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What’s Happening Today Sun. 11/03/2013

Three more days of GOTV and the election is over: Real Clear Politics in the last three polls indicates that in October Sen. Barbara Buono made substantial gains in reducing Christie’s point spread advantage: +33 (Quinnipiac 10/27) +24 (Stockton College 10/28) and +19  (Farleigh Dickinson 10/30). But time is quickly running out. Shame on the bosses, Christiecrats and Democratic leaders who have been indifferent to antagonistic toward her. Personally I think they deserve a flogging or worse. A lot of people have spent a huge amount of effort trying to convince others that Barbara Buono would be a far superior governor than Christie. It has been frustrating that others just don’t get it. There is always a chance she might succeed on Tuesday and that a strong last-minute GOTV will make a difference.

Sen. Buono and Milly Silva have a busy schedule today in five counties.

Barbara Buono: 10:00am, Nutley Democrats Annual Pre-Election Breakfast, The Chandelier, 340 S. Franklin Ave., Belleville;  10;20am, Belleville Democrats Annual Pre-Election Breakfast, The Chandelier, 340 S. Franklin Ave., Belleville;  Paramus Democrats Breakfast, 11:15am, The Venetian, 546 River Dr., Garfield;  Barbara Buono: 12:15pm, Teaneck Phone Bank, 549 Cedar Ln., Teaneck;  1:15pm, Passaic County Phone Bank, Passaic County Democratic HQ, 668 McBride Ave., Woodland Park;  3:00pm, with NJ State Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie and Senator Nellie Pou, Unity Rally, Hamilton and Ward, 101 Ward St., Paterson.

Milly Silva: 9:30am, Fairview Democrats Breakfast, La Grande Buffet, 127 Bergen Blvd., Fairview;  10:45am, Union Township Democratic Breakfast, Suburban Gold Club, 1730 Morris Ave., Union;  12:10pm, Plainfield Phone Bank, 211 W. Front St., Plainfield;  2:15pm, with  Senator Cory Booker, Malandra Hall, New Jersey Road, Camden.  

U. S. Sen. Cory Booker will be in Burlington County for two events today on Sunday to help get out out the vote for county and legislaitve candidates. Bring your friends and family members to meet our newly sworn-in Senator. 11:30am, Mount Laurel Rally, Tricia Meadows Clubhouse, 27 Patricia Lane, Mount Laurel;  4:00pm, Burlington City Rally, American Legion Slade-Valentine Post 336, Clarkson & Linden Avenue, Burlington City. We have a chance to turn Burlington County Democratic for the first time in over 35 years.     

Even Mitt Romney was suspicious of Chris Christie: Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in their book Double Down: Game Change 2012 to be published on Monday write, According to a memo on Mr. Christie who left numerous questions unanswered on his vetting form, there were concerns on a defamation lawsuit against the governor from earlier in his political career, on a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement involving Mr. Christie’s brother, on names and documentation of his household help, on information from his time as a securities industry lobbyist, and on his medical history.

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What’s Happening Today Thu. 09/19/2013

Why do legislators hold press conferences to promote bills that are not even available yet for people to read? Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) and Senator Chris Bateman (R-16) have done just that with a bill that seeks to overturn state law that protects health privacy and the patient-physician privilege. With this bill (A4380) any investigation of the possibility that someone, knowing he or she was HIV positive, had sex with another individual without informed consent, would be sufficient to permit prosecutors to obtain confidential medical records. Such is now permissible in New Jersey with a 1st degree charge, but these legislators wish to allow it with a lower level 3rd degree offense. Opening up medical records based on the suspicion of a crime sounds like a witch hunt that could do more harm than good to patient/physician confidentiality. Its primary result would be that patients with transmissable illnesses become more reluctant to seek medical care and thus more likely to transmit untreated illnesses.

Christie donors side-stepping pay-to-play: The N. Y. Times reports: “The Republican Governors Association has collected $1.65 million from New Jersey donors during the first six months of the year. The association has, in turn, poured $1.7 million into Mr. Christie’s re-election effort. A third of the $1.65 million the association raised in New Jersey came from people and businesses who had significant contracts with the state, or from utilities, which are prohibited from making any contributions to candidates for governor.”

NJ League of Conservation Voters: releases its legislative endorsements.

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D CD 10): “A complete and total outrage” – expressing his strong opposition on the House floor to the Republican proposal to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion while “about 1 in 4 children who live right here in the United States go to sleep without adequate nutrition.”

Public Schedules (Your opportunity to jeer or cheer)

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Milly Silva with New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie and Senator Nellie Pou (D-35): 6:45pm, Passaic County Democratic Committee Cocktail Reception, Macaluso’s, 161 Rea Ave., Hawthorne; Barbara Buono: 7:15pm, Mercer County Democratic Committee Meeting, Mercer Oaks, 725 Village Rd., West Windsor.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: 11:30am, Chris Christie, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill and New Brunswick Development Corporation President Christopher Paladino, groundbreaking for a new University Academic Building and new facilities slated for Rutgers Residential Honors College, Rutgers Hillel and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick.

Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: fundraiser: 6:00pm, Private VIP Reception with Governor Christie ($1,000), 6:30pm general reception with Christie ($200), both at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township.

N. J. Department of Labor: releases unemployment data for August.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Yesterday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day across the country. In Trenton, a rally was held on the State House steps and was followed by presentations by the Attorney General and others working to combat this crime.

