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My Endorsement for Governor

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Throughout my tenure in public service, as Hamilton councilman – as a Mercer County Freeholder and now as an Assemblyman – I’ve come across few elected officials with the personal strength and independence of Senator Barbara Buono. Today, I am endorsing her candidacy for Governor and I am asking Democratic leaders and most importantly voters across New Jersey to join me in supporting her as our party’s nominee for Governor.

As someone who represents a bellwether district in our state, I believe Senator Buono on the top of our Democratic ticket will best help us send a strong message this November.  We need a tough, compassionate, progressive woman like Barbara who will fight for our Democratic principles of standing up for the middle-class and ensuring a better future for our children.

Senator Buono grew up the daughter of an Italian immigrant butcher, in a poor household, sometimes not knowing when her next meal would come and having to rely on public assistance. She worked three full-time jobs, put herself through college and law school and took a job as a public defender, representing some of society’s most vulnerable. She showed why public education is so important for every child in New Jersey. There is a stark contrast between Senator Buono and the past three years of leadership in New Jersey by the Governor, we know we can do better.  I believe Barbara is the best choice to lead us as we face the challenges of creating jobs, rebuilding our communities affected by Sandy and delivering on the promise of our progressive state values.

I look forward to campaigning alongside Senator Buono throughout my district as we take back our state and truly make it ‘Blue’ Jersey again.

Marriage Equality Godmother Loretta Weinberg at Equality Walk

About 500 people came to Equality Walk in Montclair last night, a low-dollar fundraiser that doubled as a huge visibility event for marriage equality in NJ.

On the podium various times yesterday were U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (Sen. Menendez couldn’t be there, but sent his support through Loretta), Rep. Frank Pallone, new Assemblyman Tim Eustace, Assemblyman Dan Benson (a Team Blue Jersey Co-Captain), LD-16 special election candidate Marie Corfield, and of course Garden State Equality’s Steven Goldstein.  

Hat/tip to millnsue who posted this video to YouTube – I snatched it up to post here. Here’s Blue Jersey’s own Loretta Weinberg:

Team Blue Jersey at Saturday’s Equality Walk – for Garden State Equality

TODAY – Saturday, June 23 at 4pm – is Equality Walk, a fundraiser/fun day/visibility event with a no-stress, own pace fun walk looping around Montclair, then a rollicking pub quiz with prizes. Blue Jersey is fielding a team. Want to join us? You can do that – or sponsor us – for just $27.

Meet Your Team Blue Jersey Captains:

Because of a conflict, I may not be able to join you. But look who we have:

  • Alex Hohmann (Walk Captain): Tall, wearing a Garden State Equality t-shirt, yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, black glasses. By the time you see him, Alex will already have run 12 miles. He’ll be there with husband Sean.

  • Assemblyman Dan Benson (Pub Quiz Captain): Supporter of marriage equality in the NJ Legislature, Democrat, trivia master.

  • Allison Peltzman: (Pub Quiz Co-Captain): Beautiful, funny, brilliant, and ready to uphold Blue Jersey’s first-place winning pub quiz record.  Allison will have already run a 5-mile race before Equality Walk.

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    Special Guests: U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg & others from public life. Want photos with them? They’d be delighted.

    About the walk:

    Equality Walk is 2 1/2 miles. It ends around 6pm, looping around Montclair & bringing you back near your car (and the pub)

    For those who can’t complete the whole walk, our volunteers would be happy to take you to the final celebration point, Egan and Son’s Pub, 118 Walnut Street in Montclair, at any time.

    Rain or Shine! (forecast looks great – sunny, less hot) but if it’s pouring, we’ll start the Pub Quiz early

    About the Pub Quiz!

    Starts around 6pm at Egan & Sons Pub (118 Walnut St).

    First round of appetizers on Garden State Equality, drinks & other food up to you.

    How to sign up

    Here’s Team Blue Jersey’s page – Sign up to walk with us or donate

    (Can’t come? Donate!)

