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Obama v. Romney Debate Watch Parties in NJ

Obamosaic - Mosaic of Obama T-ShirtsThere’s a lot riding on tonight’s Town Hall-style debate. You already know the stakes, the fresh start Mitt Romney’s trainwreck campaign got after he lied, but lied with confidence, in the first presidential debate just days ago.

All this makes me want to watch the debate in hushed rooms of the like-minded. Here are the Debate Watch events listed at Barack Obama’s event website for tonight:

Some are at restaurants, pubs and bars. Some in private homes. Others are sponsored by local organizations, candidates, or county Dems. One’s a local Drinking Liberally. Most start at 8:00 or 8:30pm, just before the debate, but some as early as 6:00pm. Note: some are duplicates.

Debate Watch Parties – 38 are listed in NJ: Morristown, Newark (2), Burlington (2), Manahawkin, West Orange (2), Jersey City (3), Somerville, Flemington, Montclair (2), New Brunswick, Elizabeth, Cherry Hill, Franklin Park, Randolph, Princeton, Plainfield, Teaneck, Paterson, Summit, Hoboken, Edgewater

Campus Debate Watch Parties – 2 listed, in Jersey City & New Brunswick.

Incidentally, you’ll see at the bottom of the Obama events look-up page, a dedication: IN LOVING MEMORY of ALEX OKRENT, which links to a donation page of Obama. Okrent was a 29-year-old staffer, with the Obama team since 2004. Okrent collapsed and died in Obama’s Chicago campaign HQ in July .

Mitt Romney Was an Absentee Governor, Just Like Ours

Chris Christie has been an enthusiastic support of Mitt Romney since before Christie even decided not to run himself, and now we know why.

During Mr. Romney’s four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he cumulatively spent more than a year — part or all of 417 days — out of the state, according to a review of his schedule and other records. More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job.

Mr. Romney, now the Republican presidential nominee, took lengthy vacations and weekend getaways. But much of his travel was to lay the groundwork for the presidential ambitions he would pursue in the 2008 election, two years after leaving office.

Hmmmm.  A governor who spends a lot of time out of state, laying the groundwork for a presidential run.  Hmmmmmm.

Kristen Zimmer, Darcie Cimarusti: Couple of Jersey Girls With Something On Their Minds

Well, I guess she told him

From a site called The Everlasting GOP Stoppers, Bergen County resident and Jersey City Gay Relationship correspondent for The Examiner Kristen Zimmer lets Mitt Romney have it. Boom. Presented to you as a public service and a little taste of blood as we all get ready for the first presidential debate – on domestic issues –  between Mitt and the President tonight.

A New Jersey Mom: Another Hero of Public Education

Readers of Blue Jersey are well aware of where we stand on public education. What you may know less is how many amazing parents are working the front lines of protecting public education against destructive privatization and the gimmicks and schemes poorly devised by profiteers out to make a buck off NJ kids. But the highly-respected Diane Ravitch, historian of education, policy analyst and Assistant Secretary of Education under George H. W. Bush, hasn’t missed all the great work going on in New Jersey. In her must-read ed blog, Ravitch turns the spotlight on Highland Park’s own Mother Crusader, Darcie Cimarusti, the link above. In Darcie’s own blog, Mother Crusader, she talks about how she feels about Ravitch, and how well-acquainted Darcie’s own two little girls already are with with the complex and grown-up discussions in their household about education. That reminds me a lot of my own childhood, spent at NYC Board of Ed meetings and in Mayor John Lindsey’s busy office with my own mother, Helen. Go, Mother Crusader, go!

Good to remember about Romney for tonight’s debate

I’m just going to say, I don’t know of anybody better to make this particular argument than a member of Congress who himself is plenty rich. Frank Lautenberg’s net worth is about half of Romney’s $200 million (or that’s the guesstimate in the absence of fuller disclosure of Romney’s tax returns and bank accounts in tax-shelter countries). But Romney’s Thurston Howell intellectual limitations aren’t shared even by all fellow wealthy politicians. In other words, just because you’re rich, you don’t have to be a clueless jackass. I’m just sayin’.

Uh, Governor? What About Your Security’s Travel Costs?

From yesterday, a good diary with questions Gov. Christie would rather avoid – promoted by Rosi

So Governor Chris Christie spends a lot of time out of state campaigning for Mitt Romney and other Republicans.  And when he travels on this private, partisan business he takes along security.

And charges the state of New Jersey for that security.

And won’t reimburse us for it.  Because, he says, “Security costs are almost no different” than for security in state.

But, Governor, what about travel costs?  When your security has to drive in a car with you to the Jersey Shore there’s no added cost, but when you fly to Washington State there’s a little extra cash involved.

And, not for nothing, you are using state resources for partisan events.  That’s pretty hinky to me.

Does Christie’s rule for Candidates apply as Governor?

From Mediaite:

“I’m not going to sit here and complain about coverage of the campaign because, as a candidate, if you do that, you’re losing.”

Update: Matt Katz with the Philadelphia Inquirer has more on this…

Despite that warning, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan complained about media bias yesterday.

And, it turns out, so did Christie. At almost at the same-exact time (thanks to the wonders of taped interviews) that he was shown saying he wouldn’t complain about the media, Christie was on Meet The Press complaining about the media. When pressed on specifics about the Romney economic plan, he told host David Gregory:

“I wish you guys were just as tough on the president.”

(Also last week, by the way, Christie said New Jersey Democrats are being supported by “their handmaidens in the press.”)

Debate Watch Roundup: Obama & Menendez

Wednesday night’s the first presidential debate. Despite Gov. Christie’s jacked up Romney expectations , this debate may be the Mitt’s last chance to rescue a failed campaign from oblivion. Bring on the popcorn.This first debate will focus on domestic policy, and will come from the University of Denver, Colorado, moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS. (full presidential debate schedule)

Thursday night, the action shifts closer to home, with the first debate between Senator Bob Menendez and his GOP rival state senator Joe Kyrillos, will be broadcast by NJTV from Motclair State University (Senate debate schedule details).

We’re seeing partial lists of events popping up at different sites for the pesidential. So, this is an attempt to pull the listings together for people shopping for a fun place to watch Obama/Romney (Wednesday) & Menendez/Kyrillos (Thursday) slugfests, and maybe get some phone-banking in too. If you know of additional watch parties, please post the info in comments.

Debate Watch party info below the fold for both the Wednesday debate (presidential), then the Thursday (U.S. Senate).  

Great Expectations

promoted by Rosi

One would guess the Romney campaign isn’t sending Christie flowers after yesterday.  Check out some of the headlines following the Governor’s self promotion tour on the morning talk shows:

  • Christie: Debate will turn race “upside-down” (CBS News)
  • Christie predicts Romney debate performance will change course of presidential race (NBC News)
  • Christie raises expectations for Romney debate performance (LA Times)
  • Chris Christie: Wednesday night’s debate is ‘the restart of this campaign’ (Yahoo News)
  • Gov. Christie: Mitt Romney will spark ‘brand-new race’ with Obama after debate (Star Ledger)
  • Memo to Chris Christie — did you get the memo? (CNN)
  • There was also the headline we had here yesterday. And then there’s this ad that the Democrats put out through their rapid response team: