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Tomorrow is #CorfieldMoneyBomb Day here at Blue Jersey

Tomorrow, on Twitter and Facebook, look for hashtag #CorfieldMoneyBomb. Gonna be fun. Promoted by Rosi

In every effective campaign there’s a moment – you can feel it – when all the pieces click together. Buzz. Energy ramps up, volunteers offer their time (thank you). Cool stuff starts happening every day. That’s what it’s been like here at my campaign. I’m so grateful and excited. So let’s take it up a notch:

Our Money Bomb – Thursday, July 25 we’re going to show our grassroots strength with our first Money Bomb – a grassroots fundraising effort compacted into one fun 24-hour day that engages all kinds of people giving at all levels. Money is fuel for a campaign, just like volunteers, ideas and hard work are. On Money Bomb Thursday, you can participate from wherever you are – pool, beach, work or home – with nothing more than a smartphone or computer. You’ll be joining supporters and some surprise guests, and we’ll be all over social media as we watch the numbers climb. And it’s going to be fun. Even if you can’t contribute a lot, every little bit helps when we all work together.

RSVP now to participate & pledge your support for Money Bomb Thursday July 25

I’m fighting for a seat in the New Jersey Assembly against a Tea Party-endorsed GOP incumbent, in a state where Republican legislators do pretty much whatever the Governor tells them to do. That’s good for Chris Christie, but not so good for the people in the 16th District, or the people of New Jersey. I’m working hard, and the grassroots power of ordinary people behind this race is amazing. Thank you. And thank you, Blue Jersey!

RSVP now to participate & pledge your support for Money Bomb Thursday July 25

Tomorrow is #CorfieldMoneyBomb Day at here at Blue Jersey

In every effective campaign there’s a moment – you can feel it – when all the pieces click together. Buzz. Energy ramps up, volunteers offer their time (thank you). Cool stuff starts happening every day. That’s what it’s been like here at my campaign. I’m so grateful and excited. So let’s take it up a notch:

Our Money Bomb – Thursday, July 25 we’re going to show our grassroots strength with our first Money Bomb – a grassroots fundraising effort compacted into one fun 24-hour day that engages all kinds of people giving at all levels. Money is fuel for a campaign, just like volunteers, ideas and hard work are. On Money Bomb Thursday, you can participate from wherever you are – pool, beach, work or home – with nothing more than a smartphone or computer. You’ll be joining supporters and some surprise guests, and we’ll be all over social media as we watch the numbers climb. And it’s going to be fun. Even if you can’t contribute a lot, every little bit helps when we all work together.

RSVP now to participate & pledge your support for Money Bomb Thursday July 25

I’m fighting for a seat in the New Jersey Assembly against a Tea Party-endorsed GOP incumbent, in a state where Republican legislators do pretty much whatever the Governor tells them to do. That’s good for Chris Christie, but not so good for the people in the 16th District, or the people of New Jersey. I’m working hard, and the grassroots power of ordinary people behind this race is amazing. Thank you. And thank you, Blue Jersey!

RSVP now to participate & pledge your support for Money Bomb Thursday July 25

July 25: The #CorfieldMoneyBomb is Coming

CorfieldparentsToday, we kick off a 10-day Countdown to July 25th, the day we join progressives in New Jersey and across the nation to raise money for Marie Corfield’s campaign for the New Jersey Assembly. July 25th is Money Bomb Day.

Remember when Hurricane Sandy hit just before Election Day? Marie was running against the Tea Party-endorsed Republican who’d been appointed to the seat. The election was so close it took nearly a month before the results were in. How close?

1%. – That’s all the ground we have to make up in this newly-drawn district where Democrats outnumber Republicans.

We’ve heard from all corners of NJ that Marie’s campaign is a statewide progressive priority. Everyone here at Blue Jersey knows about Marie Corfield. Rock solid progressive. A fighter. A leader.

Campaigns cost money. If Marie’s going to unseat a Tea Party Republican, she needs our support. July 25 Money Bomb.

So – What’s a Money Bomb?: A grassroots fundraising effort concentrated in a short time period. We’re going to use it to support Marie by dramatically ramping up, concentrating & publicizing her fundraising.

This is local – and national: Last year, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee called Marie’s race the #1 Grassroots-Powered Race in the U.S. (Huffington Post covered it)

What you can do right now: Click “I’m Attending” on Marie’s Money Bomb page. Then come back July 25th and donate!  