Below, are links to the remarks by the speakers at the rally – lawmakers from across the political spectrum as well as representatives from the Polaris Project, an international NGO devoted to combat human trafficking.

Patricia Devine Harms – Junior Leagues

Congressman Chris Smith

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle

Senator Nellie Pou

Senator Tom Kean Jr

Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

Justin Zimmerman for Senator Nia Gill

Kate Keisel and Ingrid Johnson of The Polaris Project

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Trenton

It’s probably not on your calendar, but today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In Trenton, the day was observed with a rally in front of the State House, and a program which featured officials from several different agencies working to combat this scourge.

Crime is not a partisan event, and supporters of stronger measures come from all sides of the political spectrum. At the rally speakers ranged from Progressives like Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to Tea Party sympathizers like Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose. Congressman Chris Smith’s appearance reminded us that it’s not just a state, but a federal issue. And big events like the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey tend to attract the perpetrators of these crimes.

Human trafficking, while it has a negative connotation, does not adequately describe the problem. In reality, it’s slavery. Slavery that is just as disgusting as the slavery that was supposed to have ended 150 years ago with the Emancipation Proclamation. There are estimates that over 10,000 boys and girls in New Jersey are trapped in this horrendous activity.

After the rally, I spoke with two sponsors of legislation to help address the problem – Senator Nellie Pou and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (below). Below the fold are comments from Attorney General Jeff Chiesa. Some additional video from the rally will be posted on the sidebar over the weekend.

Senator Bob Smith, Trenton’s Trigger-Happy Democrat

“Whenever the Democrats compromise, it seems to involve appeasing hunters, in this case at the expense of homeowners.”

-Sue Russell, Wildlife Policy Expert

The Animal Protection League is an organization dedicated to the well-being of companion animals, wildlife and farmed animals in New Jersey. We’re also committed to preserving New Jersey’s landscape to accommodate an abundance of species here in our state. Above all, we’re non-partisan and have a history of working with Democrats, Republicans and third party candidates. But you guys at BlueJersey are partisan and you do a great jobs keeping politicians on their toes, particularly when they wander off the ideological reservation and abandon party principle.


Democratic Senator Bob Smith (Middlesex Co.) has a voting record on issues such as gay rights and reproductive choice that largely squares with public opinion and his party’s platform. It seems to work for him and his district, where voters have returned him to Trenton by comfortable margins. A cursory glance at Smith’s voting record on environmental and wildlife management doesn’t suggest anything sinister. As per Sen. Smith’s Wikidepia Page:

“Smith sponsored and passed laws dealing with such critical matters as increasing penalties for violations of environmental laws, repairing outmoded combined sewer systems, and reforming the state’s oil spill prevention efforts. Senator Smith’s legislative accomplishments include authoring the Ocean Pollution Bounty Act, Sludge Management Act, Oil Spill Prevention Act, the Worker and Community Right to Know Act and the Clean Water Enforcement Act.”

Just the sort of thing you’d want to see the chairman of the NJ Senate Environmental Committee to boast about, right?

But a closer look at Senator Smith — particularly with regards to wildlife management — reveals a curious relationship with the Hunting and Gun Lobby as well as the recently infamous American Legislative Affairs Council (ALEC), a right-wing organization “composed of conservative legislators, businesses and foundations which produces model legislation for state legislatures and promotes free-market and conservative ideas.”

Let’s go beneath the fold for the gory details.

Closing Remarks on Phillip Kwon

Below is a video of the closing remarks by each of the senators and their vote in the confirmation hearing of Phillip Kwon. It begins with the Republicans. The Democrats follow, starting with Senator Weinberg at the 24:10 mark.

Senate Judiciary Committee Vote

Here is today’s vote on marriage equality along with the statements from each of the senators. It’s worth watching – from the eloquence of Senators Gill and Weinberg to the cowardice of Senator Bateman to the political posturing of Senator Kyrillos. Congratulations to Senators Lesniak, Weinberg, and Sweeney, and to Steven Goldstein for this momentous step.

A new campaign for the State Assembly

I am pumped for this, Dom – Rosi

As details began to leak about the redistricting process, it was clear their would be a new vacancy in the 35th District.  Assemblywoman Pou is poised to move up to the State Senate after Hawthorne was lopped from Paterson and I immediately called Chairman Currie to threw my hat into the ring as a candidate for the vacant Assembly seat.  As a former member of the Board of Education, Haledon Council, and current Mayor – I bring to the table a strong set of qualifications and experience.  

I am already making calls around the newly configured 35th District to leaders of Elmwood Park, Garfield, Haledon, North Haledon, Paterson, and Prospect Park.  I am going to take my message to every County Committee member to show why I would be the strongest Democrat to round out the representation for this diverse district.  

Today’s map was great news for New Jersey’s Democratic Party.  But there is still much work to be done.  We need to make sure we are sending strong progressive Democrats to the State Senate and Assembly, and as many Blue Jersey readers know – I can be counted on to stand up to Governor Christie’s regressive policies being waged on our State’s working class.  

Whether it is marriage equality or the right to collectively bargain, my progressive credentials are strong.  

I will keep you updated as the process unfolds and look forward to working with everyone in the Blue Jersey community as legislative tickets begin to form around New Jersey.