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Progressive Jason Castle MUST be Bergen Freeholder

With a new Freeholder opening in Bergen County the position must go to Community Activist Honorable Jason Patrick Castle.

The Progressive Community took a hit when Kathleen Donovan was not re-elected. While Donovan was engaged in massive wheeling

Now it is time for Jason Castle to take his spot as Bergen Freeholder.


Why are the Party Bosses holding Honorable Castle down?  Is it because he may replace departing Assemblyman Gordon Johnson? Is it because the Party Bosses are keeping the Congressional seat #5 from him?

First they kept him off the Bergen Transition Team and party bosses like  Activist Jeff Goldstein, Teaneck exMayor Elie Katz, are placed on it and it is now time that Castle be made Freeholder


Don’t Hold Your Breath, Loretta

Well, here’s a shock:

Five days after Gov. Chris Christie urged the news media to “take a bat out on her,” meaning Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) for taking a $36,000 annual public pension while continuing to be paid $49,000 as a legislator, the governor’s office said Monday he will not be offering an apology.

Weinberg, 76, and other Democratic leaders have charged the remark shows insensitivity toward women, especially the physically abused.

“No,” Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary, said when asked if the governor would apologize to Weinberg and if he had any additional comment.

I’ll only add that Corzine beat Christie among women by a mere five points. Think some of the 45% of women who voted for Christie might be starting to have some buyer’s remorse?

And don’t worry – he won’t won’t stop. He can’t. It’s who he is.

NY Times Points Out the Obvious

Give the NY Times credit for pointing out the obvious:

While Ms. Weinberg and Mr. DiVincenzo took advantage of the same law, their cases are quite different. She is 76, an age at which Social Security, 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts require people to collect pension payments, whether or not they are working. He is 58, not old enough to collect Social Security, or to withdraw money from any retirement accounts without penalties.

Mr. DiVincenzo is paid more than $153,000 a year for his full-time position, and his pension is almost $69,000 a year. The salary for Ms. Weinberg’s part-time job is $49,000, and her pension is about $36,000.

If you’re going to “take a bat” to Weinberg for numbers so small, I’d suggest using one made for whiffle ball.

Pots and Kettles

Just to be clear about how things now work in New Jersey:

It is terribly, horribly wrong to send a tasteless joke about the governor to a private email list – especially a joke like this:

“Dear Lord … this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. … I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

Apparently, this joke is so awful that Christie felt he should harp on it six months later.

It is perfectly fine, however, for the same governor to tell the press they should “take the bat” to a 76-year-old state senator. And if you find that offensive, well, that’s your problem:

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said Weinberg was taking the governor’s comments out of context. “That’s a complete contextual distortion,” he said, adding that anyone who was “in the room would know that.”


Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) accused Christie of “directly advocating for violence against women.”

Drewniak said Stender’s statement was “twisted.”

“It’s a ridiculous and over-the-top distortion to deflect from Senator Weinberg’s pension double-dipping,” he said.

I can’t think of an acceptable “context” in which a standing governor could call publicly for “taking the bat” to a 76-year-old woman, but I’m sure that’s just me. Chris Christie is, after all, nothing if not classy…

Assembly refuses to rush S-1; plans to work on comprehensive housing policy for the fall

Thanks for the shout-out. Promoted by Rosi Efthim

June 30 has come and gone – the day that Gov. Christie and Sen. Lesniak had set as their deadline for passing S1, the deeply flawed and unconstitutional proposal to overhaul New Jersey’s housing policy. Thanks to an upswell of opposition to S1 and to the leadership of Speaker Sheila Oliver, Majority Leader Joe Cryan, Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee Chair and Vice-Chair Jerry Green and Mila Jasey, and Assembly Economic Growth Committee Chair Al Coutinho, S1 did not pass. Instead, the Legislature will work on alternative approaches to changing New Jersey’s housing policy over the summer.

Looking back, June was quite a busy month for those who opposed S1:

June 3 – S1 voted out of Senate Economic Growth committee. Although there was a strong showing of opposition from a wide range of groups, Sen. Lesniak did not allow any testimony at the hearing.  

