Tag Archive: NJDSC

You can still be a delegate

This is really cool. It was just sent out by the NJ Democratic State Committee:

As you already know, the February 5th Primary was a resounding success for the Democratic Party. We had record turnout here in New Jersey and our early estimates are that we have hundreds of thousands of newly registered Democrats. There’s still a chance for you to go to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as a delegate or alternate.

The February 5th primary elected 70 delegates and 12 alternates in 20 Delegate Districts. There are still an additional 45 at-large delegate and alternate spots to be filled. If you’re interested in becoming a delegate or alternate, download the “Statement of Candidacy” form here and fax it to us or fill out the on-line version here.

And also, two programs specifically for women:

  • Ready to run campaign training (March 15th. All women considering seeking public office, running for higher office or working on a campaign are encouraged to attend.)

  • 2008 Governor’s Conference for Women (March 5)
  • 50 State Strategy in Your Neighborhood

    (Promoted from the diaries. This initiative to make tools available to grassroots local organizers is worth a look. – promoted by Rosi Efthim)

    As New Jersey’s Super Tuesday results showed, big-time, voters from both red and blue parts of the state are participating at record levels. And we have a bumper-crop of hundreds of thousands of new Democrats.  But all this phenomenal participatory democracy needs local leadership to follow-up and keep it hot. DNC Chair Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy has been a fight-everywhere movement to recognize and give tools to grassroots power. And in that spirit, I want to let you know about a program that the DNC is putting into place with the NJ

    Democratic State Committee.

    It’s designed to put the 50-State Strategy right into your own hands, and in your own neighborhood. This is a direct invitation to all active Democrats. We’re hoping you can help us build something extraordinary.

    It’s called the Neighborhood Leader Program.  The work of Neighborhood Leaders is simple – they’ll each talk to 25 voters at least three times before Election Day 2008, and they’ll recruit two more people to become Neighborhood Leaders as well. It’s very doable and we can walk you through it.

    The success of the Neighborhood Leader Program lies directly in the method of voter contact – direct, personal conversations with voters at the door or on the phone.  Every campaign knows that these are the most effective ways of communicating with and persuading swing voters. Personal communication works better than TV ads, better than mailers, better than robocalls – it’s the essence of grassroots politics.

    Democratic Party staffers, like me, are working across the country organizing house parties and meet ups to train local activists in the program.  By Election Day, there will be tens if not hundreds of thousands of these Neighborhood Leaders across the country with a big chunk right here in the Garden State.

    This is designed so that you can have maximum impact in your own neighborhood, with no time wasted. As a Neighborhood Leader, you agree to be the Democratic contact for your little group of target voters, and – this is important – it will also work the other way around, so that you’re representing those voters to the Democratic Party. You agree to reach out to your voter group three times between now and Election Day- the time commitment is about an hour week for three weeks spread over the course of the 2008 campaign.  In some cases, you will be the only contact these voters have with the Democratic Party.  You will be helping the entire slate of Democratic candidates in your area from President to Senate to Congress and the local level.

    Lists, lit pieces, scripts and other materials will be sent out from the NJ DSC and you can always call or email with any questions you might have about the program.

    I hope to hear from you soon!

    Jorge Santos
    NJ Democratic State Committee
    609.392.3367
    jsantos@njdems.org

    Undemocratic in Jersey

    Battling political corruption in New Jersey is a little like asking people not to wear big-ass cowboy hats in Texas.  You tend to not get a lot of results, make a lot of people mad, and often get told, “This is the way things are here.  Get used to it or get out.”  Well, that’s the censored version of what you get told.

    There are two ways to view political corruption.  The first is to see it as a problem of opportunism.  This is the “I seen my chances and I took ’em” school of “honest graft”.  A few bad apples exist here and there, but by and large politics isn’t really as dirty as its reputation and corruption is a piecemeal problem.  If only one or two people are doing corrupt things, then it can be justified.  If, however, the problems are widespread; then it isn’t just a few apples that are causing problems – the living organism that produces fruit has been infected and corrupted.  This is the second view of corruption – as a systemic indication that something is wrong.  Sometimes a sick tree can be treated, but sometimes it has to be cut down.  This is an attempt to treat one very sick living organism of democracy.

    Read the rest – and recommend, please.

    QOTD: YOU are NOT a member of the NJDSC

    For our Quote of the Day, let us thank billbrown201 for coming by to inform us that the New Jersey State Democratic Committee really doesn’t care what real people want:

    I believe the DSC  does respond to its members. You [Nick Lento] and XP apparently are not members. So how do you two come off telling the DSC  what they “should” do?

