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Blue Jersey Radio LIVE at 7:30 p.m. with New DSC Exec. Director Sean Downey

Sean Downey, veteran of Chris Dodd’s presidential campaign, Evan Bayh’s All-America PAC, and Joe Lieberman’s Senate office, has been named the new Executive Director for the NJDSC. He starts January 3, 2011. The state Dems have been without a captain since Rob Angelo went to take his “dream job” as Northeast regional representative of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and that was 3 months ago.



Downey will be our guest on Blue Jersey Radio tonight at 7:30pm. What should Jeff and Jay ask him?

DSC Chair John Wisniewski:

I am thrilled to welcome Sean Downey as the new Executive Director for the Democratic State Committee. He brings experience as a leader, strong fundraiser, excellent organizer and talented communicator who has been involved with campaigns and government on the Federal, State and Local levels.

It’s interesting that Wisniewski hired from out of state, although Downey did grow up in Long Valley. In this state, we can’t seem to prevent the North Jersey and South Jersey Democrats from competing parochial interests, and the busload of political corruption arrests helpfully arranged by Chris Christie just before his governor’s election launch (plus the fact the scoundrels appear mostly to have been guilty) leaves a stain on the Democrats that is still a defining one. It’s completely arguable that any corruption infecting NJ Democrats is easily matched in Republicans. But we’re talking about perception, and that, plus the fact New Jerseyans think what they’re seeing every day is a media-savvy feature story of a governor mow down Democrats who haven’t figured out how to coordinate yet … well, you can understand why the Democrats might want to bring in somebody who doesn’t seem to owe anybody here anything, a fresh breeze.

The DSC news release touts the desire to “build a more grassroots focused organization”. That’s a term a lot of us are used to seeing claimed by infrastructural Democrats, but we don’t always see it transacted. We’d like to see it transacted, and it would be good to see a 21-County Strategy here; to really run one we need to de-emphasize the centralized power county chairs have, and strengthen the party from the ground up. In the age of Obama, these are goals the national Dems don’t appear to have. But it would be great to see that happen in New Jersey first. New Jersey needs it.

A little more on Downey’s background after the jump. Or you can listen in Wednesday when he’s our guest at Blue Jersey Radio, and maybe even call in and talk to him yourself. We’re so glad he’s making time for this interview.  

Blue Jersey Radio Returns – LIVE Tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Assemblyman Pete Barnes

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This Week: Jeff and I welcome Assemblyman Peter Barnes, the newly minted Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. BlueJersey was a loud and vocal critic of the choice, obviously preferring one of Barnes’s more liberal colleagues. That prompted the Assemblyman to introduce himself (and his progressive bona fides) to the BlueJersey community. That’s what’s on tap for tonight.

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Blue Jersey Radio Returns – LIVE Tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Senator Linda Greenstein

Sen. Linda Greenstein
Senator Linda Greenstein

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

Tonight: We’re back for our new season (after a short post-election hiatus), and as promised, we’re kicking things off with a terrific guest: Assemblywoman Senator Linda Greenstein who was sworn in this week to her new role as one of just ten female Senators in New Jersey.

If you’re looking for bright spots coming out of the 2010 elections in New Jersey, you needn’t look much further than the 14th Legislative District, where then-Assemblywoman Greenstein won handily in what should have made news as a small repudiation of Governor Christie in his own backyard.

Of course, if Greenstein were a republican, they’d be calling her a “rising star.” Instead, we’ll have to settle for the democrats’ quietly increasing their Senate majority to 24-16 by promoting one of their most independent and progressive Assemblymembers to the upper chamber. (And it sure can’t have hurt Rush Holt’s race to have Greenstein running so strongly down-ballot!) I’ll take results over labels any day!

Have some questions for our newest progressive Senator? Drop ’em in the comments.

Or join us LIVE from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. tonight, and have your say. We’ll be ready for your calls at: (646) 652-2773

And, remember, if you miss the show, you can always go back and listen to the archive, or download them on iTunes.

Better yet, plan ahead so you don’t miss next week’s show, Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30p, when our guest will be: Greenstein’s replacement as Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Chairman, Assemblyman Peter Barnes.

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Another World AIDS Day without access to Medical Marijuana

Today is World AIDS Day. Sadly, on account of Governor Chris Christie, folks with HIV/AIDS (plus cancer) won’t have legal access to medical marijuana to help manage their treatments.

I hope you’ll take a peek at this video and PLEASE pass it around to anyone whose heart might need softening. Because being terminally ill is hard enough without being a criminal to boot.

Trenton in a Minute. Jubilation Edition

This was posted just under the news roundup, so I’m pulling it up top again. – promoted by Rosi

Some days in Trenton are better than others. For the sake of thousands of kids who are gay (or fat or smart or whatever else might get him/her bullied) yesterday at the state house was quite possibly life-saving.

Jay Lassiter: Named One of the Top 100 Political Power Players of 2010

Congratulations to Blue Jersey’s Jay Lassiter, who hit #96 on the mostly-annual Power List put out by politickernj. Here’s what politicker had to say about Jay:

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Jay Lassiter

Progressive Activist


The Blue Jersey blogger is an iconoclast, tech savvy media artiste, street warrior for marriage equality, and un-intimidated presence in the halls of Trenton power as he aggressively pursues liberal causes. He squeaked out the readers’ choice poll but would have made this year’s list either way.

We’re so damned proud. Provocateur, storyteller and fashion plate, Jay was the first blogger to cover the NJ State House, one of the first bloggers anywhere to become a routine presence in covering any state legislature, as the New York Times noted when they profiled Jay. In an earlier iteration, when the world was young, Blue Jersey founder Juan Melli was named Politician of the Year (2006) and #17 Most Powerful (2007).

… Nobody else but Jay Lassiter would nail NOM like this.

… Or rock out elections on two continents.

… Or go with Loretta Weinberg and get it on video when she did this.

… And who the hell else would dare to do this.

The rest of politicker’s Power List, most of the numbers higher than Jay’s, aren’t like him. Let’s face it. Most of those folks are on the list because they spend their waking hours jockeying for position, or positioning those jockeying for position. Or they bring the money, honey. Jay’s blue plate special is bringing the hearts and minds. He’s Blue Jersey Fresh and Juicy. Congratulations #96.

Blue Jersey Radio – Election Recap Tonight at 8:00 p.m.

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This Week: Ah, this week. This week, this week, this week. We’ll look back on this week one day with horror no doubt. But for now, it’s time to walk through the rubble looking for valuables, and treasured keepsakes. Can you help?

Our call-in guests help make this show great and we love it when callers share their questions and their wisdom with us. That number again is (646) 652-2773 and we want you to call.  

We hope you’ll catch us live and call in, but we’re podcast-able, too.  You won’t want to miss an episode – and of course, you never have to. Listen to them all on Blogtalkradio, or download any show on iTunes.

So join us tonight for a special Wednesday edition for a little bit o’ this, and a little bit o’ that. Talk to you later!  

Election Day Fever. We Got it BAD at Blue Jersey Radio!

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Join us tonight for our Election Day Special! This will be our last chance to dish before going to the polls, so let’s make the most of it shall we?

Are you running for office or working on a campaign? Join us! Let us know the vibe where you are!

We’re live at 8:00 p.m., and we’d love to know what you’re thinking. Or, drop your thoughts in the comments, and we’ll discuss them on the show.

That’s tonight (Wednesday)at 8:00 p.m. for a little bit o’ this, and a metric ton o’ that.

You won’t want to miss an episode – and of course, you never have to. Listen to them all on Blogtalkradio, or download any show on iTunes. Talk to you later!