key part of his campaign plank is that he brings law enforcement and homeland security experience to state government, yet these groups didn’t endorse him,” said Rider University political scientist David Rebovich.

Nick Acocella, who publishes the weekly Politifax newsletter, agreed. “What a slap in the face for him,” he said. “For a police officer not to get a police endorsement says something.”


Greenstein’s runningmate, Hamilton councilman Dan Benson, recently received the endorsement of Democracy for America and joined the DFA-List.

Clinton Rallies NJ For Corzine

(Cross-posted from

Yesterday afternoon, I had the great good fortune of attending the Corzine for Governor rally with President Bill Clinton at Kean University in Union. It was, in a word, awesome.

Kean’s Harwood Arena was packed to capacity. I’ve seen reported in the press that there were over 3,000 Corzine supporters in attendance. I’m a terrible judge of crowds, but that sounds about right. There was a huge line — literally around the block — to get into the arena. We were already packed in pretty tight, but still the event organizers asked us repeatedly to try to squeeze together as much as possible to make room for the huge number of people still waiting to get in. I know what you’re thinking — of course there were tons of people; Clinton was speaking. On line, people did mention that they were excited to see Clinton. But most of the talk was actually about Corzine and how pumped up everyone is for November.

Rep. Rush Holt calls for Iraq withdrawal starting Oct 16

In an open letter to Condoleeza Rice in the Trenton Times today, to coincide with her visit to Princeton (link not available, so I’m reproducing it all), NJ Congressman (and rocket scientist) Rush Holt called for a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to begin on October 16, 2005 – the day after the national referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution.

His letter below the fold…

DeLay’s Indictment Hits Home

Tom DeLay’s indictment earlier this week, has a bigger impact on New Jersey then anyone could imagine. More specifically, NJ’s 7th Congressional District, currently occupied by Mike Ferguson. Ferguson just happens to be the biggest recipient of contributons from DeLay totaling $54,403. And oh wow, DeLay has been funding Ferguson’s campaigns since he ran against Frank Pallone in NJ-6 and won against Maryanne Connelly in NJ-7. A TEXAN IS BUYING NJ ELECTIONS. Somthing has to be done about this. It doesnt make sense to me how someone not even from our state can buy this much influence and effect our elections. But hopefully, 2006 will be a rude awakining to Ferguson and we will take back the district with Joe Tricarico in the forefront.

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Hearts and Spines

Why Baton Rouge is Still Bush Country

“It doesn’t help any that the Democrats haven’t been able to speak plainly in decades. Because if under George W. Bush the Republican Party has become heartless, the Democratic Party has become spineless. “

Jennifer Moses profiles some well-meaning (if misguided) Bush supporters among her neighbors in Baton Rouge. I suspect there are many more like them, including in the red areas of NJ.

Bottom line is that many voters will support a clear-spoken (truthful or not) heartless Republican even if they don’t agree with him “because at least I know where he stands” … over a spineless Dem that they can’t pin down.