June 3 – Statement released by every Catholic Bishop in New Jersey in opposition to S1 and support of Mount Laurel doctrine.

June 7 – Star-Ledger editorial opposing S1 process; further editorials throughout June from Asbury Park Press, Courier-News, Home News Tribune, New Jersey Law Journal also oppose the bill.

June 9 – Over 100 civil rights, environmental, special needs and supportive housing, religious, and labor groups release statement in opposition to S1.

June 10 – S1 was passed by the Senate. Senator Rice, Turner and Weinberg voted no.  The following Senators abstained or did not vote:  Allen, Madden Jr., Ruiz, Ciesla, Norcross, Vitale, Doherty and Smith. Sen. Norcross shortly after criticizes the bill as unfair to South Jersey, and Sen. Weinberg releases a statement explaining her no vote.

June 15 – A coalition of over 15 groups propose an alternative approach instead of S1 in a Trenton press conference, including the NAACP, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, New Jersey Regional Coalition, Sierra Club, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Supportive Housing Association, and Coalition on Affordable Housing and Environment.

June 17 – The Assembly Housing and Local Government committee held a hearing on S1.  Everyone who signed up was able to testify, providing the first open public hearing on the bill.  The hearing took almost four hours, and large flaws with the bill were vocalized with overwhelming opposition to the bill. At the end of the hearing, the committee decided not to take a vote.

June 24 – The Assembly Budget committee voted out A3055, extending suspension of statewide non-residential development fee to October 30, 2010, to the full Assembly. After Assembly votes to pass the bill with overwhelming support, Senate refuses to hear it.

June 26 – Despite vocal statements by the Christie administration and Sen. Lesniak alluding to having the bill on Christie’s desk by the end of the month, Speaker Oliver quoted by the Star-Ledger stating, “[S1] will not get a vote in committee this summer but we hope to get it to a point where we can vote on it in the fall.”

As we celebrate an interim victory, we look forward to working with the wide range of groups opposed to S1 and legislative leadership this summer to come up with a better approach to New Jersey’s housing policy, expanding on the joint proposal presented at the June 15 press conference.

We would like to thank Assembly Speaker Oliver, Majority Leader Cryan, Committee Chairs Green and Coutinho, and Vice-Chair Jasey, along with Sens. Norcross, Rice, Turner, and Weinberg, for their efforts to slow the rapid movement of the bill. We now hope that they will work to see that the best possible bill presented to the Legislature in the fall.

Most of all, we thank those 100-plus groups, and all of you on BlueJersey who worked hard to stop what seemed like, in the words of the Asbury Park Press, a “runaway train” and had faith in the democratic process. There were so many people who we would have never met except through BlueJersey that played a critical role in stopping S1 – thanks so much to all of you! As I said at the Bloggers Breakfast at the DfA training this Sunday, nobody should understimate the power of the BlueJersey community to help push important public policy in NJ.

Special thanks also go to the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, which partnered with us in leading the opposition to S1.  

We know we have a long road still ahead of us, and we look forward to walking it with you together.

It’s Official!!! Loretta Weinberg For LG!!!

Update….Calls are now going out In Corzine’s ioice)  inviting folks to the team kickoff event tomorrow!!!  

Just got this from the Corzine campaign…


This November, for the first time in our state’s history, New Jerseyans will have the opportunity to vote both for Governor and for the newly-created office of Lieutenant Governor.

I am proud to announce that I have selected State Senator Loretta Weinberg as my nominee to serve as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor.

I hope you’ll join both of us tomorrow, Saturday July 25th, at 2 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.


The Choice is Clear

Promoted by Jason Springer: Another week, with plenty of discussion about who the runningmate for Jon Corzine might be, but still no announcement. Do you agree with Paul’s take or do you have another school of thought?

Let’s cut to the chase:  The Democrat’s choice for Lieutenant Governor should be Loretta Weinberg.  She has the experience.  She has the record.  And she has the passion, temperament, and fortitude to rise to this historic occasion.

