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Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda in Two Words

Six minutes after the polls closed, the NY Times called the election for Chris Christie

Well, New Jersey is stuck with Governor Chris Christie (or later, Governor Kim Guadagno) for four more years. People decided to vote for a myth perpetuated by an Orwellian taxpayer-funded propaganda machine instead of a candidate who represents their best interests. And whose fault is that? Democrats.

Buono could have won if she had the support of the party. Buono should have won in a “blue” state. Buono would have won if she had had the requisite financial support to get her message out.

Not all Democrats were Christie enablers. People like Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman were proactive supporters of the challenger. On the national level, Governors Martin O’Malley and Deval Patrick came to New Jersey to stump for Buono. To all of them, I have two words: “Thank You”.

Some supporters were late to the game, like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and then-Mayor Cory Booker.  To these late-to-the-game players, I also have two words: “Nice try.”

Some key Democrats opted out of getting involved. Quite an un-patriotic thing to do. Bill and Hillary Clinton supported their friend Terry McAulliffe in Virginia but couldn’t they have made one appearance in the Garden State? Barack Obama had his photo op with Chris Christie but treated Buono as if she were invisible. Joe Biden swore in Jeff Chiesa and Cory Booker but acted as if Amtrak never went past the 30th Street Station. To them, I have two words: “Why not?”

But the big problem is that many Democrats proactively supported His Arrogance. “Democrats” like Brian Stack and Joe DiVincenzo are traitors to their party and should not receive one cent of support from the party coffers. Other Democratic organizations gave lip service to the Buono campaign and went through the motions, but their support was shallow and non-convincing. To all those “Democrats”, I also have two words.

What’s Happening Today Tue. 11/05/2013

Finally it’s election day. Time to vote and get others to the pollls.

In the gubernatorial contest we have Senator Barbara Buono and labor leader Milly Silva vs. Republican incumbents Gov. Chris Christie and L.G. Kim Guadgno.

In the legislative races pundits say that Christie will probably not have much coattails effect, but it remains important to cut off as much of that fleece as possible in order to keep control of the legislature and to demonstrate that Christie is just about Christie, and that he does not and can not help his own Republican colleagues. His cult of personality should not be allowed to trump the deep concerns New Jerseyans have regarding so many of his policies, including property taxes, jobs, economy, marriage equality, minimum wage, environment, and affordable housing. And then there is his behavior: his nastiness to a teacher this weekend is just one example of his rudeness which people find so inappropriate for a governor.

Below are some of the more interesting legislative races to watch.

(* indicates the incumbent.)

STATE SENATE: Democrats hold a 24-16 lead in the Senate. Republicans have been trying hard to pick up seats, but they are not going to win the five needed to be in the majority. With strong Democratic turn-out we can retain 24 seats.

LD 1: Jeff Van Drew* (D) vs. Susan A. Schmidt (R)

LD 2: Jim Whelan* (D) vs. Frank X. Balles (R)

LD 3: Stephen M. Sweeney* (D) vs. Niki Trunk (R)

LD 14: Linda Greenstein* (D) vs. Peter Inverso (R)

LD 18: Peter Barnes (D) vs. David Stahl (R) (Barbara Buono’s seat)

LD 38: Bob Gordon* (D) vs Fernando Alonso (R)

STATE ASSEMBLY: Democrats hold a 48-32 lead in the Assembly. Taking over the Assembly is way too high a reach for Republicans, but they are still trying to make inroads. Democrats in fact are working hard to add to their numbers with Marie Corfield, Vincent Mazzeo and others.

LD 2: John F. Amodeo* (R) and Chris Brown* (R) vs. Vincent Mazzeo (D) and Nick Russo (D)

LD 11: Mary Pat Angelini* (R) and Caroline Casagrande* (R) vs. Edward Zipprich (D) and Kevin McMillan (D)

LD 16: Marie Corfield (D) and Ida Ochoteco (D) vs. Jack M. Ciattarelli* (R) and Donna M. Simon* (R)

LD 38: Tim Eustace* (D)  and Joe Lagana (D) vs. Joan Fragala (R) and Joseph J. Scarpa (R)

A lot of money and time has been spent both for and against Ballot Question # 2 which raises the minimum wage after seven years and is so important to low-income people. A resounding “YES” would be another show of how Christie is so in league with big businessmen and so out of touch with New Jerseyans.  

When it’s all done and over with: Barbara Buono will hold her after-election event at Novita Bistro & Lounge at 25 New Street, Metuchen, starting at 7:00pm. Christie will hold his event at the Asbury Park Convention Center, a once proud building but now crumbling – perhaps a symbol of where Christie is heading. Just a few blocks away Democrat Edward Zipprich, running for Assembly in LD 11, is holding his teams’ event at the Tides Hotel – a nicer facility with progressives you might like.

