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An Open Letter to Governor Chris Christie

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The Honorable Christopher J. Christie

Office of the Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor Christie:

I am writing with respect to the “Town Hall” meetings you have been conducting across the state.

It is a common misperception that the attendees at these events are pre-screened and your supporters are given preferential treatment for admission. I know for a fact this is not true. I am a registered Democrat, and was not subjected to any political or ideological litmus test for admission to a recent event.

The reason, I believe, for this misperception, is that these events are always held in the daytime, making it difficult for anyone other than retired persons to attend. That these events are usually held in towns with a predominantly white population makes the demographic look very much like the Glen Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010.

I recommend that you consider holding some of your Town Hall meetings in the evenings, and in places like Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, and elsewhere, where you can get your message to a far more diverse crowd.

I also recommend that you scrap the “YouTube Moment” meme when inviting citizens to ask questions, and engage them in civil discussion, rather than berating them for the benefit of the camera. Having your State Police bodyguard manhandle a questioner, bring him up to the stage, scold and rail at him, then have the officer remove the citizen from the stage, without giving him the opportunity to respond, may make for entertaining television, but it is no way to govern.

It is also in direct contradiction to your repeated admonitions that “there is nothing left unsaid between us”.

If you wish to get your message out to anyone other than the usual amen chorus that predominate your Town Halls, I suggest that you expand the demographic scope of the audience and engage in real discussion of ideas. Otherwise, you cannot expect to win the hearts and minds of anyone in your opposition, not one.


Jeffrey R. Pickens

The YouTube Governor

Governor Christie has embraced YouTube as a way to communicate with his constituents. This was a smart move for several reasons. YouTube is ubiquitous, and it fits well into his one-way dialog. So here’s a recent YouTube video, released by Christie’s taxpayer-funded videographers, but annotated with some real thoughts.

Did My Tax Dollars Pay For This?!?

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Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman; click through for all links.

What the hell?


This is not a use of “new media” to inform the people of this state – it’s propaganda, straight up, and it’s outrageous if one dime of taxpayer money was used to produce it.

The media shills kissing Christie’s keister at the end is particularly galling – this is shameless self-promotion at a level that would make Newt Gingrich blush. But I’m also really annoyed by the factoids, presented in dramatic animated kerning, that are given here with no attribution whatsoever. “Failing schools”? By whose account?

Anything this nakedly political should tell you who exactly funded it. If “Reform NJ Now” or some other slush fund paid for what is a blatant early campaign ad, we should know that, and it should be in the credits. If this was paid for by the state, there should be hearings. Not one penny of tax money should ever go toward an exercise in narcissism like this.

This guy is the biggest media whore in Republican politics today – and that’s really saying something. His Twitter page is full of media appearance announcements. He’s been on Morning Joe so many times that I’ll bet Scarborough made him a custom chair.

Hey, NJ political reporters, here’s a thought: compare Christie’s media appearances over the last eight months to ANY eight months outside of an election by any other NJ governor. I’ll bet he doubles the next closest one.

He sure loves being on TV more than running the state…

The Vindication of Tom Moran

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It’s easy to imagine the high-fives and doofy text messages between Christie and his gang when the Tom Moran viral video first started catching on. [Watch the video here – Rosi]

Holy crap, right? He totally took a legitimate question about his confrontational style from a reputable journalist and turned it into a bloodbath! No matter that the governor’s response itself completely answered the question; all attention was now trained on Moran’s twitching remains. Confrontational style? Honest. Refreshing. Move along, and let me humiliate you like the true bully I am, so you never mess with me again. Oh, and everyone in the room better take note. Chris Christie – here to kick your ass if I don’t like the question.

The Moran clip helped cement Chris Christie as a viral video genius.

(find out why below the fold)

A (Jersey) Fresher Business Model

Do you like farmers?
How about locally crafted artisan beer and wine?
Maybe you fancy keeping it “local”…
or possibly you’re just into diversifying NJ’s economy?

If you answered “YES” to any of these, this video blog if for you!

Google and Youtube launch “2010 Campaign toolkit”

I love this idea as Google announced yesterday the launch of a 2010 Campaign Toolkit and an upgraded Google Campaign Toolkit

The toolkits aim to provide political candidates with the resources to successfully use both YouTube and other Google products to engage constituents and citizens. On YouTube, campaigns will have access to features like a Politician channel (which allows campaigns to brand their channel and upload longer videos), Google Moderator, and analytics tool YouTube Insight. The toolkit also includes paid advertising campaigns, such as in-stream ads and Promoted Video. The Google toolkit shows how products in the Google Apps family like Docs and Gmail, can keep staff and volunteers connected.

They’re calling it You Choose 2010 and have both free and paid services. Here’s what google has to say about it:

We hope campaigns in both national and local contests will use these toolkits to engage and inform voters on important issues in 2010. As access to information online is increasingly important in elections, we’re pleased to continue developing useful tools for voters and candidates.

