Tag Archive: 2007

The NJ-39 Series: Show Some “Love” to Dispel Some Hate

Up until now, I haven’t made any financial pleas for New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District. This is because I feel as if “getting the word out” about the district, its out-of-touch Republican incumbents (Gerry Cardinale, John Rooney and Charlotte Vandervalk) and the Democrats taking them on (Joe Ariyan, Esther Fletcher and Carl Manna) was more important. In fact, it still is, because turning NJ-39 blue – with your help – will not only be a tremendous victory for New Jersey and its Democratic Party, but will serve as a textbook example of how to turn the suburbs and exurbs of America Democratic as well. I’m working hard to turn State Senator Cardinale and his Assembly running mates out of office – and now I need your help.


The NJ-39 Series: meet Joe Ariyan

–  By Stephen Yellin

In my last two articles on New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District, I discussed why the Republican incumbent, Gerald “Gerry” Cardinale was too extreme to represent a rapidly changing district (towards the left, I might add), and why it’s time to fire him. Today, I want to introduce you all to his Democratic opponent, and why he should be hired to serve in the New Jersey State Senate. His name is Joe Ariyan, and he’ll be an excellent State Senator for New Jersey. His life and credentials will tell you why.

My previous articles on NJ-39:

Gerry Cardinale and the Gun Lobby: Perfect Together

Promoted from the diaries — Juan

Yesterday I profiled New Jersey State Senator Gerald “Gerry” Cardinale and his ultra-conservative positions that he’s taken throughout his 25-year career. However, I deliberately did not mention his most extreme belief – on gun control. Let me be clear: New Jersey is NOT an NRA-friendly state. In fact, one reason former Governor Jim Florio nearly won reelection in 1993 after dropping to an 18% approval rating was because of his courageous efforts to promote gun safety and reform the state’s gun laws. One of his chief opponents in that fight was Gerry Cardinale. And after 25 years as a State Senator, Cardinale continues to promote an extreme, NRA-style agenda on gun control that is way out of line with New Jersey voters.

Meet Gerry Cardinale: New Jersey’s Mitch McConnell

By Stephen Yellin

A few days ago, I introduced you all to New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District, and why it matters to New Jersey and the country at large in 2007. You can read the article at http://www.bluejerse… . Today, I want to start tackling the opposition; for, even though NJ-39 has moved leftward, the incumbents have stayed on the far-right of the political spectrum. And that is especially true of Gerald “Gerry” Cardinale, the district’s State Senator since 1981. In many ways, Cardinale is a New Jersey version of Mitch McConnell; arrogant, divisive, out of touch with political and social changes and blindly loyal to the special interests who back his campaigns. Cardinale’s platform and values better echo 1907 than 2007, and today I’m going to show you why.

Meet NJ-39: A Microcosm of a Nation Turning Blue

By Stephen Yellin

This diary is an introduction to what I believe will be one of the most exciting races to watch in 2007 – and a race that is a microcosm of the United States at large. New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District is worth watching for three reasons:

1. The changing dynamics of the suburbs of America – both in New Jersey and across the country. A victory in NJ-39 would serve as a template for races across America.

2. Clearing obstructionist, out-of-touch Republicans out of office, in order to better present a progressive agenda for New Jersey. After all, would you want a State Senator who opposes a woman’s right to choose – even for rape and incest? Or a State Assemblyman who bullies his constituents?  Again, this would serve as a template for both state and Congressional races all over this country.

3. A Democratic ticket that represents a microcosm of the suburbs – a young, driven attorney for State Senate, a teacher and community activist for one Assembly seat, and a Wall Street manager and business leader for the other. Joe Ariyan, Esther Fletcher and Carl Manna represent an impressive coalition of the Democratic Party’s membership and values.

A grand old Democrat takes one for the team in NJ…again

(crossposted at Daily Kos, http://www.dailykos….

Starting today, I’m going to be concentrating on New Jersey’s legislative races, which are up this November. New Jersey, while nominally a Democratic state has many pockets of Republican strength remaining, and I’ll be working this fall to add some blue to those “reddish” areas of the state. More about that soon.

