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Gina Genovese

It was fitting that we chose Princeton as the site for an interview with independent gubernatorial candidate Gina Genovese. After all, the consolidation of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough in 2013 is a success story that is unfortunately all too…
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A look at the new NJ-21 (and a brief history)

by Stephen Yellin

First, a friendly welcome to the residents of Kenilworth, Chatham Borough, Bernards Township and Far Hills (all 919 of you in the last case) to the 21st Legislative District of New Jersey. I hope you find your accommodations comfortable, as you’ll be staying here for the next 10 years. šŸ™‚

Second, we in the 21st bid a fond farewell to Chatham Township, Madison and Millburn, which will now have a Democratic delegation to represent them in the form of Dick Codey, John McKeon and Mila Jasey. While this Berkeley Heights resident is more than a little jealous to be less than a mile away from having this awesome trio as my delegation, I take comfort in knowing that my friends at Drew University will get to know another awesome ex-Governor a lot better in the year ahead*.  

Gina Genovese Talks Municipal Consolidation on Blue Jersey Radio LIVE Tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Gina Genovese, Exec. Dir., Courage to Connect NJ

Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls.

This week: we’re LIVE with Gina Genovese, Executive Director of Courage to Connect NJ, talking about the organization, what they’re hoping to accomplish, and how it’s going so far. Municipal consolidation fans and critics – listen up. This isn’t really a partisan issue at all – it’s one that we’re going to be doing an awful lot of talking about across the political spectrum.

Plus, all the news that slips from print in New Jersey – we’ll be talking about it. Drop your comments, predictions or questions down below, then tune in and join the conversation!

It’s all LIVE, tonight at 8:00 p.m.

And, of course – you can always give us a call and have your say. That number again is: 646-652-2773.

Talk to you then!

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A message from the Gina Genovese for Senate campaign

  On behalf of Gina, we want to thank everyone who helped us and provided support in our race against Tom Kean Junior in the 21st District.  In what ended up being a very Republican year in the 21st District (only 4 Dems running for local office won in the 21st), we were proud of the campaign that we ran.  We stayed positive while being buried by hundreds of thousands of dollars of negative attacks, and kept the soon to be minority leader occupied in his own district.
  We were proud to run a campaign focused on stem cell research, property tax reform, environmental action and equality for all New Jerseyans.  We hope that those inspired to work for Gina in the 21st work in 2008 to help out Linda Stender, Tom Wyka, Senator Frank Lautenberg and others who share our progressive values.
Chip Robinson
Campaign Manager, Gina Genovese for NJ Senate

I still believe in Gina Genovese

To quote that old saying:  Reports of our death have been greatly exagerated. 

Politicsnj.com continues to insist that our campaign has no chance in hell to win. Tom Kean Junior is too well known.  The district is too Republican.  Thats fine.  We rather like it that way. 

I come from Morris County.  In our county, Democrats aren’t expected to win anything outside of Dover or Morristown.  For years i would work on our campaigns in Morris Township and people would tell me our efforts were fruitless, that we would never elect a Democrat in Morris Township etc. People would tell me they were the only Democrat on their block, and then i would walk right next door and find more Democrats that their neighbors had never talked to.  On May 1st, we changed all that by electing our first Democrat in 35 years.  Many elder Democrats in our town came up to me and thought they would never see a Democrat elected in our town.

Now, with some saying that Gina has no chance, has no money, Kean Junior is too well liked, the district is too Republican, its like DeJavu all over again.  I know the numbers of this district, and i know Gina has a great shot to win this thing.  I know how the district is fed up with Bush, and people like Tom Kean Junior who vote to deny stem cell funding and minimum wage increases.  I know how the district is fiscally conservative and would support a successful businesswoman like Gina.  I know how they are fed up with corruption and want someone who is a committed reformer and who supports public funding of elections, not someone who ran a nasty smear campaign against Menendez. 

  I also know what hard work can do towards winning a campaign.  If you want it more, even if you are outnumbered, you can take it  We’ve proved that in such Morris County towns as Morris Township, Chatham Boro, Madison and others. 

  I still believe in Gina and I hope you do too!  Please visit our website at www.GinaGenovese.com or call 908-464-3057 and sign up to volunteer! 

Chip Robinson
Campaign Manager, Gina Genovese for NJ Senate

Women in New Jersey’s Legislature (w/Poll)

When 2007 began, women held just 23 of the 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature. That’s only 7 women in the Senate out of 40, and only 16 Assemblywomen out of 80. Of those 23 female legislators, 16 were Democrats, including 5 of the 7 Senators.

What a difference a day week year can make. Turns out, my predictions last week kinda sorta came true, with the recent unpleasantness producing two brand new Assemblywomen, Elease Evans (LD-35) and Mila Jasey (LD-27), and a very likely winner this fall added to the 38th District ballot, Connie Wagner.

Add them to primary winners earlier this year – likely future Senators Dana Redd (LD-5), Teresa Ruiz (LD-29), and Sandra Cunningham (LD-31); and likely future Assemblywomen Cleopatra Tucker (LD-28), Grace Spencer (LD-29) and Caridad Rodriguez (LD-33), and suddenly, the Legislature is starting to feel a little more estrogenated. Without a single upset in November, we’re already looking at a record 10 women in the Senate (8 of them Democrats), and a record 21 women in the Assembly (16 of them Democrats).

That’s right – there will be more Democratic women in the legislature next year than there are women total there now. Historic, yes. But, still nowhere near where we ought to be.

Of course, there’s still more story to tell, because it wouldn’t be election season if there weren’t a cool upset or two brewing. With a record number of women challenging Republicans all over the state, how many more women do you think can land in the legislature next year?

*Take the poll* on the flip (and share the reasons for your votes in the comments):