Tag Archive: NJ-1

Donald vs. Donald

When you’re a Democrat running for Congress without a viable opponent, you need to have a substitute to run against. That’s the gist of Donald Norcross’ announcement today where he surprised no one by declaring his candidacy for re-election. His…
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Taking On the South Jersey Goliath

Whether you’re a disciple of South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross, or just someone who is running for political office on the Democratic ticket, conventional wisdom says that you don’t get very far without kissing George’s ring. Even those people who are not part of his inner circle take pains not to piss him off if they hope to win an election here.

So challenging George’s brother Donald, who was handpicked to replace another Norcross acolyte who resigned under a cloud of scandal, is a hapless task, right?

Don’t tell that to Alex Law, a 24-year old systems analyst who has put his career on hold in order to challenge The (South Jersey) Donald.

Today, I sat down with Law to discuss his seemingly quixotic quest, his positions on key issues, and his plans for the campaign.

“Whipping the public option” – first up, Rep. Rob Andrews (NJ-1)

Up top again, for the night … so you can see the action project we’re launching. Next up, Rep. John Adler, after a news cycle dominated by President Barack Obama (yeah, I love saying that). Stay tuned.- – Rosi

Over the weekend, I posted a diary that outlines an initiative we are undertaking here at Blue Jersey with respect to the upcoming health care legislation as it relates to the public option.  While most of the NJ Congressional delegation supports a public option, only Rush Holt and Donald Payne have committed to NOT SUPPORT a bill that did not have a public option.

And, as I said in that diary, as well as on Blue Jersey Radio last night, that is why we here at Blue Jersey are going to ask you – the Blue Jersey community – to help whip our fine Representatives into shape.

We will be focusing on each of the six other NJ House Democrats and then probably the three republicans (LoBiondo, Lance, Smith), and will go in order of District, which brings us to Rep. Rob Andrews (NJ-1).  We are also coordinating this effort with DFA-NJ, and with your participation, this could be a great way to show how the progressive community in NJ can work together to accomplish great things.

Before I get into it though,  I have two requests/rules – please please follow them, as they are not difficult at all:

  • When you call the Congressman?s (and eventually Senator’s) office, please be very respectful.  You will likely be talking to a staffer, and they will hopefully be getting a lot of calls about this issue, so we want to make sure that we are productive.  If you can get a name, that would be excellent too, so we can compile everything.
  • Just as important, please keep the topic of the call to the public option and trying to get a pledge that the Representative will vote against a bill without a public option.  I know that many people (myself included) feel that single payer is the best answer, however, President Obama does not want single payer now, nor does the current House bill contain anything regarding single payer.  The Senate bill will most likely be more watered down, and any discussion on single payer, while noble, will only distract from the issue at hand, and will tie up Congressional staffers from receiving other calls regarding this initiative.

What we need you to do

Rep. Andrews’ contact information is below:

DC Phone: 202-225-6501

DC Fax: 202-225-6583

Please call his office and most importantly, thank him for the work he and his committee has done in order to bring a strong health care bill to the House floor, as well as his support for a strong public option (if you want to thank him for his support of single payer, that’s great too, but not the major purpose here).  Secondly, we want to try and get his staff (or him) on record to not just support a public option in its current form, but to vote against a watered down bill that may ultimately be produced in reconciliation that will either (1) not include a strong public option or (2) will include a “trigger”.  A “strong public option” includes the following:

  • available nationwide;
  • on day one
  • and accountable to Congress and the voters

Please report your findings in the comments section below.  Additionally, FireDogLake has a “whip tool” that you can fill out with the applicable information, if you are able to get anything definitive (either good, bad or neutral).  

A little bit about Representative Rob Andrews

Rep. Andrews has been in Congress since 1990, is on the House Committee on Education and Labor, where he is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.  

This House Committee is one of the three that put out the House bill on health care, which HealthcareForAmericaNow.org called a “good bill”.  Rep. Andrews is also one of 13 members of the NJ Congressional delegation (everyone except for Rodney Frelinghuysen and Scott Garrett) who have expressed support for a public option.  Additionally (as noted last month here at Blue Jersey), he stated that single payer should be “on the table”, even though it ultimately did not make it to the House version of the bill.

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Thanks so much and we really appreciate your help and participation.  I am sure the hundreds of thousands of uninsured and underinsured New Jerseyans thank you even more.

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Our next diary will focus on Freshman Representative John Adler (NJ-3).

It’s official: Andrews wants his seat back

Rob Andrews announced this morning that he will seek re-election to his seat, despite promises to the contrary all along and this was his explanation in a statement:

It was not my intention to answer the call of my neighbors and friends who have indicated they would stand with me if I sought re-election. As a Cornell Law graduate with considerable experience and expertise in law, finance, and pensions, I had several opportunities in the financial world that were very exciting and would have been very different from the world of government.

In the past few weeks, I have reflected on the expressions of support and re-examined the needs, opportunities, values and obligations of my family.  Our family carefully considered the substantial opportunities that the private sector would afford to us.  Together, we also reflected on the meaning and value our commitment to public service. After much deliberation, thought and prayer, I have decided that I will seek re-election to the House this fall.

I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion on the merits, consequences and ramifications of his decision, so have at it.    His full statement is below the fold along with comments from party leaders.

The Andy Unanue/Rob Andrews Bill

With the recent news from PolitickerNJ that Congressman Rob Andrews will seek re-nomination to the NJ-1 Congressional seat, I feel I have no choice but to oppose his decision. As a supporter of Andrews during the primary, I am disappointed he didn’t win the Senate primary. but even more disappointed he appears ready to go back on his promises and return to the U.S. House.

I’m left wondering, “How on Earth can he be allowed to do this?” Well, election law permits him to do this. So, in the long-term, what we need to do is clear: Change our election law.

What have they been waiting for?

On the Republican side of the aisle in the NJ-1 campaign for Congress, candidate Dale Glading has raised $8,060 and spent $7,252, leaving him with $748 $808 on hand.  His campaign manager offered this fantastic explanation at the end of a piece on fundraising for the candidates in the 1st district…

We haven’t kicked our fundraising operation into gear yet, though we are planning to begin this upcoming week

What exactly have they been waiting for?  We know the national party won’t be lending a hand…

The NRCC spent $1.27 million, nearly 20 percent of their cash on hand, on last Tuesday’s special election in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, where the Democratic candidate prevailed. The committee has spent more than $3 million, all in losing efforts, in its attempts to hold GOP seats in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi.

It seems that Glading’s best hope of getting some money from the national party would be that they are looking to continue their losing streak, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.