    We do accept walkers who simply show up without having registered online.  We will take their cash or credit card information at the Equality Walk.  But it is way easier for us, given the crowd, if your contacts register and process payment online now.

    How to get there & when:

    Start point: Erie Park, Montclair (corner of Walnut & Christopher streets in park)

    Use GPS? Use 85 Walnut Street in Montclair (across street)

    Saturday at 4pm. Loop around Montclair at your own pace, then join us for Pub Quiz at 6pm.

    Parking: Lots of street parking, both free & metered (get there early for free – meters are 2-4 hrs, bring quarters)

    Avoid a ticket! Don’t park at NJ Transit by park, unless you’re local with a permit

    Bring: comfy walking shoes, comfy clothes for the weather, sunscreen, sunglasses if you wear them.

    Free Garden State Equality tee shirts – We Shall Override! – if you raised $250, or on sale at $25 to support our campaign for marriage equality

    Questions? Problems? Leave them here & we’ll try to get you a timely answer – or email EqualityWalk@GardenStateEquality.org or call GSE’s Jon Galluccio on cell (973) 573-4344.

  • All This Weekend – We’re Playing Rush Holt’s Jeopardy

    Last weekend, I attended maybe the most boisterous fundraiser I’ve ever seen: Rush Holt’s live Jeopardy game, with a collection of some of the most well-known people in NJ politics all trying to answer in the form of a question every item of formidable trivia dreamed up by Holt’s campaign staff and the rocket scientist himself. All in the name of fun, all to benefit the campaign of Holt; physicist congressman, 5-time Jeopardy winner, and the only member of Congress to vanquish the IBM supercomputer Watson I was the dork in the back half-jumping out of my seat on every question, but not blurting out loud as the entire audience was instructed to do. I was sitting with Marie Corfield, a Jeopardy veteran herself.

    Among Holt’s players: CD3 candidate Shelley Adler, Asm Dan Benson, Sen. Linda Greenstein, Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel, Princeton professor Sean Wilentz, former state Dem chair Tom Byrne and current chair John Wisniewski and Gov. Jim Florio. Judges were Lambertville mayor Dave DelVecchio, NJEA’s Ginger Gold Schnitzer, and Greta Kiernan, former Assemblywoman and Jeopardy contestant. Rush Holt played both Art Fleming and Alex Trebek.

    Smart batch of people. Aggressive players. But playing purely for fun, for a congressman, my former boss, who was as loose as I’ve ever seen him. High point for me was Holt doing Dana Carvey doing, well, you’ll see …

    All weekend, I’m going to post the questions I can (some are still top-secret). Want to play? Resist the internet and give us your answer in the form of a Question.

    Start you off with an easy category. They get tougher from here. We’ll be posting questions all weekend. Please remember to phrase your answer in the form of a Question:

    All This Weekend – We’re Playing Rush Holt’s Jeopardy

    Last weekend, I attended maybe the most boisterous fundraiser I’ve ever seen: Rush Holt’s live Jeopardy game, with a collection of some of the most well-known people in NJ politics all trying to answer in the form of a question every item of formidable trivia dreamed up by Holt’s campaign staff and the rocket scientist himself. All in the name of fun, all to benefit the campaign of Holt; physicist congressman, 5-time Jeopardy winner, and the only member of Congress to vanquish the IBM supercomputer Watson I was the dork in the back half-jumping out of my seat on every question, but not blurting out loud as the entire audience was instructed to do. I was sitting with Marie Corfield, a Jeopardy veteran herself.

    Among Holt’s players: CD3 candidate Shelley Adler, Asm Dan Benson, Sen. Linda Greenstein, Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel, Princeton professor Sean Wilentz, former state Dem chair Tom Byrne and current chair John Wisniewski and Gov. Jim Florio. Judges were Lambertville mayor Dave DelVecchio, NJEA’s Ginger Gold Schnitzer, and Greta Kiernan, former Assemblywoman and Jeopardy contestant. Rush Holt played both Art Fleming and Alex Trebek.

