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Blue Jersey Focus – Jeff Tittel – Part 2

Yesterday, we presented Part 1 of a two-part interview with Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel. He talked about some of the issues and challenges being debated in Trenton, including hydraulic fracturing, the Governor’s abandonment of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, renewable energy such as solar and wind, and the impact of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant and other factors in the Barnegat Bay.

Today, Tittel talks about messaging, jobs, the Governor’s absconding of environmental funds to balance the budget, state park privatization, a report card on the legislature, and his retrospective on the Sierra Club’s endorsement of a third party candidate in the last gubernatorial election.


Rep. Rush Holt talks to Blue Jersey about the Health Care law and House vote

Late yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak with Rep. Rush Holt about the then-upcoming vote in the House to repeal the Health Care bill passed and signed into law last year.  In addition to thanking the Congressman on behalf of Blue Jersey, we discussed a few things about the vote to repeal, and also noted that it was a good day for New Jersey Democratic Congressmen – Rep. Pallone took a high profile role in denouncing the political theater that the House Republicans were performing and Rep. Andrews not only spoke out as well but also had a very entertaining discussion with a Republican Congressman on Tuesday night’s Hardball.  

Rep. Holt’s floor speech from yesterday afternoon can be seen here, and below the fold is a flavor for what we discussed during a roughly 20 minute discussion (I tried to get exact quotes but since I couldn’t type that fast, assume that below is roughly what was said but maybe not exact):

Who wants change without hope?

I think Patrick Murray is exactly right here:

Chris Christie put out a new web video in response to President Barack Obama’s campaign stop for Governor Jon Corzine Thursday. Christie has been trying to use Obama’s “Change” mantra to unseat the incumbent, but has been having limited success in getting it to resonate with voters.

As I watched that video, the penny finally dropped on why this message wasn’t working for Christie…

Frankly, I found it depressing. That’s when it hit me. Chris Christie is offering a message of change without hope. And not just in this web video, but throughout his entire campaign.

It’s worth the reading the whole thing — Murray also discusses what the voters on his focus panel say.  

I’d add that I still feel Corzine also needs a bit more “hope” and positive messaging. Corzine’s attacks have helped Christie collapse all the way into the thirties, bu that still leave him tied. Obama put a lot of positives into yesterday’s speech for Corzine and I think a bit more of this would really Corzine turn out his voters.

Building a Pro-Choice, Pro-Woman Message

While enjoying a bit of scotch and discussing the problem Democrats have with fighting for abortion rights, we began kicking around some ideas for sloganizing the issue.  Let’s face it: Modern politics depends, in large part, on bumper sticker ideological statements.  So here’s some slogans and the idea behind it.

Jump with me, people.  It’s time to defend our rights in less than ten words.

X-posted from Xpatriated Texan.