Hopefully campaigns and candidates will take advantage of these tools. Video can convey a powerful message that print sometimes is unable to. The really smart campaigns will pick up a small video camera or find a volunteer to really take advantage of the tools Google is putting at their fingertips.

Everything you say can and will be used against you in a google search

When I used to manage campaigns and advise candidates, I would say if you don’t want to defend it and see it in print, then don’t say it. Check out Bill Maher’s last New Rule from this past week, which is the high tech version of that advice:

New Rule: Before running for office, politicians must be informed of their rights: that “Everything you say can and will be used against you in a Google search.” Now, of course, we all embellish our resumes a little. In college, I described my job of pot dealer as “regional sales associate for a large multi-national firm.” But we just had the fifth anniversary of YouTube and the twelfth of Google, and between them, they’re killing off a great institution: lying. You just can’t lie anymore — facts are too easy to check, everything is on video, and your wife put a GPS in your glove compartment. Our privacy is gone, our Internet conversations are forever. I even have reason to believe I’m being recorded right now…

Here’s the full segment, it’s the last new rule:

Someone should have told Assemblyman DiCicco about this concept before his last town hall meeting, so he could have avoided embarrassing videos like this and this.  

A New Medium for Interaction & Input

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Cross Posted on Daily Kos

Going back to my time as a Long Branch City Councilman, I’ve always believed it was important to give my constituents a direct line to communicate their questions, concerns, and thoughts.  Technology is revolutionizing how we interact, and as the Congressman for New Jersey’s 6th District, I want to use these new tools to hear directly from you.

The internet opens up new opportunities to solicit input, debate policy proposals, and raise new ideas.  My Twitter Town Hall on Health Care was born out of that sentiment.  Now I want to take things one step further by introducing a new way for me to interact with my constituents, Blue Jersey readers, and progressive activists.  Using the Google Moderator application and YouTube, I want to hear directly from you, and at the end of each month I’ll make a web video directly answering your questions.

Google Moderator allows me to get input directly from you so that everyone’s voice can be heard.  If you happen to like a particular question or suggestion, you can vote for it so it rises to the top and ensure that I address the issue. YouTube offers a different medium than Facebook or Twitter.  It allows me to speak directly to you and inform you on the issues facing the 6th Congressional District, New Jersey, and our nation.  

The issues will change from month-to-month.  I might be seeking input on questions you want asked to a witness testifying in front of my Health Subcommittee.  You could want updates on the financial regulation reform and what it will mean to consumers, or what I know about the progress being made in Afghanistan.  Some months I’ll ask specifically about your thoughts or questions on a certain topic; other months it will be open-ended.  

The end game to this new idea for interaction is to create a more open, transparent dialogue.  As a Congressman I serve the people, and want to hear your input.  My fight against the special interests and lobbyists is an everyday battle and I want to make sure my most ardent supporters – progressives – have a vehicle to give me their opinions and thoughts.  I hope I can count on your participation, and as always, you can follow my tweets @FrankPallone and my updates on Facebook.

Marriage Equality, the Highlight reel

Promoted by Jason Springer: Jay gives us more of the view from Trenton, this time in Video. Thanks for being there to tell the story for us.

There’s too much work to be done to WIN marriage equality that I don’t have the time to polish off the perfect video.  It’s a rush job.

But it’s only 2m20 you totally get the message.

NJ Courts embrace social media while schools try to find the line

Not only are campaigns, governmental entities and businesses embracing social media, the NJ Courts have gone high tech as well. They are using rss feeds, text message and they’re on twitter too:

Court users can sign up for breaking news alerts via short message service (SMS) text alerts on their cell phones.  Users sign up for the service through a link on the Judiciary home page, njcourts.com.  The text messages will announce unscheduled court closings and other high priority information so that users who are not in the office or at home in front of their computers will receive the information in real time on their cell phones.  The Judiciary also has begun using Twitter to send short “tweets” about breaking court news.  To sign up for either of these options, users can click on the SMS or Twitter links on the Judiciary home page.  Those links will take them to the appropriate Web sites to sign up for those services.

They’re also on Facebook:

Facebook users can join the group “New Jersey Courts” to see press releases, court information and photos of court events. The Judiciary’s Facebook page is updated daily and the links can be shared with others who are not currently members of the group.

And they’re also using Youtube:

Finally, the Judiciary has begun posting videos on YouTube for court users to learn more about the courts.  Topics covered by the videos include the Judiciary’s mortgage foreclosure mediation program and the Veteran’s Assistance Project.  Future videos will address help available for self-represented litigants and volunteer opportunities.  To find video clips about the New Jersey courts, go to youtube.com/njcourts.  

Even ELEC is using youtube now. But while the courts and other entities are embracing these technological shifts, NJ schools are trying to draw some lines. Follow me below the fold for more on their struggles with social media.