Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley returns to NJ today to support Barbara Buono’s campaign. The former head of the Democratic Governor’s Association, no friend of Gov. Christie, will attend two events in Trenton. (See schedule below.)
Tying the knot on Monday: On October 10 the Superior Court denied the State’s motion to delay the October 21 start date for same-sex marriages. That ruling indicated that “those who satisfy the requirements to enter a civil marriage” may marry in NJ on that date, ie., get your application filled in now to to wed on October 21. The Supreme Court is now handlling the case, and as of this morning is mum on the matter. Unless it rules differently the start date will remain Monday. Let the wedding bells ring!
Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina sailed through the Judiciary Committee yesterday as Christie’s most recent nomination to the NJ Supreme Court. The rationale of the Democratic legislators for approving him is that he is replacing the departed Republican Justice Helen Hoens, and his appointment leaves the court with two Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent – a balanced court. Democrats are in no rush to review the other two Christie nominees who would put the Court way out of balance.
Bergen County Politics: This is the county where Steve Lonegan resides and part of which is in Republican Scott Garrett’s Congressional District. It is also where Democratic power brokers have misused the public trust. Yesterday it went 57% for Cory Booker. In the prior Senate race Sen. Menendez won with 58%, and in the last gubernatorial race Gov. Corzine won with 51%. It remains a Democratic county but often with close races, and Rep. Garrett regularly trounces his Democratic opponents. It’s not the land of of the progressive former Representative Steve Rothman. The Democratic Committee of Bergen County in the past years has often been ineffective. The County Executive is a Republican, and the membership of the Board of Freeholders jumps back and forth but currently has a majority of Democrats. Republicans are pouring money into LD38 to defeat Sen. Bob Gordon, Assemblyman Tim Eustace, and Joe Lagana. Also, Gov. Christie has devoted significant time and resources to win the county in the upcoming gubernatorial race, and he might succeed.
Democratic residents of Bergen County: rise up before it’s too late. This November we need a win for Barbara Buono, the LD38 candidates, a new Sheriff, and three freeholder candidates. Next year we need a Democratic County Executive, a continued majority of freeholders, and the annihilation of Scott Garrett. The time is now to start working to achieve these outcomes.
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 8:45am, Jewish Community Gubernatorial Candidates Forum, Jewish Community Center MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange; Barbara Buono: 1:45pm, Bob Burns Show, Radio interview, WOND 1400 AM; Barbara Buono and Milly Silva: 2:30pm, with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Campaign Event, 24 S. Warren St., Trenton; Barbara Buono and Milly Silva: 3:30pm, with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, and Trenton Education Association President Naomi Johnson-LaFleur, Campaign Event, NJEA HQ, 180 West State St., Trenton; Milly Silva: 7:10pm, Paterson Democratic Club 7th Annual Black Tie Affair, The Bethwood, 38 Lackawanna Ave, Totowa; Milly Silva: 8:00pm, Latinos for Lauren for City Council, Noches de Colombia, 25 Lake Ave., Clifton.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 11:00am, New Jersey Career Fire Chiefs Association, The Westin, Jersey City; 2:00pm, announces a campaign endorsement, Sabor Latino Restaurante, Dover; 5:15pm, inducted into the Livingston High School Hall of Fame, The Wilshire Caterers, West Orange.