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Have Been A Little Preoccupied Lately

So I have been very remiss in congratulating Jeff Gardner on being selected to run for County Clerk in Passaic.  He will make us all very proud. Another thank you to Rosi for going to Governor Christie’sTownhall and raising questions. We need more of that from the general public.

On Monday our Judiciary committee in the Senate will be dealing with the important issue of bail reform and raising extra dollars for Legal Services. An Important step forward.  We will also be taking up my bill concerning a collaborative family law bill to  find better ways to deal with family issues that end in court.

See there are other things going on in our world!

I’m Running for County Clerk!

Good luck, buddy. Promoted by Rosi

Just wanted to share the news here first: this morning, the Passaic County Democratic Organization’s Executive Committee voted to select me as the party’s choice for Passaic County Clerk. Our full County Committee will meet Wednesday, March 26, hopefully to confirm that choice, and then it will be off to the races.

The County Clerk serves Passaic County’s 500,000+ residents in some of the more important matters of their lives – recording real estate Deeds and Mortgages, processing Passports and Veteran’s ID cards, and even … wait for it … performing marriage ceremonies! And, significantly, the Clerk’s office also processes the County’s Vote by Mail Ballots (almost 20,000 of them last year – and growing). It is an enormously important role.

I’m honored. I’m humbled, and I’m really excited to get started. 2014 is a terrific year to be running as a Democrat in Passaic County, with Senator Booker and Congressman Pascrell at the top of the ticket, Freeholders Bruce James and TJ Best running for reelection, and great municipal races with strong candidates throughout the County. (And everyone reading this is invited to come join us!)

Although I’ll be taking a campaign hiatus from the frontpage at Blue Jersey, I’ll still be reading here and writing about politics and my own race in the sidebar. So, stay tuned, and wish me luck! 🙂  

LIVE from Jersey City Courthouse

While Mayors and clerks around the state are readying plans to marry same-sex couples as soon as  Sunday/Monday midnight, uncertainty reigns as to whether the law allows it. So, as one half of one of the couples seeking to marry at the earliest moment possible, I’m at the courthouse in Jersey City, where my friend, Mayor Steve Fulop had just filed an Order to Show Cause and Complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that applications can be received, that the wait time can be waived, and that marriages can happen beginning October 21st, as ordered by Judge Jacobson.

Earlier this morning, at City Hall, Mayor Fulop was officiating at a (straight) wedding downstairs, while the paperwork was being prepared upstairs. If all goes well, he’ll be officiating at mine, in less than 72 hours.

Saturday: DFA’s Jim Dean in New Jersey – for Gardner, Corfield, Zipprich & Bidwell

Tomorrow, pretty much all day, Jim Dean will be in New Jersey. Jim is Chair of Democracy for America and brother of its Founder Howard Dean. Jim will be here for, and do events with, four New Jersey candidates all of whom have earned DFA’s national endorsement as progressive priorities. All are open both to DFA-NJ members and non-members. It’s going to be a good day. Here are the details of Jim’s day with Jeff Gardner (Hawthorne candidate), Ed Zipprich (Assembly LD11), Marie Corfield (Assembly LD16) & Jan Bidwell (Senate, LD39):

Hawthorne Canvass Kickoff

Time: 10:00am

Address: Democratic Campaign HQ, 164 Warburton Ave., Hawthorne, NJ

On street parking available.

Contact: Patrick Alexander, Field Director 973-897-3296

Ed Zipprich Fundraiser

Time 1:00pm

Suggested Donation: $35

Address: Trevi Pizza, 570 Park Ave., Freehold, NJ

On street parking available

Contact: Tony Coppola

Event on Facebook.

Marie Corfield – Progressive Day of Action & Oktoberfest

Time: 1pm (canvass & phone bank) & 4pm Oktoberfest Party Fundraiser

Suggested donation: $40 (free for anyone canvassing/phoning)

Address: 244 Skillman Rd, Skillman NJ

Parking: on the big front lawn

Contact: Dan Siegel, Campaign Manager or 267-625-1529

Event on Facebook

Gardner/Bidwell Fundraiser

Time: 7:00pm

Suggested Donation: $25 to each candidate

Address: Plumley Residence, 121 Glen Ave., Midland Park, NJ

On street parking available (same side of Glen Ave. only)

Contact: Jeff Gardner 973-951-7081 or Matt McGovern 720-309-8701

Event on Facebook.

What’s Happening Today Fri. 10/11/2013

Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: 7:00pm, Milly Silva and Kim Guadagno debate at Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. The University along with its media partner, News 12, will host the event. Although Milly Silva has appeared infrequently on the campaign schedule, she was excellent in a recent interview with Mike Schneider on NJToday. Kim Guadagno has held many scheduled events, particularly at ribbon cuttings and with businesses throughout the state, although she seldom appears with the governor. Read here about the pension scandal issue that  Guadagno has been dodging, and which should be brought up by Milly Silva tonight. The debate is open to the public and is free, but tickets will be required. For more information, call the Kean Center for History, Politics and Policy at 908-737-0583.

DFA Chairman Jim Dean will be in NJ on Saturday and supporting Jeff Gardner for Hawthorne Borough Council. Dean will start the day in Hawthorne at 10:00 a.m. to kick off a canvass at the Hawthorne Democrats 2013 Headquarters at 164 Warburton Ave. After a day of campaigning, Jim will be in Wyckoff at 7:00pm at 64 Logan Lane for an elegant Wine & Cheese fundraiser in support of DFA endorsed candidates Jan Bidwell for LD-39 Senate and for  Blue Jersey’s very own Jeff Gardner. Suggested Contribution: $25 to either or both candidates. Click here to give to Jeff Gardner for Borough Council and click here to give to Jan Bidwell for Senate.

For your entertainment this weekend: you can attend on Saturday a Tea Party Express rally in support of U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan and hear Sarah Palin and author/radio host Mark Levin at 4:00pm at the New Egypt Speedway.

No news is bad news – 10th day of the shutdown: In a confusing turn of events House Speaker Boehner yesterday offered to postpone the debt ceiling crisis in exchange for negotiations over the budget, but he did not offer to end the shutdown. Sounds like a lousy deal to me, but discussions continue on the matter. Earlier this morning Rep. Leonard Lance was scheduled to appear live on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Recently he has seemed to support a clean CR and an end to the shutdown. Less clear is what if anything he has done to achieve that objective (or whether it’s just for local consumption.)


Vice President Joe Biden who was planning to lend support to Buono and Booker in NJ today cancelled his trip because of the shutdown.  

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono and Milly Silva: 3:00pm, Radio Interview, WWDB 860 AM, click here to listen live; Milly Silva: 7:00pm, Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie, 11:30am, a campaign announcement, Manny’s Sicilia Ristorante, Palmyra; 7:00pm, to be honored at the 2013 Points of Light Tribute Awards, Italian Embassy, Washington, D.C. Kim Guadagno: 10:30am, “Manufacturing Week” visit to Silver Line Building Products, North Brunswick; 12:30pm, Business luncheon held by the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune Township.; 7:00pm, Lt. Gubernatorial Debate: Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union.

U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker: With the passing of Cory Booker’s father his plans for the next days are unclear. His originals schedule for today: 11:00-12:30pm Bus Tour Kick-off, Rutgers Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick, with stops throughout the state.  

DFA’s Jim Dean Interview at #NN13

Democracy for America was formed by Governor Howard Dean and is now being run by his brother, Jim. They endorse and support candidates nationwide, including four in New Jersey this year.

Today, at Netroots Nation, I spoke with Jim Dean about DFA and those New Jersey races.