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A Great Big Thank You!

High-fives, Jeff – Rosi

I’m nearly speechless. Thank you to Rosi, Jay, and most importantly the entire Blue Jersey community for helping to make my campaign’s money bomb an incredible success yesterday.

Together with Democracy for America and BlueAmericaPAC, we raised well over $10,000 from nearly 500 contributors – all online, all in one day. Amazing! And it brings our online fundraising across ActBlue to nearly $15,000 from over 500 individuals. And we’re just getting started! I hope you’ll join my facebook campaign page, and stay engaged as the campaign moves forward.

As the candidate, of course, I am very grateful for the support. Every campaign needs money, and yesterday was a real boost. But, as a member of the progressive community here in New Jersey, more than anything, I am proud. Proud of the strength of the community we have built and continue to build. As I’ve said over and over, this is a people’s campaign, and yesterday’s success was your success.

Thank you all so much!


Jeff Gardner Money Bomb: This is what HOT looks like

We’re about 30 minutes from the midnight deadline on our Jeff Gardner for Senate Money Bomb. If you haven’t already (even if you have), there’s still about 40 minutes left to contribute. Any amount is great.

I wanted to show you a screen capture from ActBlue’s Hot Candidates & Committees list. Incredibly, Jeff is #4, actually the only candidate who made the list today. He’s behind #1 Daily Kos (powerful national blog, which had 2 posts today on Jeff’s campaign), #2 ActBlue (which made today possible for Jeff and does so much for progressive candidates) #3 Democratic Party of Wisconsin (whose legislators showed backbone in the face of a union-busting Governor Chris Christie agrees with). Then #4 Jeff Gardner. Not too shabby.

There’s still time to join the Jeff Gardner for Senate Money Bomb.

Jeff Gardner ActBlue Screen Shot

Money Bomb still ticking and ticking

w00t! – promoted by a fist-pumping Rosi

Wow! When we decided to try this money bomb thing, I confess, I wasn’t exactly sure how it would go. But, I guess there’s something about a primary campaign against a 30-year incumbent that gets the juices flowing, because it has been sensational. Maybe we should do this more often!

Are you ready for this update? As of 6:00pm (with six more hours to go!), here’s the numbers from today:

The Money Bomb ActBlue page: $3,238 from 82 supporters.


DFA’s ActBlue page: $3,176 from 159 supporters.


(Blue) Jersey Jeff Gardner for Senate, money bomb page: $1,165 – 38 supporters.

That’s just from today!

Add in BlueAmerica’s ActBlue page: from yesterday and today ($1,139 from 57 supporters), and some earlier online giving, and you’re looking at:

$11,843 from 385 contributors total, with over $7,000 just today.

Please keep it going. Every dollar counts. Thank you!! 🙂


A People-Powered Campaign

Happily promoted by Rosi

Well, today is the day. I am asking all of my friends and supporters looking to change Trenton to head to my Act Blue page and make a donation to support my campaign.

JeffGardner_headshotThe idea behind a money bomb is simple: it’s a term used to describe a grassroots fundraising effort over a brief, fixed time period – usually to support a candidate for election by dramatically increasing, concentrating, and publicizing fundraising activity during a specific hour or day. In my case, the time is now, the day is here, and the link is this: Jeff Gardner Money Bomb

This money bomb is about showing the strength of the progressive netroots, and the stark difference between Senator Girgenti’s campaign and mine. We’re a people powered campaign.

I’m raising money from normal, everyday people looking for better representation in Trenton. My opponent is raising money from special interests and lobbyists looking for something in return. We need leaders fighting for the people in the State Senate, not just the politically connected.  more below

Update on Jeff’s Gardner’s Senate campaign

An earlier version of this post had the wrong date for DFA Chair Jim Dean’s arrival – it’s tomorrow (Wed), not Thursday.

Hey, Blue Jerseyans, I just wanted to give you all a brief update on Jeff Gardner’s white-hot and grassrootsy campaign for Senate.

JeffGardner_headshotA little background: Right now, of course, this is a primary campaign; Jeff is running against the 30-plus year incumbent John Girgenti. The legislative district, as it now stands, is LD-35. We don’t know yet how redistricting will shake out for Paterson and the surrounding areas that now make up the district (Jeff testified last month). But as it happens, Jeff and Girgenti live in the same town: Hawthorne. Jeff was once an active volunteer for Girgenti, who was both state Senator and Hawthorne’s Democratic municipal chair. But last June, Jeff challenged Girgenti for that chair. And Jeff’s win was a huge upset for the powerful Girgenti, a slam-dunk grassroots victory for Hawthorne Dems, and the real start of the changes yet to come.

Jeff’s national DFA endorsement: Jeff’s been a statewide leader for Democracy for America-NJ (DFA-NJ) since its start. I’m totally bragging on my friend to say it’s been my privilege to work alongside him there since Howard Dean started DFA 7 years ago. Jeff’s success is now a huge national priority for DFA. And tomorrow, DFA Chair Jim Dean (yes, Howard’s brother) will be at Jeff’s campaign office for a press conference at 2:30pm, and after a big canvass goes out for Jeff, will headline a fundraiser for Jeff. (Jeff’s campaign HQ)

Fantastic post about Jeff in Down With Tyranny: If you don’t know Jeff or his history, Howie Klein’s very supportive words are a great intro. And he gave Jeff the opportunity to post at his national-readership site. If you already know Jeff, it’s all just a great read.

