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Linda Greenstein replies to that leaked Mercer County video

I reached out to Sen. Greenstein before our posting today of this video, leaked originally to Down With Tyranny, associated with the Blue America PAC, whose ‘paid for’ disclosure appears on the video, and which has endorsed Greenstein opponent Bonnie Watson Coleman. Her campaign sent this statement:


“This thinly veiled attempt at intimidation from unnamed party bosses unfortunately reeks of the kind of sexism successful women have had to contend with throughout history.  Anonymous smears calling an accomplished female senator “erratic” and claiming that she has a pattern of “confused behavior” is nothing so much as code for “keep the little woman out of our smoke-filled back room.” It is no coincidence that the Democratic Party, on their watch, has never sent a woman to Congress.  Unfortunately for these anonymous party bosses, she has refused to back down from shining the light on how these backroom politicians have worked to promote their agenda. Instead, she will continue to run an aggressive campaign so that every single woman in Central New Jersey knows that their next Congresswoman will never back down from representing the interests of women everywhere, even in the face of intimidation and sexist threats.”

Sen. Greenstein’s reference to accusations that she is “erratic” with a pattern of “confused behavior” come from this post at The Daily Beast by Olivia Nuzzi.

Congressional primaries, even in well-educated districts like NJ’s CD12 are by nature low-turnout, with the majority of party voters paying little attention. That said, is this leaked video from an obviously stressed, and contentious process meeting inside the Mercer Democratic Party enough to impact this race?  

CD12: Linda Greenstein Lashes Out at Mercer (Video)

“I hate everybody in here. Everybody in here is my enemy–except for the people from Hamilton. The rest of you are my enemies.”

                   – from the video, apparently Linda Greenstein

UPDATE: Since this was posted, Greenstein on what she calls “intimidation from unnamed party bosses” and Mercer Chair Liz Muoio replies (in comment under post) that the senator’s playing “the sexism card’. Read both here.

I have to say, I am so sorry to see this.

A video has surfaced with a fuzzy, blurred and blocked visual but crystal clear audio in a voice identifiable as Sen. Linda Greenstein’s, telling a room full of Mercer Democratic insiders that they’re her enemy. The video was originally posted at Down With Tyranny, which is associated with Blue America PAC, which endorsed Greenstein opponent Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Max Pizarro, covering a pre-convention meeting that day in March, reported on an ugly discussion over Mercer Democrats’ process for the treasured line, and Greenstein’s fear that Mercer Chair Liz Muoio had stacked those seats with handpicked delegates, against the county’s own by-laws, which Mercer reps deny.

I’ve been on the inside of some ugly pre-convention meetings and even some conventions where candidates embarrassed themselves lashing out in public at process or individuals determining process. To a degree, I understand that kind of candidate frustration. But it’s never, ever a winning play to indulge it, not for a candidate’s own well-being, and certainly not in the age of trackers.

Post updated, with Sen. Greenstein’s reply, and Liz Muoio’s, link above.

Linda Greenstein’s Enemies List: from Progress First on Vimeo.

Should you work in the Newark schools if you think the children are potential criminals?

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Cami Anderson letter to Newark, NJ parentsThe central administration of the Newark Public Schools sent out a letter last week to “families”-a letter over the signature of state-appointed superintendent Cami Anderson -that displayed unforgivable insensitivity by suggesting crime would go up because Newark’s children  were not confined to their schools for the two days of the New Jersey Education Association convention. It posted the same letter on its website.

Click to enlarge the letter.

The e-mailed letter, sent to school principals Nov. 12 for distribution home through students, was withdrawn within two hours and then taken down from the website, according to multiple sources in the Newark schools.

However, in at least one school-perhaps more-the original version was sent home to some 700 families.

I originally posted the letter sent to me by a Newark teacher. I later took it down and deleted all references to it because of concerns I had about its authenticity. The letter contained grammatical mistakes. Its last sentence ended with a comma-as does the sanitized version. It was sloppily written., And, of course, it contained volatile language about the imagined criminal propensities of Newark children.