Every contribution counts – $5, $10, or $25  donations add up. If the progressive community shows our real strength – by making Marie the next Assemblywoman from the 16th District – maybe Democrats in Trenton will think twice before they betray fundamental policies the Democratic Party stands for.  

Start spreading the word:

On Facebook: Share the Money Bomb event (click Share after you RSVP you’re attending). Then zoom over to Marie’s campaign page on facebook and hit “Like”.

On Twitter: Tweet your support for Marie! Use hash tag #CorfieldMoneyBomb.

Until we step up and start electing better Democrats, we’ll never get the representation we’ve been longing for. We’ll never get the type of leadership a blue state like NJ deserves. We are going all-in for Marie’s campaign. And we need you. Money Bomb July 25!

Rush Holt: Rocket Scientist & Mechanic & Jeopardy Winner & Jeopardy Host

I collect winning anecdotes about my old boss, Representative (he prefers it to Congressman) Rush Holt, this is a new favorite. Can’t help it. He’s a cool dude. Here’s a new one, from my friend, Deputy COS/District Director Sarah Steward:

You’d know that you work for a good guy if he was out of the car before you knew it, kneeling in a puddle, changing your flat tire on the side of the road in Trenton without making you feel dumb even though your own foolish driving mistake was to blame for the popped tire. If, you know, such a theoretical thing ever happened. In unrelated news: I work for a good guy.

So right. Last night, Rush was a hands-on trainer at Princeton meeting – hosted by ACLU-NJ, Garden State Equality & the Unitarians- teaching how to lobby legislators to vote to override Christie’s veto on marriage. You don’t often find people in Holt’s position giving out the secrets of what makes people like him, or legislators, tick. Very useful.

Jeopardy: We don’t usually note fundraisers here, but one I want to is Rush Holt’s Jeopardy fundraiser Thursday night. Holt, 5-time Jeopardy winner and the man who reduced the mighty IBM supercomputer Watson to a helpless little Atari in Jeopardy, will play Alex Trebek to a bunch of smartypantses.

Contestants:

Tom Byrne (former Dem state chair)

Marie Corfield, LD-16 Assembly candidate, former Jeopardy contestant for reals

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, SEIU ED & Buono’s pick for DSC vice-chair

Princeton Prof. Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer Prize winning author

Gov. Jim Florio (defending his title as 2012 winner)

Professor Sean Wilentz, Bancroft Prize-winning historian on the Princeton faculty

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, NJDSC chair

Judges:

Gov. Richard J. Codey

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, chair Buono for Governor  

This event’s always fun, the contestants fun. And I’m pumped my candidate and friend Marie Corfield is playing. But I’m a mass of jelly to meet one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Eugenides, now on the Princeton faculty teaching creative writing, and the author of Middlesex (which shed much light for me on what life can be like for an intersex person, like one of my friends is) and captured 1967 Detroit perfectly, the year I moved there. And The Virgin Suicides, so good.

Got a cool fundraiser coming up? Hit us up in comments.  

Counting Votes is Cool

I don’t know, maybe it was the 2000 Presidential race. But, I LOVE when we actually count the votes cast in an election before declaring a winner. Now, we are the party of arithmetic after all, so I’m not saying we couldn’t declare Senator Menendez or others who won by landslides (or at least handily) the winners on election night, even though technically all the votes can’t have been counted. But, in races all over the country that were too close to call, there were premature declarations of victory which are now coming under closer scrutiny. Which is to say, they’re actually counting the votes – like all the cool kids do.

A great example is the U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona, Richard Carmona, who conceded his race on Election night, and now is learning how cool it is to count votes. He may not win in the end, but he might! So, what was he doing conceding?

Similarly, here in NJ, early reports of the end of the LD-16 race were greatly exaggerated, with multiple media outlets declaring Donna Simon the winner on election night. (Simon even gave a victory speech, before thousands of Sandy-displaced voters even had their votes counted.) But, significantly, Marie Corfield did not concede. And good for her! She’s currently behind by just 700 votes out of almost 10,000 still to be counted. That’s way too close to call.

It’s always true – especially this year, with the special arrangements for voting made in light of hurricane Sandy – that the outcome of a close race on election night could change when mail-in ballots and provisional ballots are counted. And my fingers are crossed that’s true this year for Marie. But, win or lose – and sure, she may still come up short in the end – I applaud her for respecting LD-16 voters enough to be guided by their choice, and waiting until the votes are counted to know what that is. To me, that’s cool.

