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Brick City, Newark

I just came across a great Huffington Post piece by our old friend Jack Bohrer about how Mayor Cory Booker helped bust a heroin deal on the streets of Newark this summer. The guy buying? From Whitehouse Station. Five minutes from my house, here in safe, bucolic Hunterdon County. Christie country.

In a million years, Christie’s running mate Sheriff Kim Guadagno would never cop to the contribution people from the “safe”, predominantly white communities we both live in make to the Newark streets she so fears. That’s another reason why her remark about being afraid on the streets of Newark is so unsettling.

Newark is imperfect, close-to-the-edge, and complicated. But what’s important isn’t only that Newark has crime, gang violence, drugs, trouble. It’s about what people are willing to do to shed light and make change.

Cory Booker – all lit-up and full-out – is a sleep-deprived, non-stop twittering agent of change, and walks those streets like a man on a mission. And he’s not the only one. Attention must be paid. And now, following the 2005 Oscar-nominated documentary which tracked his campaign, comes another film about Booker and his city: Brick City, a 5-night documentary made for the Sundance Channel.

Man, how do you not notice that something worthy and exciting is happening in Newark? Republican or Democrat. If you can’t see past Newark’s “reputation,” you’re in no position to stand behind its progress, or to lead its folks. Or anybody else, given that this is our city.

Brick City premieres tonight at NJPAC. Just blocks from the well-lit Rutgers campus Guadagno’s afraid of. Maybe somebody should buy the lady a ticket. Here’s a promo, which airs starting Sept. 21:

New Video Profile of Dennis Shulman

A lot of great media has been produced over the last few years in New Jersey Democratic politics, at the professional level, by amateurs, and a number of activists in the middle. This new video released by Dennis Shulman’s campaign might be my favorite positive piece of supporter-produced media yet.

Filmmaker Matt Kohn spent some time with Shulman and produced a really fantastic piece of video highlighting his interactions with voters, his personal story, and his pitch to the voters of the fifth – “sensible leadership” and the importance to all of us of being able to feel proud of our country.  Spend a few minutes and check it out:

I think we’ve all got to give the Shulman campaign a lot of credit. Without the early and automatic establishment backing that other Congressional campaigns enjoyed elsewhere in the state — and in a district that has not been kind to Democrats — they have run a stellar campaign from the beginning, and never once let up. The Shulman campaign in the fifth district would not likely be on anyone’s radar this year had Dennis and his team not worked as hard as they have. And to their credit, they’ve got us all paying attention.

Dennis Shulman for Congress