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Marge Caldwell-Wilson: Why would a former labor leader begrudge Trentonians sick time benefits?

On Election Day, one of the bright spots was the passage on the ballot in Montclair and Trenton of earned sick time – in Trenton by a whopping 85%. But right after the vote, what did North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson say?

“The problem with isolating Trenton, other bordering towns are not held to that mandate. My concern is that small employers may take their business to another town where they don’t have to give sick days.”

A few things to know about Marge Caldwell-Wilson. She was for a long time a public worker; a member and then president of CWA Local 1087. And she benefited from generous sick leave policies won by her union. Now she’s begrudging her own constituents more modest benefits.

Here’s how CWA State Director Hetty Rosenstein endorsed her – just 7 months ago.  

Prediction Thread!

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Time for the predictions.  Here’s mine.

Christie: 59%

Buono: 38%

Favorite Race: District 16 Assembly

Democrat: Marie Corfield, 50%

Republican: Donna Simon, 49%

Minimum Wage

Pro: 66%

Con: 34%

Largest margins of victory in New Jersey gubernatorial elections

Before the media swoon at Christie’s victory tomorrow, a little perspective.

New Jersey gubernatorial elections the last 50 years have tended to be either very close, 1961, 1981, 1993, 1997, and 2009 (to a lesser extent), or double digits, 1965, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2005 (to a lesser extent).  So blow outs are not unusual.

The largest margins in percent were:

1985  40.26  Kean over Shapiro

1973  34.27  Byrne over Sandman

1989  24.02  Florio over Courter

1969  21.17  Cahill over Meyner

Think tomorrow will fall between 1969 and 1989.

Christie’s True Colors

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Today at the Rutgers game, where press coverage says Governor Christie was crowded by cheering supporters, a teacher dared to ask him why he characterizes our public schools as failing.

His body language and pointing finger tell us all we really need to know about his response.  According to the teacher, his words were harsh, irate and incredibly disrepectful.

Chris Christie with his finger in the face of another teacher

This is the leader polls indicate that a majority of New Jerseyans think deserve another term.  During the campaign he has tried hard to hide behind a jovial and compassionate mask, but today he could not contain himself. A public school teacher challenged him and he could not contain his vile disrespect and disdain for his constituents.  Again.  

It is inexcusable.  (And yet his wife seems entertained?)

Who among us thinks this is the example our state leader should set for our children?  Who believes that this is how a Governor should treat constituents?  Are people really willing to overlook that this man berates those that dare to challenge him – time and time again?  This is no leader.  This is a man leading from the bully pulpit and he must be removed from office – immediately.

Christie’s True Colors

Today at the Rutgers game, where press coverage says Governor Christie was crowded by cheering supporters, a teacher dared to ask him why he characterizes our public schools as failing.

His body language and pointing finger tell us all we really need to know about his response.  According to the teacher, his words were harsh, irate and incredibly disrepectful.

Chris Christie with his finger in the face of another teacher

This is the leader polls indicate that a majority of New Jerseysians think deserve another term.  During the campaign he has tried hard to hide behind a jovial and compassionate mask, but today he could not contain himself. A public school teacher challenged him and he could not contain his vile disrespect and disdain for his constituents.  Again.  

It is inexcusable.  (And yet his wife seems entertained?)

Who among us thinks this is the example our state leader should set for our children?  Who believes that this is how a Governor should treat constituents?  Are people really willing to overlook that this man berates those that dare to challenge him – time and time again?  This is no leader.  This is a man leading from the bully pulpit and he must be removed from office – immediately.

Shock and Awe

Here is everything I believe needs to be known about Governor Christie and why it is so essential he loses in November.

In his own words, from the speech he gave in Boston today as reported in the Star Ledger:

“We have an opportunity as a political party to drive a wedge in the union movement, and the laboratory where that’s happening right now is in my state,” he said, according to Politico.

Christie does not have the goal of helping the working class but of driving a wedge into the unions that help to protect our working class.

I am perhaps both grateful and disgusted by his honesty.

What do you think?