The Power of Netroots Fundraising

Once upon a time, when I was a candidate (last year, don’t ask), I benefited from New Jersey’s netroots power more than I and many others could have imagined, with something called a Money Bomb. And, last week, that same power of New Jersey’s netroots did it again, uniting to catapult LD-16 Assembly candidate Marie Corfield into the national spotlight, landing her the top spot in the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s list of “Essential Races.” (That’s pretty high praise from the DLCC, considering they’re the organization responsible for electing Democrats to state legislatures nationwide!)

But what good is that national title if we don’t follow up? I guess that’s what Democracy for America thought (DFA was an early endorser of Marie after all), because landing in my inbox this week was an email from DFA’s national headquarters aiming to leverage last week’s win, asking for folks to contribute to Marie’s campaign:

Marie stood up for what was right and people across the state are rallying around her. Now, let’s put her over the top against a Tea Party Republican who voted against funding for women’s health care, raising the minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work for women.

Some of you may have also received that email, many of you may not have. But, it reminded me how far small contributions from many supporters can go. If everyone who nominated Marie to help her win the DLCC honor took a moment to contribute just $20 to Marie Corfield’s campaign, she could quickly close the gap in cash-on-hand in her race. It could easily be the difference between winning and losing.

Marie can win this race if she has the resources, and we have her back. That’s why I hope you’ll Contribute to Marie Corfield this year, like so many of you contributed to me last year.

It really will make all the difference!

Beating Chris Christie. This Year.

Fired up and ready for Joe? Looking for a place to channel your spare Joe-mentum after last night’s debate? Well, there is a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity for New Jersey Democrats this year, and I hope we sieze it.

Sure, the Presidential race is huge. Yes, Senator Menendez’s race is must-win. Absolutely, we need to protect our House Democratic incumbents. You betcha, it would be awesome to pull out the upset in NJ-3 or NJ-7 (or NJ-11 or NJ-5 or NJ-2 or NJ-4). But, the best bang for our collective bucks (and boots) is in a truly “special” election this year. Some might even call it an “essential race” – and we can win it:

It’s Marie Corfield’s LD-16 Assembly race. And redistricting has made this District utterly winnable for Democrats. (Seriously – see for yourself below the fold, President Obama’s convincing 10,000+ vote win in 2008 in the towns that make up the new LD-16.) You know what year is most likely to mirror the results of 2008? This year!

But, this race is about more than one Assembly seat. LD-16 is also where Senator Kip Bateman serves – by most accounts, the next-most-likely Republican to vote in favor of marriage equality (which needs only 3 more votes to override the Christie veto) and to vote to override the Governor’s other outrageous vetoes. When Marie shows that Democrats can win in LD-16, Bateman may just have the excuse he needs to stand up to Christie, and stand with his constituents.

And, if Bateman comes on board, how long until his other Assembly-mate, and other once-moderate Republicans around the state, also realize it’s in their own interest to stand up to the Governor? Not very. (And, for the record: if Bateman comes on board, the Democratic caucus alone will have the ability to override.)

So – this is a shout out to 2 audiences, from humble me (and just me – I have no role, formal or otherwise, with the Corfield campaign):

First, to each and every Democratic Legislator throughout the state – none of whom have contested elections this year, and almost all of whom are quite safe next year – please join Senators Loretta Weinberg, Bob Smith and Barbara Buono, and Assemblymembers Sheila Oliver, Upendra Chivukula, John Wisniewski, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Valerie Huttle, Jason O’Donnell, Reed Gusciora, Dan Benson and Troy Singleton – all of whom have already done so – and send Marie a check!

And second, to the entire Blue Jersey community, to join me and hundreds of others in giving just a small amount of your time and/or your money to support a strong, smart, progressive woman – exactly the kind of Democrat we want to see get elected everywhere. And deliver a crushing blow to Governor Christie ahead of next year’s election.

Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another Blue Jersey Thank You

ICYMI, Here's the story of how the national Democrats recognized Marie Corfield's LD-16 special election as the top grassroots-powered race in the country, in their yearly Essential Races List. Below, her thanks for the small role Blue Jersey played. Promoted by Rosi

As someone who is rarely at a loss for words, I’m struggling to find some that can express how I feel about all that has transpired this week. For those of you who missed it, Corfield for Assembly was voted the number one grass roots campaign on the DLCC’s list of Emerging Races for 2012. And it happened because you made it happen.