13 hours to Election, Buono releases bio video

In the countdown crunch of hours to go and the last touch to as many people as possible, Sen. Buono is out with a video retracing her biography to a state polling tells us still doesn’t hear her like they hear Gov. Chris Christie’s well-documented roar.

Her union butcher dad, and substitute teacher mom. His early death, her own hardscrabble years getting through college and law school, and the insight into the lives of those also struggling. Testimonials from Rep. Frank Pallone, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, and others.

You know what, punk? I’m tired of you, too. I’m voting for Buono.

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Cross-posted with Bob Braun’s Ledger

ChristietiredI am voting for Barbara Buono to take New Jersey back from the “bipartisan,” billionaire-funded coalition of bullies, punks and cowardly sycophants  who are using the state as a testing ground for a future national assault on the welfare of the poor, working people, and  the middle class. That makes voting for Buono Tuesday an essential act of  patriotism.

I am voting for Barbara Buono because she acts with dignity and treats people with respect. Frankly, without those qualifications, I don’t care much about the rest. Despite the snarkiness of main stream media and stand-up comics-including those holding public office-I am tired of depictions of Jersey residents as crude, coarse, and stupid-depictions confirmed by a governor who is crude, coarse, and stupid. Or thinks he can gain votes and national attention by acting that way.

I am voting for Barbara Buono because she acted with courage and poise when other Democrats either ran from the Bully-in-Chief out of fear or sucked up to him for what they could gain.  She was repeatedly stabbed in the back by party colleagues who care more about their own insignificant futures-where do you think you are going in Christieland, Joe D?-than they do about the future of the state and the nation.  I am tired of Democrats who behave like obsequious little fawns whenever the Big Boy is in town.

More reasons, below the fold.

What’s Happening Today Sun. 11/03/2013

Three more days of GOTV and the election is over: Real Clear Politics in the last three polls indicates that in October Sen. Barbara Buono made substantial gains in reducing Christie’s point spread advantage: +33 (Quinnipiac 10/27) +24 (Stockton College 10/28) and +19  (Farleigh Dickinson 10/30). But time is quickly running out. Shame on the bosses, Christiecrats and Democratic leaders who have been indifferent to antagonistic toward her. Personally I think they deserve a flogging or worse. A lot of people have spent a huge amount of effort trying to convince others that Barbara Buono would be a far superior governor than Christie. It has been frustrating that others just don’t get it. There is always a chance she might succeed on Tuesday and that a strong last-minute GOTV will make a difference.

Sen. Buono and Milly Silva have a busy schedule today in five counties.

Barbara Buono: 10:00am, Nutley Democrats Annual Pre-Election Breakfast, The Chandelier, 340 S. Franklin Ave., Belleville;  10;20am, Belleville Democrats Annual Pre-Election Breakfast, The Chandelier, 340 S. Franklin Ave., Belleville;  Paramus Democrats Breakfast, 11:15am, The Venetian, 546 River Dr., Garfield;  Barbara Buono: 12:15pm, Teaneck Phone Bank, 549 Cedar Ln., Teaneck;  1:15pm, Passaic County Phone Bank, Passaic County Democratic HQ, 668 McBride Ave., Woodland Park;  3:00pm, with NJ State Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie and Senator Nellie Pou, Unity Rally, Hamilton and Ward, 101 Ward St., Paterson.

Milly Silva: 9:30am, Fairview Democrats Breakfast, La Grande Buffet, 127 Bergen Blvd., Fairview;  10:45am, Union Township Democratic Breakfast, Suburban Gold Club, 1730 Morris Ave., Union;  12:10pm, Plainfield Phone Bank, 211 W. Front St., Plainfield;  2:15pm, with  Senator Cory Booker, Malandra Hall, New Jersey Road, Camden.  

U. S. Sen. Cory Booker will be in Burlington County for two events today on Sunday to help get out out the vote for county and legislaitve candidates. Bring your friends and family members to meet our newly sworn-in Senator. 11:30am, Mount Laurel Rally, Tricia Meadows Clubhouse, 27 Patricia Lane, Mount Laurel;  4:00pm, Burlington City Rally, American Legion Slade-Valentine Post 336, Clarkson & Linden Avenue, Burlington City. We have a chance to turn Burlington County Democratic for the first time in over 35 years.     

