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Friends Don’t Let Friends Veto Equality

If you’re on Facebook, you’re probably being inundated with all things Papal this morning. And, if you follow news of Facebook, you’re probably aware that Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a fundraiser for Governor Christie this week in California.

Both Zuckerberg and Facebook have made major strides in the past few years, turning the world’s largest social network into a more open and inclusive place for the LGBT community. But guess what? Friends Don’t Let Friends Veto Equality. That’s why, at 1p today, @GSEquality, @BlueJersey, @DFAaction and allies and friends are kicking off a Twitter Bomb using the Twitter hashtag #UnfriendChristie to let Mark Zuckerberg know that’s not how friends treat each other.

That’s right, the young, hip, tech-savvy billionaire – who famously, publicly married his wife just last year – is raising money for our anti-equality and anti-(you fill in the blank) governor at his Silicon Valley home on Wednesday.

So, how would you like to take a break from news about the Pope to let the Facebook founder know how you feel about his raising money this week for the man who is single-handedly blocking New Jersey from granting me and thousands of others the same freedom to marry he enjoys? The same governor about whose record no progressive – in New Jersey or California should remain silent.

Earlier this month when the news first broke – there was some great pushback against Zuckerberg on Twitter (where #UnfriendChristie briefly trended), on Facebook (where Garden State Equality received historic traffic), in the traditional media (this sweet Wall St. Journal article, and among politicians, with lots of buzz on the Chamber Train Trip. But this week, with the event scheduled for Wednesday, should be even bigger.

And there will be more actions to come all week, leading up to this Saturday’s anniversary of Governor Christie’s veto of marriage equality. But, at 1p today, I hope you’ll join @BlueJersey and friends in a Twitter Bomb using the hashtag #UnfriendChristie to let Mark Zuckerberg know: Friends Don’t Let Friends Veto Equality.

Cerf, Other Videos from NJSBA Conference

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The New Jersey School Board Association has placed several videos from last week’s conference on their web page.

Only a small portion of the speech by Jamie Vollmer was posted. That’s too bad–it was really good.  He reminded us that there have always been critics of public education, and that people have always thought their schools and their youth were the best, despite the fact that graduation rates are much higher now and that the “olden days” are just a hazy memory.  

On the NJSBA site, you can see Chris Cerf’s entire speech, including the part where he unfolds his 7-region panel plan. You can also watch the panel discussion on tenure reform.  Alas, Vincent Giordano, the Executive Director of the NJEA, was woefully unsupported against the reps the NJ Dept. of Ed.

For Chris Cerf and the tenure panel, go to NJSBA. Here’s Jamie Vollmer:

Christie’s Budget Has More Spending than Corzine’s, Provides Fewer Services

So, New Jersey, you wanted change.  You bought in to the Chris Christie the superhero avenger theme.  Well, this is what you get for it: his first budget does the following:

  • Increases spending to $29.2 billion, more than Corzine’s last budget;
  • Takes about $600 in property tax rebate out of every middle-class homeowner’s pocket;
  • Reduces aid to schools and towns which will increase your property taxes;

  • Reduces services to the public and under-funds the pension;
  • Reduces taxes for the rich.

Christie blusters a good game, but what you are getting is what we said you were getting here at BJ for years — George Bush’s acolyte.  

Corzine was a political dud, sure.  But he increased aid to schools and towns while reducing the size of the budget.  Christie does the exact opposite.

Voting for change is stupid.  You have to vote for the right change.  NJ blew it last November, and we will suffer the consequences.