What’s happening with the women’s vote? Women made up more than half of the 2009 election turnout (53%). In that race Christie won male voters by a wide margin, but women went for Corzine. In the current gubernatorial race the Democrats have not one but two women, Barbara Buono and Milly Silva, who are tireless champions of women’s rights. However, in yesterday’s Quinnippiac poll Christie is winning 61% of the female vote and Buono only 32%. It makes no sense.
Chris Christie is the first anti-choice governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade, has consistently vetoed funds for women’s healthcare, has cut $486,000 in grants to Hispanic Women’s Resource Centers, vetoed equal pay for women, and slashed another $450,000 from a postpartum education campaign. Women (especially single mothers) are particularly hurt by Christie’s high unemployment, weak economy, low minimum wage, and reduced EITC. He has demeaned, insulted, patronized and bullied women throughout his tenure. Just ask Loretta Weinberg, Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, Marie Corfield, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Sheila Oliver.
As Sen. Loretta Weinberg has said, “The GOP is fighting a war against women.” In New Jersey women have a voting advantage, a Governor who is antagonistic toward their interests, and two strong supporters in Barbara Buono and Milly Silva. Women need Buono and Buono needs women. The choice for women on November 5 should be clear.
Future of fair, affordable housing: An important decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court is expected this morning. Its opinion will be based on the question of the validity of the “third-round” rules adopted by the Council on Affordable Housing which establish municipalities’ obligations to provide affordable housing. For the ruling go to the Judiciary site.
Just one reason to like Obamacare: The Record reports,“Many people in New Jersey who buy insurance in the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act will pay less for the coverage than they now do for individual plans.” For information on anticipated New Jersey health coverage costs go to this federal website.
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 12:30pm, The New Jersey Black Issues Convention, Hilton East New Brunswick, 3 Tower Center Blvd., East Brunswick; Barbara Buono: 6:30pm, NOW-NJ Meet & Greet, 512 S. Washington Ave., Moorestown; Milly Silva: 8:00pm, Latinos Unidos con El Sheriff Richard Berdnik Gala, Valley Regency, 1129 Valley Rd., Clifton.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 3:30pm, ribbon-cutting ceremony for TEAL Center at Essex County Newark Tech; 7:15pm, Spirit of Daytop Annual Gala, Palace at Somerset Park.
U. S. Senate Candidate Cory Booker: 10:30am, outlines his economic proposals at the African American Chamber of Commerce, NJ Annual Business Leadership Conference, Hilton Newark, Penn Station; 6:00pm, Fundraising reception with Boaz Weinstein, NY, NY, for info go here.
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.: 6:00-8:00pm, The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean to you?, 60 So. Fullerton Ave., Montclair.