The Bergen Machine Grinds to Life


Just like Jason or Freddy in some poorly made horror flick, the remnants of the BCDO are gathering themselves together and trying to reassemble like that molten metal cop in Terminator II. (I’ve seen too many movies – I know – I am mixing up my monsters.) But these folks collecting themselves are not a happy sight for the good guys. In real life – the good guys are the Democrats in Bergen County who want transparent government and actual democracy.

Just in time for the DCBC “convention” on March 5 (now called DCBC because the BCDO brand became too toxic), the arm twisting and fear-mongering have begun. The goal is to have Committee folks who still believe they were elected by the public to represent them by vetting and choosing the best candidates to grace our ballots in the June Primary, wake up on March 5 and think they are in Russia – or North Korea. You know, only having one choice all the way down the ballot. Aforesaid choice being hand-selected by the Ferriero wing of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, which allegedly includes Hackensack Democratic municipal chair Lynn Hurwitz – who was the Bergen County Chief of Staff for the $ 3 million dollar man, former County Executive Dennis McNerney.

According to reports from multiple sources within the Democratic Party, phone calls are allegedly being made and pressure applied to make sure that candidates Monica Honis and Robert Kovic drop out and leave no choice for Freeholder candidates. Honis was a Real Bergen Democrat and Kovic is a Hackensack Attorney who worked in the County Counsel’s office. Neither candidate is a “machine” candidate. Which is why the Ferriero-crats want them out of the running.

The goal is to take back the County government by the Ferriero wing of the Democratic Committee by anointing Jim Tedesco, former Mayor of Paramus, and Christopher Tully, Councilman and protégé of Kevin Clancy of Bergenfield. Lorraine Waldes, School Board President of River Vale is a concession made to the Progressives who support her. However, it is rumored that Hurwitz and her team are trying to make sure that the ONLY names on the ballot on March 5th for Freeholder are these three. Thereby interfering with the rights of the Committee members to have five candidates to choose from.  

Sadly the Democratic Committee of Bergen County appears to be anything but democratic.

The tactic allegedly being used here is fear to try to get folks in line and to prevent two of the non-machine candidates from either appearing on the Convention ballot or getting the votes necessary to win against the Ferriero-crat candidates.  Allegedly, the fear is being directed at the County Committee members of the 38th district with the prospect that their very popular District 38 team will be in danger should, God Forbid, democracy happen and the Committee choose Honis and/or Kovic for Freeholder candidates at the convention.

The DCBC folks forget one important thing. The average voter cares MORE about the Senate and Assembly seats than the Freeholder ones and many voters normally don’t bother voting for freeholders to begin with. The skewed perspective of the Ferriero-crats makes sense if you consider that they had spent $ 3 million on McNerneny’s seat (the County Exec seat gives you patronage power to award high paying jobs) while barely lifting a finger to help Paul Arohnson in the 5th Congressional District. They appear to care ONLY about their Freeholder seats so they can keep their machine in power at the County level and get even with Kathleen Donavan for eliminating the patronage mill. They are apparently willing to say and do anything to convince folks that the very popular LD38 team is in danger. (They’re not). The reason that the LD38 team may be being used as a chip here is because they are popular with Dems who are not Ferriero-crats. Like me, for example. The Ferriero crowd may be hoping to sway folks who have decidedly different views on transparency and democracy than they do, to help get the Machine back into power by scaring Committee members into supporting the machine candidates.

And so right now the Committees in District 38 including Paramus and Bergenfield (old stomping grounds for the ubiquitous Mr. Dennis Oury, former buddy of Joe Ferriero  and his Pay to Play antics) appear to be supporting the machine.  Should these rumors prove true, the folks from these few towns would be attempting to remove the Freeholder choice from the Committee members in the entire county of Bergen. If so, these District 38 Dems should not give in to fear and realize they may be pawns of the Ferriero-crats who would like their anointed candidates to ride on the coat tails of three very popular state legislators. That’s how coattails work, folks.

