Syria On Our Mind: Some 140 congressmen (largely Republicans) have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to take no action in Syria without congressional approval. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) signed the letter with very specific reasons: “The idea of taking intrusive military action before there is good international understanding of the facts is foolish – especially at a time when the experience of Iraq remains so fresh in our minds.” Good for him! Others who signed the letter with possibly less altruistic, sensible reasons include Republican congressmen Scott Garrett (CD 5) and Frank LoBiondo (CD 2). Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, who believes we should not be the policeman of the world, opposes intervention. Sen. Bob Menendez supports a punitive strike. A spokesperson for Senate candidate Mayor Cory Booker “suggested that inspectors be given as much time as possible so that there exists as much international support as possible for military action – action that should be a last resort.” Learning more about the anticipated outcome and an exit strategy also seem important.
Local Chamber & Business Groups Call on NJ House Representatives to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform: 11:00am, Morris County American Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Offices, 325 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park. As the NJ Congressional Delegation returns to DC on September 9th, leaders urge Representatives to support broad immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey announces its plans to reach female voters through a multi-tiered field program in the months leading up to the November general election. The program aims to educate and mobilize New Jersey voters on the phones, at the doors, and through social media about the need to support candidates who have a strong record of standing up for women’s health.
Public Schedule It may be Labor Day Weekend but these officials are laboring today:
Buono/Siva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono along with other speakers: Rep. Rob Andrews (CD 1), Senate President Steve Sweeney, Mayor Cory Booker: 9:30am, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council South Jersey Labor Day Event, Collingswood Grand Ballroom Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood; Barbara Buono and Councilman John Loffredo: 7:15pm, Meet & Greet, Brickwall, 522 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park; Barbara Buono and Newark Mayor Cory Booker: 8:00pm, Asbury Park Run, Asbury Park High School, 1003 Sunset Ave, Asbury Park.
Governor and gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie: His week-long romp through our beach towns (how good it is to be a governor!) ends with walks on the boardwalk, 11 am, Bradley Beach and 3:00pm, Seaside Heights.
U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker: In addition to the above activities with Barbara Buono: an early afternoon stop with Mayor Pasquale Menna and Vin Gopal, Monmouth County Democratic chairman, at Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank, then with Gopal and Mayor Matthew Doherty for a stroll on the boardwalk, Belmar.