Jeff Gardner has a question for Chris Christie: Why did the governor head to Little Falls and Wayne to tour flood-ravaged areas, and skip over Paterson, one of Jersey’s largest cities?

Raising money for Jeff: John Girgenti’s had 30 years to build up a war chest. Jeff’s campaign is built on grass/netroots organizing. Read up on Jeff, now a district, state and even national progressive priority. Send a message to Trenton that you want real Democrats in the State House. Back Jeff with some money – any amount you can give matters. And I’ll make it easy: we’re 2 days away from Jeff’s Money Bomb Day – Thursday. (RSVP for Jeff’s Money Bomb here).

Countdown: 8 Days till the Jeff Gardner Money Bomb on March 24

Okay, bean sprouts. We’re now just 8 days out from Blue Jersey’s first-ever money bomb, and it’s for Blue Jersey’s own Jeff Gardner.

What’s a money bomb? Think of it as a juiced-up, concentrated grassroots effort to raise $$ for a great candidate – Jeff Gardner for Senate. Here’s where Jeff’s money bomb is going:

  • LD-35: Jeff’s home district (Paterson-area).

  • Statewide: Jeff’s status as a statewide progressive priority means support from all over NJ.

  • National: Democracy for America (DFA) is all over this, and progressive & LGBT groups all over the country will likely jump in, too.

    In other words, this is a big deal. Want in? Any contribution you can make – $5, $25, 250, anything – puts power behind Jeff’s race, and makes you part of this chance to send a better class of Democrat to Trenton, where he is sorely needed.

    What we’re going to ask you to do is sign up now to RSVP that you’ll jump in with a contribution on March 24th, Money Bomb Day for Jeff. More than 55 people already have.

    RSVP now to join the Jeff Gardner for Senate Money Bomb March 24th!

    Blue Jerseyans, DFA’ers, friends, Thank you. You amaze me every day.

    Jeff Gardner, on NJN’s Reporters Roundtable
  • Testify!

    Screen shot 2011-02-10 at 5.16.59 PMJeff Gardner to panel: SORT THIS OUT!

    Jeff is a candidate for the legislature. Depending on redistricting he may run in what is currently his home district, the 35th.  – promoted by Rosi

    Last night, New Jersey’s Legislative Reapportionment Committee held a public hearing in Newark, one of just 5 opportunities scheduled for the public to weigh in on what could determine who controls state government for the next 10 years. More than a little interested in the process, I decided to attend.

    The room was PACKED! For a while it was uncertain whether I would even get into the standing-room-only hearing room, let alone be allowed to testify. But, I did get in. And, I submitted my request to give testimony, like so many others had done. (Lesson learned: no advance reservation is needed – if you’ve got something to say, you should be able to say it.)

    My testimony focused on the importance of expeditiously completing the final map to enable as many potential candidates as possible to mount vigorous competitive campaigns in the newly-drawn districts – a matter of utmost concern to so many of the evening’s speakers who were concerned about their communities being underrepresented in Trenton. Including, of course, me.

    To that end, I made 2 simple requests: First, that the Committee allow the 11th member to be appointed, without delay, to ensure the final map will be completed as expeditiously as possible, and with that too-powerful 11th member having had the benefit of actually hearing from the public on the process. And, second, that the Committee stop wasting time arguing about whether the map should be based on voter turnout instead of census population numbers. There’s a reason this process happens only every ten years – it’s because that’s when the census happens. The map should be based on population. Period. Arguments to the contrary are a distraction that only serves to unnecessarily delay the process.

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    There really is a “Jeff Gardner for Senate”

    I guess any speculating can stop now. Because, if it’s 4:00 p.m., then I’m probably standing in the Election Law Enforcement Commission offices, filing the paperwork for my campaign committee: “Jeff Gardner for Senate” in what is currently the 35th Legislative District.

    Oh sure, there is much that can happen between now and the June primary, what with redistricting, and the lobbying and jockeying for positions, etc. that is bound to follow. But, I wanted to make sure Blue Jersey readers were the first to hear that I’ve opened up a campaign account, and have officially tossed my proverbial hat into the ring for the 2011 Primary.

    Thank you to everyone for their advice, support and encouragement. I hope you’ll take this ride with me, and help me be another voice for you in Trenton. Stay tuned! 🙂

    Will Corruption Send Three More Democratic Women to the Legislature?

    UPDATE: PoliticsNJ is reporting that indeed, a South Orange woman – Bd. of Ed. Member, Mila Jasey – has locked up the seat in the 27th District. 1 down; 2 to go.

    UPDATE #2: My 35th District sources were right: Meet Assemblywoman Elease Evans. That’s 2 down; 1 to go.

    When Democratic Committees in the 35th, 38th and 27th Districts meet this weekend and next week to choose replacements for the Assembly seats vacated by Alfred Steele and Mims Hackett, and a new candidate for the Senate race abandoned by Joe Coniglio, they’ll have the opportunity to increase the number of Democratic women in the New Jersey legislature by three, further narrowing the gender gap there, and further demonstrating the diversity of the NJ Democratic party compared to the Republicans.

    Proving there can be a silver lining to any cloud, we’re already seeing both Sharpe James’s and Wayne Bryant’s seats about to go to women – the inspiring Senators-to-be Dana Redd and Teresa Ruiz. Maybe we’ve finally found the cure to women’s underrepresentation in New Jersey politics: indict the men.

    My predictions, and other musings, on the flip…