Impressive Resources Launching for NJ Dem Women

For finding, training, and supporting great progressive women candidates, and more sharply informing and organizing around Gov. Christie’s dismal record on women, impressive resources are launching all at once. All good stuff:

Jersey Girls Caucus:

Blue Jerseyan and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who convened the Jersey Girls Caucus in one rollicking session with the sea of intelligent, tough women who were in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention is now expanding it. The goal? To keep the heat on Gov. Christie re: his failed record on women, to organize, to make sure we let other women know what’s going on. Here’s how to latch on:

  • @JerseyGrlCaucus – Follow Jersey Girls Caucus on Twitter.

  • Jersey Girls Caucus on Facebook. (Hit LIKE)

  • JerseyGirlsCaucus@gmail.com is how you can let Sen. Weinberg & the Caucus know what’s on your mind.

    Emerge NJ: Thursday night’s the big launch for NJ to be the 12th state to open a group devoted to helping get more Democratic women elected. Women don’t have parity when it comes to holding elected seats – we’re 17% of seats in Congress, 23% of statewide offices nationally, 24% of state legislative seats. In NJ, of the 120 in the legislature, only 35 (29%) are women. For federal, it’s worse: NJ last elected a female federal lawmaker almost 10 years ago. Only 5 women in NJ’s history have been sent to Congress from here. Only 89 women are mayors of the State’s 566 townships – that’s 15.7%.

    Thursday night’s kickoff is a fundraiser in Morristown. Senate Majority Leader (and Blue Jerseyan) Loretta Weinberg and Speaker Sheila Oliver will both speak. I’ll be there with my candidate Marie Corfield, running hard to defeat the Republican installed in the LD-16 Assembly seat following the death of incumbent Pete Biondi 48 hours after November’s election.

    There’s still time to attend Emerge NJ’s launch.There are some fabulous New Jersey women behind it. Check out the list after the jump …

  • Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Day One Report

    So, after a long drive through the Virginia and Carolina mountains in the rain, I got caught in a little Charlotte botheration involving the great big Dem-flavored CarolinaFest, a downpour and a wet, broken down bus. Needed some recovery time after several hours soaked through and sitting on a super-cooled bus. But here’s some flavor of yesterday’s pre-Convention gathering of the New Jersey Delegation:

    Best news of the day: Jeff Gardner is elected Whip of the NJ Delegation.

    Blue Jersey’s own Loretta Weinberg got sick and tired of all the GOP yammering in Tampa about their mothers:

    “Every Republican man who spoke has a mother. And every one of them loved their mother.” [snip]

    “If (Romney’s) mother came back today, she would not approve of the Republican Party that he just became a leader of. She was a pro-choice, pro-gun control moderate Republican. Today, known as a Democrat.”

    We know, she said, what a Republican governor has done in this state. Taken out every single dollar that was supposed to go to family planning centers – the first governor in the nation where money had been budgeted for family planning centers to set the stage to redline every dollar meant for family planning centers in our state and we’re not going to stand for this anymore.

    We talked a lot about training and supporting women candidates (heads-up EMERGE NJ kickoff coming Sept. 27).The Jersey Girls Caucus was actually a lot of fun, with a lot of call-outs to the audience to share information by women leaders and for women’s events. I got called up to talk about Blue Jersey, and used my time to talk about the revelation from Women’s Media Center about how few of the daily newspaper articles about the presidential election are written by women. But you know, we have the same situation at Blue Jersey – Sen. Weinberg & I the lone women in a sea of able men writing here. I got the chance to remind the women in the room that we’re interested in hearing what they’ve got going on, too.

    This was after a morning welcome breakfast, the high point of which was a killer speech by Sheila Oliver.

    Later on, some of us got the chance to hear a preview of what Cory Booker will say tonight when he presents the Democrats’ national platform at the Convention.

    Every morning, the entire delegation breakfasts together in the ballroom. Clattering coffee cups. Ruffling papers (Cory Booker brought copies of the Star-Ledger down by the hundreds yesterday). Appointments being made for off-line convos. Invitations to off-schedule meetings are being slipped under doors. Cell phones on buzz.

    And so am I.

    Opening statement from the Jersey Girls Caucus is below the fold.