If you want to know what someone truly values, look at their checkbook. It’s simple, really. Our money is limited and there is a bright line between things that interest us – things that don’t get our money – and things we consider vital – things that do get our money.
In the last year, Blue Jersey has taken the lead on everything from turning back the false Republican charges against Senator Bob Menendez to pushing our allies in the state legislature for full marriage equality to identifying and publicizing state-level races that might have otherwise not been considered viable. And throughout all of that, very few people have received any payment for their actions (make that “two people” – as in our Statehouse correspondent and our intern doing the news updates). So when we say that we are the grassroots, it’s because we are sweating and swearing and pushing and pulling all levels of government to be more responsive to the people of New Jersey every single day.
We know all too well what we are doing. Activists and politicians alike come here to help get their message into the hearts and minds of progressive New Jerseyans. We never ask an entrance fee – we only ask that our community is treated with the respect it deserves. We are more than happy to allow campaigns and public interest groups to reach beyond us to the members of our community and ask them for volunteer hours and cash and support of all kinds.
And we are glad to do it.
Take a look at the ads in the far right sidebar. Those are the folks who have determined that they want to do more than just use Blue Jersey as a magnifier for their own message. They understand that Blue Jersey works best when it has a broad base of support and is allowed to function in the manner that made it what it is – a strong independent voice for progressive politics.
Now take a look at it again. Notice who isn’t in that sidebar.
If you are a member of a progressive group that believes New Jersey needs Blue Jersey’s strong voice of leadership, I urge you to discuss with them the possibility of running an ad. If you are a politician who is running for office and you want to show how strongly you believe in Blue Jersey’s mission – the mission of democracy – then you should do more than just consider buying an ad. You should do it. Not just because it is part of a smart strategy of reaching out to progressive New Jerseyans, but because it is the right thing to do. It shows that you aren’t just trying to use us and wring whatever free press you can from us. It shows you believe that power truly does belong in the hands of the people, and you aren’t afraid of having your name and likeness associated with that belief.
Or, alternatively, just consider becoming a recurring patron of the site. For as little as $5 a month – a ridiculously low amount you could scrape up in change – you can help keep us going. Use our BlogPatron page and shout out in the comments to let us know what level of support you can share with us.
Update: I forgot to include a mail link for those who want to buy an ad. DOH!