In other words, Loretta Weinberg has what it takes to be a great running mate and a great second-in-command — a fact even privately acknowledged by some of her most public critics.

Loretta Weinberg and the Campaign for Change

I am a Bergen County Resident who wants to volunteer for Barack Obama for President only one problem, my state Senator is attempting to use his campaign for her personal vendetta.

It is my understanding that she has held the Obama Campaign for Change in NJ hostage with idle threats if they were to coordinate with the Bergen County Democratic Organization.

I just don’t understand why she feels that her personal vendetta is more important than electing Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

Today I walked into the suposid headquarters at 36 Bergen St. and they did not have ANY PHONE LINES I guess she wants us to call with our hopes and dreams.

Luckally, I knew the BCDO was only around the corner so I went there instead.

There I was greeted by a smiling organizer that put me to work right away to help Elect Barack Obama.

Please Senator Weinberg put your personal vendetta aside until after the election just like you agreed to.

How was this missed last sunday?

The following is an excerpt from the Auditor from star Ledger:

“Meeting across the Pond When he's not out locking up crooked pols or (not so quietly) running for governor, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is often found on his way to or from a Bruce Springsteen concert. And even though The Boss was thou sands of miles and an ocean away last week, that didn't deter the federal lawman.
The Auditor caught up with Christie in London a couple days ago, after the U.S. attorney and his family took in not one but two shows on the European leg of Springsteen's tour. Christie, his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children caught The Boss first in Paris and then in London, between taking in sights such as the Louvre.
“Bruce, in Paris, was amazing,” said Christie, who's seen Springsteen in concert nearly 100 times. “The audience was pretty wild.”
Springsteen said he scored the tickets courtesy of Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, whose late father was an assistant U.S. attorney before Christie took over the office in 2002. Weinberg and Christie have become friends in recent years and, in light of the tour schedule, Christie said he was able to “plan the vacation in concert with the concerts.”
Understanding how much trouble could be caused by junkets and those who pay for them, Christie had a message for The Auditor: “Your readers should not be concerned about who paid for the concerts or my vacation.”
So how was this missed, who did pay for your trips Mr. Christie?

Weinberg, Johnson and Huttle (and Englewood) speak to the County!

Dear Fellow Democrat,

The new year has barely begun yet the political season- for better or worse- is already in full swing.

As a Bergen County Democratic County Committeeperson you’ve already been bombarded by numerous letters regarding changes in our bylaws, followed by letters stating those are now being changed along with even more confusing and contradictory assertions.

We’d like to get the campaign focus back to basics, back to what unites us as Democrats, back to our core values. Issues such as making health care more affordable and accessible, fighting for social justice, demanding tax fairness and fiscal responsibility, protecting our environment, educating our children and reforming government to put people ahead of special interests matter far more to us than the inside baseball of manipulating a convention.

We were honored and humbled by the recent outpouring of support for our candidacies. The people and organizations that have come together to be there for our team are – like you – the heart, soul and backbone of the Democratic Party and progressive politics. Organized labor, environmentalists, pro-consumer groups, health care reformers, GLBT advocates and advocates for seniors, women and people of color, netroots and grassroots Democrats are all part of our broad and deep coalition. Together they add up to an unprecedented show of support at this early date.

While we love a vigorous debate as much as anyone-maybe more, the current back and forth coming from the Chairman does little to advance a progressive agenda and only distracts attention from solving the real problems that face our state. Rather than pressuring and dividing grass roots Democrats on votes regarding arcane by-laws, we believe the Chairman should be working to unify Bergen County Democrats.

Frankly, the conduct of our party must mirror the values of our party. We have worked to make our party more open, inclusive and fair. Yet the sad facts of the last few contested conventions and the special election for Senate last year, betray the very core of our Democratic ideals and traditions. The Chairman’s last minute flip-flop on changing the nominating rules does nothing to restore the credibility and legitimacy of our county convention.

We look forward to a continued and respectful conversation with you about how to make our party better so that we can make our lives and our state better.

Loretta Weinberg
Gordon M. Johnson
Valerie Vainieri Huttle