Even Mitt Romney was suspicious of Chris Christie: Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in their book Double Down: Game Change 2012 to be published on Monday write, According to a memo on Mr. Christie who left numerous questions unanswered on his vetting form, there were concerns on a defamation lawsuit against the governor from earlier in his political career, on a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement involving Mr. Christie’s brother, on names and documentation of his household help, on information from his time as a securities industry lobbyist, and on his medical history.

Open thread: Add an event taking place today of interest to our readers, or email items for this column the evening before to BillOrr563@gmail.com

Barack Obama tells me to “Go win an election.” Uh, ok.

So, I just got an email from the Leader of the Free World. He told me to Go win an election.

Well, first of all, Mr. President. I intend to. Three, actually. I intend to see Marie Corfield sworn in to the NJ General Assembly in January, 2014. And Karen Giffen and Noelle O’Donnell become Flemington, NJ’s newest Borough Council members. Thanks for asking.  

And hey, thanks for coming to Asbury Park in May. So cool of you. But it was kind of icky that with all the time you spent buddied up with Gov. Christie, you passed right by Senator Buono, top of our ticket in the party you lead. Didn’t single her out, talk to her, even throw a word of cheer. You walked right by her. I’m a little confused. You say:

In many states across the country, Election Day is next Tuesday. In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe is running to be the state’s next governor against a guy who led the charge to sue to end Obamacare. In New York City, Bill de Blasio is running on a platform of progressive change for America’s largest city. In New Jersey, Barbara Buono and other Democrats are running to build a better future for people in their state. In Texas, in Michigan, and other states across the country, cities are holding municipal elections.

Nice of you to mention Buono, even if it is last behind McAuliffe (VA) and de Blasio (NYC) in an email you sent to me in New Jersey. But it’s cool. I’m pretty sure it’s the first thing you’ve ever done for the Democratic campaign for Governor of New Jersey.

Kind of redefines the concept of the absolute very least that you could do. As you’re asking me to make the magic happen. We’re 85 hours to Election. Thanks. You’re a pal.  

To Democrats who Plan to Vote for Christie on Tuesday

The person you vote for is your prerogative. People who always vote strictly on party lines are probably not really thinking things through. Heck, I’m a Democratic committeeperson but have occasionally opted for a Republican either because I really felt that candidate was better than his or her opponent or I wanted to strengthen the two-party system by voting for a sane Republican. Unfortunately, they are a dying breed.

My guess is that you’re voting for Christie for one of two reasons.

Let’s get the first reason out of the way first, because it’s insidious but probably not that pervasive unless you are a Democratic officeholder. You’ve either negotiated a quid pro quo with the Christie campaign or you’re allowing yourself to be bullied so that your municipality doesn’t suffer from the Wrath of Christie. You’re the anti-Buono – not because you don’t like the Democratic candidate, but unlike Buono, you are sacrificing your principles for political gain. To that I say, “shame on you.”

The more likely reason that you’re voting for Christie is that you have fallen for his propaganda – the mythical persona created by his campaign and his staffers, and abetted by the media. In his 1968 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, George Romney said that he was “brainwashed” by the generals on the status of the Viet Nam war. It doomed his campaign, but in 20/20 hindsight, we know that Romney was right.

Today, many Democrats and Independents are being brainwashed by a taxpayer-funded propaganda machine that would make the KGB drool. YouTube videos show Christie triumphantly standing on a reconstructed boardwalk, while blocks away Sandy-damaged homes are littering the shore landscape and their owners are still displaced. Christie campaign material touts a balanced budget, even though every governor in recent history has met that constitutional mandate. What’s not mentioned is that Christie’s accomplishment was done on the backs of public workers, the middle class, and the poor. You’re being fooled into believing that Christie is a moderate Republican because he’s not as crazy as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, but you’re ignoring the fact that Christie is in the pocket of the same Koch Brothers who granted Steve Lonegan his 15 minutes of fame. Repeatedly.

So, my fellow Democrats – take the easy path and don’t do your homework. Vote for Christie because you buy into his myths and that’s the easy thing to do. Let New Jersey slip further back into an economic morass while your taxes are used to provide breaks for the wealthy. And a year from now, enjoy your voter’s remorse as you pass my car on the Turnpike with my bumper sticker that reads, “Don’t blame me – I voted for Buono.”

What’s Happening Today Fri. 11/01/2013

Sen. Cory Booker and former Senators Jeff Chiesa and Frank Lautenberg. Yesterday at the brief swearing-in ceremony administered by Vice President Joe Biden Cory Booker was accompanied by New Jersey’s senior Senator Bob Menendez. Joe Biden, famous for his bloopers, first referred to Senator Menendez as Frank, then as Fred, and finally as Bob. Democratic Senators were on hand to welcome Booker, whereas the Repubican side of the chamber appeared empty.