Tonight, however I want to tell an inspirational tale from the “heartland” of Republican New Jersey: Morris County. The Democratic candidate in question is running for the State Senate in District 25, against Republican incumbent Anthony Bucco. He has no website, no blog, and no money. He is in many ways your typical “sacrificial lamb” candidate. Yet Frank Herbert is in some respects very, very different from the sacrificial lamb type. Let me tell you about him and his remarkable story.

LiveBlog: Gina Genovese HQ Grand Opening

510PM: I am at Gina Genovese’s (http://www.ginagenov…) headquarters in Bekrley Heights, New Jersey (588 Springfield Avenue, for those not in the know), where the campaign team is about to formally open for business at 6PM. In reality, we have been open for several weeks now, in a comfy brick building along a busy intersection. From 11 in the morning ’till 8 at night, Gina’s headquarters has been teeming with activity. And today we’re inviting Democrats from all over the 21st Legislative District (and elsewhere) to see what we’re up to.

We’re going to take out Tom Kean, Jr. in November 2007. Today is the first day we show why.

(More below, w/pictures tomorrow)

Upset City in Morris County Freeholder Race

I’ll keep this brief, because I’m tired and want to go to bed, but I thought this would be of interest.

In Morris County, the GOP had its open primary for Freeholder. An elderly frequent candidate, James “Jim” Murray decided to run, and was initially kicked off the ballot by County GOP boss John Sette. Murray was successful in getting back on the ballot, however. Now, he has his revenge. With 97% of the vote in, he’s ousted Freeholder John Inglesino from his seat! Results in the extended entry…

On seeing my name on a ballot for the first time

Today is a special day in my life.

Today is not the first time I will be voting (my fourth, actually), but it is the first time I have seen my name on an official ballot.

Today is not the first time I have run for an office (I was active in my high school political organization, JSA, and ran for Mayor of the group in 2005), but it is the first time I am running to serve with adults, not just people of my own age.

Today I am voting for myself for Union County (NJ) Democratic Committeeman. It is a strange feeling, to say the least.

TODAY: Rally for Loretta Weinberg, Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri-Huttle. PLEASE JOIN US!

Update: The room is full with some people having to stand. There’s about 250-300 people attending the rally.

Update 2: More people are still arriving. The unions say “we stand up for the people who have always stood up for us.”

Update 3: In attendance: HPAE, Local 164, laborers local 592, CWA, Firefighters union district 37, Garden State Equality, Phyllis Salloway-Kaye of Citizen Action

Update 4: Also attending: Amy Goldsmith of the NJ Environmental Federation, SEIU, UFCW, Mike Herson of the Sierra Club.

Join us Wednesday, January 17 at 4 pm in Paramus at a HUGE RALLY of union leaders and progressive activists to support Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

Wednesday, January 17 at 4 pm
IBEW 164 Union Hall Auditorium
205 Robin Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

4 pm: Loretta, Gordon and Valerie hold a pre-rally meeting with progressive activists — they want to talk to us before the hoopla.  A photographer will be present to take photos of each of us with the legislators.

5 pm:  The rally itself.  A who’s who of labor and progressive activists across the state — it’s going to be amazing.

Here’s why the event has historic significance:  There aren’t enough times when we progressives join with our incredible friends from the labor movement in political action.  New Jersey, as you know, is per capita the most unionized state in America.  And thanks in huge part to Blue Jersey, its bloggers and their other respective organizations, New Jersey right now is the hottest place for progressive activism in America.

Imagine all we can achieve when progressives and labor unite! 

This event is also when we progressives, almost all of us staunch Democrats, stand up to a county party machine when it strays from the values of progressive, clean and open government that we cherish by not expressing sufficient support for incredible legislators like Loretta, Gordon and Valerie – reformers and champions of justice everyday in every way.

What an incredible signal we’re sending with this event, one that will reverberate politically statewide. 

So join us
Wednesday, January 17 at 4 pm
IBEW 164 Union Hall Auditorium
205 Robin Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.  Best, Steven, cell (917) 449-8918, Goldstein@GardenStateEquality.org.

Love you, Blue Jersey!