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This week: Gonna be some PHYSICS up in here (thanks to Princeton & PPPL)

New Jersey – at least its Democrats – have something of a history with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a  U.S. Department of Energy national lab managed by Princeton University. Rush Holt, my old boss and NJ’s former scientist-congressman, was an administrator there before he came to Congress representing NJ’s left flank (and CD12), defeating supercomputers, advocating less hackable voting systems and better funding for science research & education. These days, Holt’s got a larger role repping science itself. But now another denizen of PPPL, its Science Education chief Andrew Zwicker, is running for Assembly in LD-16, which has more Ds than Rs (including heavily-Dem Princeton) but is longterm-repped by Republicans.

It’s why I still have a PPPL Google alert. So I wanted to pass on to those of you whose wonkiness extends from politics to science, this: All week, PPPL’s offering live-streaming of lectures on plasma physics & fusion energy that students in PPPL’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) and other programs are attending. The SULI Internship brings students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the Lab from all over the U.S., pairing them with PPPL scientist mentors.  Lecturers include scientists from national labs like PPPL and Sandia and universities including MIT, Michigan, Columbia and TCNJ.

Yeah, it’s heavy. And you’ve already missed the introductory stuff this morning. But it’s all week and it looks fun to me. Here’s all the info:

CD 12: Does Bonnie Watson Coleman Have the Advantage?

There is little public polling done on NJ congressional races, but in the 12th Congressional District the Monmouth University Poll of May 19 finds “state Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman are running neck-and-neck. Greenstein has the support of 25% of likely Democratic primary voters and Watson Coleman has 24%. Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula garners 11% and Princeton physicist Andrew Zwicker has 6%. 34% are undecided. Not very conclusive if you are wondering who will win.

Below the fold are several metrics that suggest which candidate has the advantage in this hotly contested primary on Tuesday.  

TONIGHT: CD12 Civil Rights & Liberties Debate – All 5 Candidates, Both Parties

New Jersey’s 12th congressional district is am

ong the best educated in the country (census). And it has been repped for 15 years by one of the most progressive members of Congress in the country (Holt: Highest Progressive Punch score in NJ’s House delegation). Part of Holt’s top designation is a near perfect ‘score’ in Human Rights & Civil Liberties, and other issues of social justice.

CD12 Democratic Debate Season – Starts Tonight in Princeton

In the race to succeed Rush Holt in Congress, there are four Democratic candidates; alphabetically Upendra Chivukula, Linda Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Andrew Zwicker. Tonight, we’ll have our first chance to see how they stack up against each other, as the League of Women Voters moderates the first debate of the short campaign season that will produce a Democratic nominee in June. Whoever that is, will likely win November in this reliably Democratic distict.  

Tonight’s Debate 7pm – Democratic Primary Candidates

Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton

Sponsored by League of Women Voters & Princeton Community TV

Participating: Upendra Chivukula, Linda Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Andrew Zwicker

Audience questions will be taken before the debate.

Televised on Princeton TV

Future events – on the jump.

May 1 – CD12 Civil Rights Debate Hosted by ACLU-NJ

Want to know where Upendra Chivukula, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Linda Greenstein, Andrew Zwicker – and tea party Republican Alieta Eck – stand on privacy, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform and other topics? Yeah, so does ACLU-NJ. They’re sponsoring a debate focusing on civil rights issues featuring the 5 candidates vying for Rush Holt’s House seat,  which will be moderated by NJTV News anchor and managing editor Mike Schneider.

12th Congressional District Civil Rights and Liberties Debate

When: Thursday, May 1 – 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m)

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton

50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Tickets free but seating is limited:  Register to attend

Also joining ACLU-NJ in sponsoring the event are American Friends Service Committee, Council on American-Islamic Relations New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance, NAACP NJSC, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, YWCA Princeton, and YWCA Union County. Again, here’s the RSVP link.

ICYMI: CD12’s first TV spot is Upendra Chivukula’s

In the highly competitive CD12 Democratic primary, it’s Upendra Chivukula who is launching the first TV spot. Chivukula, in a tight 3-way primary with Asw Bonnie Watson Coleman and Sen. Linda Greenstein that also includes physicist Andrew Zwicker, will be up on cable TV with a buy campaign manager Henry de Koninck categorizes as six-figure.

The ad, called We Can’t Let It Happen Here, is dark and moody, mostly black-and-white, with a voice-over of the assemblyman discussing what it’s like in a country without social safety nets like Social Security, Medicare and a minimum wage, and with no equality for women. Both, he says, like the country he comes from (unnamed, but Chivukula was born in Nellore, India, got his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in India and his Masters at City College of New York).

“I come from a country where, from the day you are born to the day you die, you are told your place.”

It’s an interesting focus, given that all three of the strongest Dems in the race could be classified as progressives for whom giving fellow Americans a leg up is a bedrock value, and whichever Dem that takes the primary likely wins the general. What do you think of the ad, Blue Jersey?

Below the fold, the websites for CD12 Dem primary candidates Chivukula, Greenstein, Watson Coleman and Zwicker.

97 Years Ago Today: 1st Woman in Congress. Today: Zero Women in NJ’s Congressional Delegation.

Ninety-seven years ago today Jeanette Rankin, a Republican and lifelong pacifist from Montana took her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first woman ever elected to Congress.

Today, there are no women in NJ’s congressional delegation. And though women may find lawmakers who represent them well, there are no women whose footsteps can be followed to Washington. And emerging women candidates now training at Ready to Run or Teach a Girl to Lead or emergeNewJersey, women are missing from that powerful club on the Hill.

But there’s a good chance we’ll change that this year. And the best opportunities are with Democratic candidates. Below the fold, an evaluation of where we stand a chance to send our Jeanette Rankin, or maybe even our Shirley Chisholm to the U.S. House. What do you think?

CD12: Who gets PCDO’s endorsement to succeed Rush Holt?

Throughout Rep. Rush Holt’s 8 terms in Congress, through a tough re-election campaign (his first) and through both redistrictings, Princeton has always been his strongest and most loyal base of support. It’s where a lot of the money comes from, and a lot of the volunteers. And the venerable PCDO – Princeton Community Democratic Organization – is its Democratic backbone.

Last night, PCDO held an endorsement vote for CD12. Over 100 people showed up, and so did all 5 of the declared candidates – the two women increasingly squaring off against each other, Sen. Linda Greenstein and Asw Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblyman and 2012 CD7 candidate Asm Upendra Chivukula, and the two scientists who jumped into the race more recently, plasma physicist Andrew Zwicker and chemist Frank Gibson. Only paid-up members could vote, and each was scheduled to speak with Q & A to follow. It was a secret ballot vote.

So, how did CD12’s Democratic primary candidates do in Rush Holt’s bedrock community? Well, the vote was inconclusive, given that a 60% vote was needed for endorsement. But the trend was clear. Vote totals, on the jump page.