Booker’s immediate predecessor Republican Jeff Chiesa has said he might be interested in running for the Senate sometime in the future. For the present he probably will soon be holding a high-paying job in a law firm. Next year he might be tapped by Christie to serve as Chief Justice of the NJ Supreme Court if Christie denies tenure to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Chiesa supported the Republican position on the shutdown until the last minute when he voted to end the lunacy and joined the majority. On the immigration bill he supported the Republican amendments which were defeated, but he did vote in favor of the final bill. He also supported the Farm Bill, which House Republicans do not like. He was active in one of his key concerns to reduce human trafficking. His short tenure from June through October makes it difficult to assess his performance. Somewhat in the mold of Chris Christie (without the swagger and big mouth of  his mentor) he espoused conservative Republican beliefs but was also often pragmatic and bi-partisan.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg left Booker a prodigious record of progressive accomplishments. Although Booker as Senator is still a blank page, he  fervently espouses most of the same causes. As a passionate orator and hyperkinetic individual, he certainly will be more engaging, entertaining, and interesting than the staid Jeff Chiesa. In addition to his Senatorial duties, Booker also faces re-election next year for a full six-year term.

ELEC report on spending through October 25: Gov. Christie raised $13.2 million, spent $9.2 million and has cash on hand of $4 million. Barbara Buono raised $2.8 million, spent $2.4 million and has cash on hand of $276,000. Her inability to raise more funds has been a big impediment: she has been able to conduct retail politics but not wholesale politics. Overall Campaign Spending: $107.8 million: Gubernatorial: $21.4 million, Legislative: $48.7 million, Independent Special Intetest Groups: $37.8 milion. The top two Legislative District expenditures: LD 3: $3.7 million and LD 38: $3 million. For more interesting stuff in this report released yesterday, go here.


Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 7:25am, The Curtis Slliwa Show, Radio interview, 970 AM;  Buono: 10:00am, Opportunity Tour: Jobs and the Economy, Nutley Diner, 372 Centre St, Nutley;  Barbara Buono: 12:00pm, press conference, Imagination Station Playground, Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 10:45am, Empire Diner, Parsippany;  11:55am, Tick Tock Diner, Clifton;  1:00pm, Glen Ridge Community Center, Glen Ridge;  2:10pm, Hispanic Statewide Chamber of Commerce Expo, NJ City University, Jersey City;  3:20pm, Lanni’s Appliances, Rutherford;  4:45pm, River Edge Pizza Kitchen, River Edge;  5:45pm, Bergen County GOP headquarters, Hackensack;  7:20, rally, Elks Lodge, Harrison.

Open thread: Add an event taking place today of interest to our readers, or email items for this column the evening before to BillOrr563@gmail.com

Melissa – Life under minimum wage

The Barbara Buono campaign released this video today, spotlighting the need for a raise in New Jersey’s minimum wage – the story, in her own words, of Melissa. She’s a single mother in Newark. Two part-time jobs, 6 or 7 days a week to support her daughter. New Jersey has the fifth highest cost of living in America. And our minimum wage is the lowest permissible under federal law.

Vote Yes on Question 2.

Why did the Governor cross the road?

-1About a dozen “chickens” have arrived at the Statehouse. With Chris Christie’s name on them. It’s a student protest from the kids at from TCNJ college students on behalf of kids from Trenton Central High School because their Governor is too chicken to ride down the street and face them for a frank talk about their school.

They call it the Tasty Chicken Brigade.

Trenton Central High School has black mold, and some of its ceilings are falling down. The walls are crumbling. And when the roof leaks, which is often, it sets off the fire alarms. This is where  the students go to school. Five days a week.

Barbara Buono has seen it; the stairwell students call “the waterfall,” the plywood that substitutes for solid flooring. And she’s called on the Governor to release SDA funds to take care of the situation. Numerous legislators – including Assembly members Reed Gusciora and Bonnie Watson Coleman and Sen. Shirley Turner – have tried to get Gov. Christie to come to the school and visit and talk to his constituents, the kids who go there and the educators who teach there.

IMG_9570Even the high school students have had to take to the streets to rally for their own health and well-being, saying they need to be their own advocates in the face of the state’s failure to help them.

But Christie is, essentially, ignoring all this, as he does his campaign bus victory laps talking to adoring Republicans about how great a job he says he did rebuilding after a hurricane.

Good for the students. My favorite sign is the “give a cluck” one, below the fold.