So here are some words that speak to how I’m feeling…

Gratitude. Apologies in advance if I fail to mention your name. There are so many people to thank—people I know, and people I don’t know. But you are no less important, and I am no less thankful for all your help.

• First and foremost, my team and my kitchen cabinet. I wouldn’t be here without you all. Your energy and enthusiasm—and my gratitude—are boundless.

• Everyone here at Blue Jersey, especially Jersey Jazzman, Kendall James, Senator “Jersey Girl” Weinberg, Deciminyan, and editor, mentor, friend, member of the kitchen cabinet, and fellow Hunterdon County Democrat, Rosi Efthim, who steered this cybership all week. (JJ & D, you were awesome on Twitter, too!)

• Every person I know on Facebook, including family, friends, co-workers, and the group I call ‘The Fight’— people from all over the country who saw my ‘You Tube moment’, felt a visceral connection, and sent me a friend request before I ever thought about running for office. And DFA.

• All my Tweeps, especially @DianeRavitch, @Darciecima, @stopthefreezeNJ, @leoniehaimson, @teacherken, @AnthonyCody, @johnleesandiego, and @NJParents1. The power of your connections cannot be underscored enough.

Humility. I never set out on this course, but life sometimes has better ideas. A door opens and we either choose to walk through, or let it close. I walked through. I am humbled and honored that so many people support me. I’m working very hard to do you proud.

Fired Up! This is no time to sit and watch the grass grow. Let’s get to work! We have 24 days to make this happen. We are the grass roots race to watch in the entire country. We must not rest on our laurels. We must now work harder than ever, and engage others to do the same.

My opponent, the Tea Party’s Donna Simon, is out of touch with the wants and needs of the middle class and working families of this district, and this state, and she has the voting record to prove it. On day one in Trenton I will be a voice for all the people who’ve been shut out of the so-called ‘Jersey Comeback’. I will be a voice for hardworking men and women, children, the poor, minorities, seniors, taxpayers and the LGBT community. I will fight to make sure that the real ‘Jersey Comeback’ is good for all of us, not just a chosen few.

To volunteer and donate (because I need you to do both), please go to my website. Then share it with everyone.

Thank you.

Now let's win this thing.

DLCC: Marie Corfield has the Top Grassroots-Powered State Race in the Country

Number One: The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has just announced that Marie Corfield landed the top spot in the country on the national Democrats’ Essential Races List among candidates powered by strong grassroots groundswell. Corfield, the Democrat in the District 16 Assembly special election, got more nominations than any other candidate in the country. Nominations were driven by Marie’s supporters in LD-16, and all over New Jersey. But her numbers really took off when supporters began telling her story to Democrats all over the country.

Tea Party opponent: Corfield’s Republican opponent has never been elected to the seat. Donna Simon was appointed to the seat after the death of GOP Assemblyman Pete Biondi. Simon is a Tea Party candidate, aligned and endorsed by them.

On Monday, Stephen Colbert did a quirky report on Colleen Lachowicz, who spends enough time playing World of Warcraft that she’s got a well-known avatar in that fantasy game. The GOP says that make her unfit for office. Also pulling votes in DLCC’s competition was the race against GOP Speaker Bolger in Michigan, who’s getting slammed for attempting election fraud. And a Democrat running against one of the top Free State Project people in the New Hampshire House.

Here’s what DLCC Executive Director Michael Sargeant just told Blue Jersey:

“For this year’s Essential Races project, we were once again overwhelmed by the thousands upon thousands of grassroots nominations that poured in for races across the country. All of them are significant and deserving of attention on Election Night, but only the top ten races could be added to this year’s Essential Races list as grassroots picks. And the race receiving the most nominations of any in the country was the special election in New Jersey Assembly District 16, featuring Democratic nominee Marie Corfield, a teacher who’s seeking to defeat an incumbent Republican appointee.  It’s clear that both parties have made this race a priority, and the flood of nominations this race received was a clear reflection of tremendous grassroots interest in the outcome of this election.”

Thank You: There’s a lot of people to thank for this national recognition of the importance of Marie’s race. DLCC itself deserves thanks for recognizing the importance of Marie’s race. You should know virtually everybody here at Blue Jersey is involved in key roles behind Marie. So, I thank my blogbrothers, and Sister Senate Majority Leader. When I think of the naysayers who think all we do here is write stuff, it makes me laugh. All of you – LGBT activists, parents & teachers, local small business owners, Labor folks, great Dems, everybody who took the time to nominate Marie, we owe this national recognition to you.

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