    I always get a little irritated when someone calls me “XP” – like I’m a slightly outdated version of Windows.  I mean, how much intelligence does it take to figure out that the pseudonym “Xpatriated Texan” would be represented by the initials “XT”?

    Oh, well.  

    Thankfully, Nick provided a reference for who exactly is a member of the NJDSC.  So – score one point for billbrown201 in that I am not, in fact, a member of the NJDSC.  However, I am a member of the Democratic Party, and the NJDSC is the representative body that has been created to provide leadership for the Democratic Party in New Jersey.  

    So while I’m not a member of the NJDSC, the NJDSC does represent me.  They work for me – and all of the other activists and grassroots Democrats that expect them to abide by the values that our Party espouses.  The purpose of the NJDSC is not to create an unofficial partywide endorsement prior to the NJ primary.  The purpose of the NJDSC is not to give people jobs and titles that function as de facto Letters of Marquis.

    I would simply like to remind the members of the NJDSC – which means, not my self or Nick Lento – that leadership is a privilege and responsibility, not a divine right.  

    Quote of the Day

    The NJGOP is under fire from their own members for trying to influence their presidential primary by manipulating ballot positioning and the changing of the procedure by the NJDSC earlier this week has become an issue in the debate…

    “Why is it that the New Jersey GOP isn’t following the Democratic State Committee’s lead in holding an open draw for presidential candidates?” Republican counsel Brian Nelson asked State Committee Chairman Tom Wilson. “Why are the Republicans still following the process the Democrats are abandoning?”

    That’s a good question. 

    Gina Genovese on Blue Jersey Radio

    Update Mary and Gina were fabulous! Listen to the archived version here:

    Every Saturday morning at 10:30, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with Trenton’s latest buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your calls.

    Gina GenoveseThis week: we’re LIVE from the NJ DSC’s Women’s Campaign Training with:

  • Gina Genovese, NJ Senate Candidate from the 21st District, talks about her mission to defeat Tom Kean Jr., and
  • Mary Campbell, the DSC’s field dynamo talks about getting women to “step up” and run for office.

    Have a question you want to ask? Drop it in the comments and we’ll try to get you an answer. Have an opinion to share? Jay and I would love to take your calls LIVE beginning Saturday at 10:30a at: (646) 652-2773

    Listen Live

    You can also surf our BlogTalkRadio page anytime to listen to our archived segments, like that one about clean elections. Or that one about civil unions. Or that other one when we launched the Best Dressed Legislator Award.

    Of course, being the technorati that you all are, you know every show becomes a podcast that you can download to your iPod, and listen at your leisure. It’s easy to download them all.

    Just subscribe here:

    But, remember – only LIVE callers get to hear themselves talk.
    Call us!

  • Karl Rove With a Keyboard

    Press release from NJDSC Chairman Joe Cryan:

    Cryan Calls on Kean Jr. To Investigate ‘Swift Boat Internet Scandal’
    Campaign of Lies & Dirty Tricks Acting Like ‘Karl Rove With A Keyboard’

      Trenton – Tom Kean Jr. should immediately investigate his own campaign for the dirty tricks and deceit of the Swift Boat Internet scandal, the chairman of the Democratic Party said on Thursday after Kean Jr’s campaign was caught lying about fake Internet postings.

      “Tom Kean Jr. has lied about everything from his support for George Bush to producing a Swift Boat film to smear Bob Menendez,” said Joe Cryan, State Democratic Party Chairman. “Now his campaign has been caught with their fingers on the keyboard and, out of habit, they lie about it. Tom Kean Jr. should investigate his own campaign and come clean with the evidence.”

    First Step?

    Apparently, political footing isn’t quite as sure as it used to be.  Joe Cryan lost his shot at being the next chair of the Democratic State Committee.  Why?

    Cryan was accused of pocketing an envelope stuffed with $100 bills during a fund-raiser five years ago

    NJ Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Meets

    The progressive caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee met today in Piscataway to discuss issues, events and strategies for effecting progressive change in New Jersey, the nation, and the world.

    Over 40 leaders from progressive groups around the state, including NJ for Democracy, Progressive Democrats of New Jersey, Garden State Equality, and other progressive individuals were joined by the Democratic State Committee’s Richard McGrath, who addressed the caucus on the their shared vision for the state party.

    The caucus then set about forming working groups to create a progressive platform on a series of issues of importance to NJ’s progressive community.