    Smart batch of people. Aggressive players. But playing purely for fun, for a congressman, my former boss, who was as loose as I’ve ever seen him. High point for me was Holt doing Dana Carvey doing, well, you’ll see …

    All weekend, I’m going to post the questions I can (some are still top-secret). Want to play? Resist the internet and give us your answer in the form of a Question.

    Start you off with an easy category. They get tougher from here. We’ll be posting questions all weekend. Please remember to phrase your answer in the form of a Question:

    Rush Holt hosts high-stakes Jeopardy game

    CATEGORY:       Smartypantses

    ANSWER:          Pretty much what only rocket scientists can do

    QUESTION:       What is, Star-studded Jeopardy fundraisers?

    My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist

    This … is … JEOPARDY!

    There’s a reason Rush Holt’s constituents drive around CD12 with this bumpersticker, why it’s such a hot commodity. Only research physicist in Congress. Advocate for education and research funding. Forward-thinker. 5-time Jeopardy winner. Only man in Congress to beat IBM’s Watson in a head-to-supercomputer Jeopardy matchup.

    But New Jersey may have more than one tough mind ready to play. And Sunday, Holt is hosting some of the smartest people in New Jersey politics in a hot game of Jeopardy.

    Still tix left for Jeopardy 2012 Sunday 4-6pm RSVP/more info.

    Who’s playing?

    Shelley Adler, Candidate for US Congress, NJ-3

    Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson

    B. Thomas Byrne, Jr.

    Gov. Jim Florio

    Senator Linda Greenstein

    Jeff Tittel, Director, New Jersey Sierra Club

    Professor Sean Wilentz

    John S. Wisniewski, Chair, NJ Democratic State Committee

    Who’s judging?

    Mayor David DelVecchio

    Ginger Gold Schnitzer                  

    Greta Kiernan, former Assemblywoman & Jeopardy! contestant

    I promise you, none of these people want to miss any questions in front of this crowd. Expect high-stakes competition from some of NJ’s best and brightest. I’m really looking forward to this, and personally I’ll be cheering hardest for Shelley Adler, a very bright woman running to retake CD3 from a former football player who wasn’t ready for the job when he he was elected to the House, and still isn’t. But then, I think anybody on that list could beat Jon Runyan in a quiz game with half their I.Q. tied behind their back.

    Here’s all the details. RSVPs to Annie@RushHolt.com or (609) 799-0800.

             

    The Paradigms – They are a-Shiftin’

    When we flip on a light switch in our homes, few of us think about the ramifications. Electricity is relatively cheap, so we don’t think of the cost. Most of the time it’s available on demand, so we don’t think about reliability or distribution, and since we don’t see the pollution that resulted from its production, we don’t usually think about the environment. We just flip on the switch, and there’s light.

    But at times, we’re all aware of some of the problems and pitfalls in lighting and heating our homes. We experience power outages, usually attributable to extreme weather. We gripe about our electricity bills, especially during the summer months when our air conditioners run non-stop. We see the environmental cost with dirty air from coal-burning plants and the ever-present threat of a Three Mile Island or Fukushima Daiiachi disaster in our back yard.

    The paradigms about the generation and distribution of electrical power in New Jersey are shifting. It’s not just the move from reliance on dirty fossil fuels to clean energy sources. We also must take into account the need for energy storage to account for the time difference between when renewable energy is available (like solar during daylight hours) and when it is consumed (for example, at night or during overcast days.) We need to recognize that the generation of renewable energy is not done at a few large capital-intensive power plants, but is more of a geographically distributed entity, one which our transmission systems and regulations may not be optimized for. And we need to look into the future where electric vehicles will become more prevalent, resulting in more consumer demand for power in the home, and access to power-hungry recharging stations along the state’s thoroughfares.  The cost of solar power is becoming lower than that of nuclear, and with the closing of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in 2019, a large chunk of the state’s indigenous generation capacity will need to be replaced. And a new player, geothermal energy, is becoming a viable way to heat and cool our homes (for more on geothermal, go to the 4:00 mark in the Chivukula video, below.)