Tag Archive: Rosi Efthim

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!

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Rosi is taking a well-deserved day off from the Round Up. So you’re stuck with me. As Rosi would say, “Deal with it.”

Chivukula for Congress

After a decade in Trenton, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula will seek the Democratic nomination to run for Congress against incumbent Leonard Lance in the 7th District. Blue Jersey broke the news. Chivukula is the chair of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee and has been instrumental in shaping energy policy in the state. Last September, he granted Blue Jersey and extensive and exclusive interview, posted here and here. Other discussions with Blue Jersey are here, here, and here.

Camden in the News

While the Assembly Budget Committee heard public testimony in Downtown Camden, the elephant in the room was the Rowan takeover of South Jersey Rutgers campus. Senator Lautenberg calls for a federal investigation alleging the deal was “crafted to benefit powerful political interests.” Doh!

If You Can’t Lower the Ocean, Raise the Bridge

Port Authority asks the Feds for an expedited review process on the Bayonne Bridge project.  Sierra Club is worried about cutting corners.

Role Reversal

The legislative budget session is in full swing, with the Treasurer defending the Governor’s wildly optimistic revenue projections before the Senate Budget Committee today, and the Assembly Budget committee tomorrow, while the Office of Legislative Services presents a more realistic view.

The Supremes

A short-handed New Jersey Supreme Court will decide whether their “salary” is impacted by increased benefit costs.

Senator Kevin O’Toole, one of the more vociferous supporters of Governor Christie’s nomination of Phillip Kwon to the Supreme Court, makes the television rounds.

When asked by Blue Jersey about the re-scheduling of the confirmation hearings for Bruce Harris, one Senate staffer commented that it would happen “later than sooner.”

Charlie Stile describes the governor as “deflated”.

Blue Jersey has posted a video archive of the entire Kwon confirmation hearing.

Preaching to the Choir

Acting Education Commissioner Cerf expects good days ahead for the education-industrial complex. Meanwhile, will Governor Christie give a Trenton public school the same attention that he gave to a Catholic school?

More Christie Political Posturing

Governor drags his feet on affordable health care.

What’s that Boom?

For once, the loudest noise in New Jersey isn’t coming from Trenton.



Meet the Candidate – Joe Camarota – LD16

Even before she became a candidate, Jeff Pickens and I were working with Marie Corfield to expose some of the lies perpetrated by the Christie Administration. Jeff and I were thrilled when Marie decided to do something and run for the legislature. But Marie can’t do it alone. She has a great team, and we need to send her running mates to Trenton, also.

Marie’s running mate on the Assembly side is South Brunswick businessman Joe Camarota. I met Joe early on in the campaign, and he’s a down-to-earth practical citizen who understands the concerns of both people and businesses. Here are some highlights from Monday night’s debate.

I will post highlights of Joe’s and Marie’s running mate, Maureen Vella, candidate for Senate, tomorrow.

Eleven Predictions for 2011

It’s time for the traditional Deciminyan predictions for the upcoming year.  Last year, we were three for three. This year, we’ll do it a bit differently – go out on a limb in some cases – and include some tongue-in-cheek forecasts as well as some serious ones. I’ll leave it to the reader to determine which are which.

Click on the link below for the predictions

Going Hyper

While the transformation of legacy journalism is a work in progress, one thing is certain – the days of dead tree newspapers with hard-hitting in-depth reporting are over. The traditional business model that worked so well for newspapers over the last century is no longer viable. Corporatization of print and broadcast media has left the industry with decimated budgets, fewer and fewer beat reporters, and an emphasis on what sells rather than what’s important. So what will the world of journalism look like in New Jersey in the 21st century?

Burlington County Democrats: MIA?

I have to admit.  Up until about a year ago, I’ve been pretty apolitical.  Sure, I got caught up in the Obamamania of 2008 and canvassed door-to-door both here in New Jersey and in Florida.  And I vote in every election – usually Democratic – sometimes because I’m for the candidate, but most times because I can’t stand the opponent.  The only other time I really got involved was in the 1972 presidential campaign for George McGovern, because even then, I knew Nixon was a crook.

Almost a year ago, I started my own blog.  After retiring from the military-industrial complex, I needed an outlet for my political rage that had been suppressed in the interest of career advancement.  I attended one of Jim Dean’s DFA workshops, met Rosi,  started writing for Blue Jersey, and was honored when Rosi asked me to be a staff writer.  Initially I was reluctant to sign on because I felt that I was not as connected to local politics as my fellow bloggers.  But Rosi is persistent, and here I am.

More after the fold…

Tonight: DFA Night School (free)

Sometimes I resist talking here at Blue Jersey about Democracy for America, because it carries the biggest of my full disclosures and I’m mindful of not overusing this site to promote the other part of what I do, and what Jeff Gardner does. So, full disclosure: Jeff and I are 2/5ths of the DFA-NJ executive board. We help run DFA here in NJ and that means sometimes we get to preside over unbelievable resources pouring into this state from DFA (newbies, DFA was founded by Howard Dean; its first electoral win got him elected DNC Chair to launch 50-State Strategy – yeah, proud).

After DFA Campaign Training, comes DFA Night School: a national conversation & online training program anybody can do from home. It’s free. Tonight’s the last session, and it’s not too late to jump on the call & follow on line:

GOTV: Getting Out the Progressive Vote

TONIGHT: 8:30 pm

GOTV: It all comes down to this. The future of our country may depend on how effective our GOTV operations are this year. Fortunately there is some cutting edge new research to help you plan your GOTV efforts. This hour long online training will show you what works and what doesn’t when it comes to GOTV tactics. Our guest trainers will be Helen Strain and the Analyst Institute.

You missed the rest of DFA Night School season? No prob. It’s archived:

Messaging for Progressives

Mobilizing key constituencies – Labor, Women & Veterans

Creating a positive campaign culture

Relational Organizing 101 – House parties & Emergency Meetings

Mobilizing Progressives with teh Google

(Click here for the on-line slides that go with every one of those Night Schools.)

On the jump page, links for past DFA Night School seasons, including George Lakoff and sessions recorded at Netroots Nation: