Welcome to the latest installment of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's week in review.
Now, here's a look back at some of the news from this past week and some of the upcoming events around the state next week and beyond. Please share stories that interest you with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
That's Barbara Buono (BWOH'-noh)
Check out this new video introducing Barbara Buono and her story to the voters.
Star Ledger: Barbara Buono to launch first TV ad later this month.
In this ad, Senator Buono reminds the voters that there is another New Jersey that the Governor isn't talking about.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) endorsed Senator Barbara Buono for Governor. The RWDSU represents over 14,000 workers across New Jersey.
Senator Buono has been speaking to voters around the state including a recent diner stop where she went booth to booth meeting and speaking about the issues.
The Senator's campaign responded to the Governor's second negative ad as well.
The Democratic Governors Association also responded to Chris Christie's ad strategy: "Chris Christie is just another shameless politician. His newest negative ad against Barbara Buono makes his campaign strategy clear: spend his campaign money on false negative advertising and rely on Sandy recovery money for his positive advertising. While Christie may think it's clever to use federal taxpayer dollars to promote himself, it's an unseemly abuse of his office that he should stop immediately."
Chris Christie's Broken Promises, Fund Raids and Inflated Rhetoric Hurt NJ Residents
The Record: Christie lowers 'Jersey Comeback' budget forecast for a second time.
- Editorial: Court should keep Gov. Christie's hands off housing trust funds
- Editorial: Christie has broken his promise on open space.
- PolitickerNJ: Lottery 'privatization' proposal could be a bump in fiscal road, OLS says.
- Poverty up 20 percent among N.J. children 5 and younger, report says.
- N.J. Assembly Budget Committee discussion keys on confidence in revenue estimate.
- NJ non-partisan group: Key part of Christie tax-credit plan could be unconstitutional.
Christie Misrepresented Legislative Intent
- Star Ledger: Lawmakers never intended for the state to seize local affordable housing funds without first giving towns guidance on how to spend the money, according to a letter they sent to the state's Supreme Court justices: “As a result, towns across the state, including many experiencing significant housing challenges in the aftermath of Sandy, are faced with the prospect of abandoning viable, shovel-ready projects and relinquishing their funds to the state,” the lawmakers wrote. “That the state defends its actions by appealing to the legislative intent behind the law so clearly designed to stimulate production of affordable housing is baffling.”
Seniors And Families Can't Afford Chris Christie's Policies
NJ Spotlight: About 25 percent of New Jersey’s elderly cannot meet their basic living expenses, according to the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, which says rising rents of the last three years have made it difficult for most seniors to meet expenses.
NJ Kids Poorer This Year Than Last, More Families Slip Below Poverty Limit: An annual survey of the well being of children in New Jersey found rising poverty and an increasing inability of families to make ends meet.
Open For Business At The Shore
- Congressman Pallone announced that all beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend at Sandy Hook, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
- USA Today: Jersey shore ready to welcome tourists again.
Chris Christie: Climate Change Denier
Governor Chris Christie doesn't think NJ Transit came up short in planning for extreme weather caused by climate change. He rejects the notion that Hurricane Sandy was linked to climate change.
Chris Christie Denies Climate Change Has Anything To Do With Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Buono responded to the Governor's denial: "Wake up!" Buono said. "How much proof do you need? This kind of putting his head in the sand, being in denial, is not going to solve our problem. Being in in denial is going to have the future Sandy be the legacy our children are going to inherit."
You're right, Gov. Climate change didn't CAUSE Sandy.
Under the Dome
Three Democratic bills aimed at controlling gun violence gained final legislative approval in the Assembly and are headed to the Governor's desk.
The N.J. Assembly passed a bi-partisan bill to streamline business tax incentive programs.
The state Assembly passed a bill that would allow for the prosecution of leaders of dogfighting rings under organized crime statutes, as well as legislation to toughen the penalties for abusing animals.
A bill designed to stop employers from snooping through private information on social media networks passed unanimously (74-0) in the Assembly.
Legislation to provide loans to small businesses to help cover costs of going green passed the full Assembly 74-4 and heads to the Senate for further consideration.
Speaker Oliver said that Christie has been less than transparent on college grant list
A bill imposing new requirements on privatization contracts is heading to Governor Christie’s desk after passing its final legislative hurdle. The bill would outlaw new contracts that rely on increasing fees or cutting services to save money. It would require the state to demonstrate any savings came from increased efficiency or other improvements that would not diminish services.
Senator Menendez and Congressman Holt are supporting a bill to boost craft beer companies.
After more than two decades of impasse over chemical regulations, a bipartisan group of senators led by Senator Lautenberg announced a compromise that won support from both environmental and industry officials.
Senator Menendez cited what he called the “Second Scandal” of 501(c)(4) Abuse in Wake of IRS Controversy and laid out the abuses in a hearing.
Senator Menendez and Congressman Sires Joined Port Officials, Labor & Industry Leaders To Highlight Progress Toward Raising Bayonne Bridge.
Congressman Pallone participated in a hearing and Called for greater clarity in the law regulating compounding pharmacies.
Congressman Holt accused Republican lawmakers of trying to balance the federal budget on the “backs of students,” during a press conference Thursday.
Congressman Payne introduced The Promise Neighborhoods Act, which will make permanent the federal funding of Promise Neighborhoods, a program that provides competitive grants to support neighborhood-based, cradle-to-career educational and social support programs for children in distressed neighborhoods.
Congressman Pascrell was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy by Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero, the highest honor bestowed by the Italian Republic.
Congressman Andrews introduced legislation that will help students choose the right college. The legislation would require that a wide range of easy to understand data be readily available when students begin their college search, such as school graduation rates, average student loan debt, and student success in finding work upon graduation.
Join Congressman Rush Holt, Garden State Equality, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and others for a discussion about Marriage Equality in New Jersey!
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton)
7:00 - 9:00 PM To RSVP or for more info, contact Eliza at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bob Gordon Fundraiser
Bottagra (80 Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne)
Fundraiser for Assemblyman Vincent Prieto
Nanina's in the Park (540 Mill Street, Belleville)
Whelan For Senate Fundraiser
Mays Landing Country Club (Patio) Cates Rd., Mays Landing
6:00pm to 7:30pm
$150.00 Host $40.00 friend
For more info Jane@whelanforsenate.com
Assemblyman Wisniewski & Tonio Burgos Evening Reception with Senator Barbara Buono
Baker Farms (93 Church Lane, East Brunswick)
Join Congressman Rush Holt for a Breakfast and Conversation with Barbara Buono, Democrat for Governor
The Home of the Lambert Family (115 North Road, Princeton)
8:00 – 9:30 AM
GUEST: $150 | FRIEND: $250 | SUPPORTER: $500 | CO-HOST: $1,000 | HOST: $2,500
To RSVP or for more info, contact Annie O’Toole at(609) 799-0800 or Annie@RushHolt.com
Checks payable to: Buono for Governor Mail to: P.O. Box 140, Metuchen, NJ 08840 ATTN: Joseph Schweitzer, 5/30 Holt
Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Oliver Host A Cocktail Reception Honoring the 2013 Camden City Democratic Candidates
Mayor Dana Redd, Councilman Curt Jenkins, Councilwoman Marilyn Torres, Council Candidate Arthur Barclay
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
The Victor's Pub (Delaware Avenue & Market Street, Camden City, NJ)
$300 per Individual Guest, $25 City Committee Members, $25 Local College Students, $25 South Jersey Young Democrats
RSVP to 856-382-1348
Rep. Rush Holt's Jeopardy Fundraiser
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
West Windsor Arts Council (952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction)
Individual: $1,000 Genius • $500 Brilliant • $250 Clever • $150 Smart
RSVP to Annie O'Toole at (609) 799-0800 Annie@RushHolt.com
Wine Tasting With Burlington County Sheriff Candidate James Kostoplis
1 Alfred Drive, Bordentown
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please RSVP to Kostoplis4Sheriff@gmail.com. Donation is $60 per guest, Checks can be made payable to: EFO James Kostoplis for Sheriff
Bard Shober for Freeholder Fundraiser
Home of Art and Mary Slomine (9 Exeter Court, Margate)
6:00pm to 8:00pm
For More Info email@example.com
Bergen County Democrats’ 2013 Chairman's Spring Breakfast with NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney
8:00 am - 9:30 am
The San Carlo (Stuyvesant Ave, Lyndhurst)
$25 donation by check can be made payable to "Victory 2013" RSVP to Jeanne Dressler by Wednesday, May 22nd at 201-487-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast Fundraiser in support of 40th District Candidates Anthony Galietti and Leo Arcuri
Breakfast in Honor of Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, 34th District
Mayfair Farms (West Orange) $100pp
For information call 973-808-0022
Atlantic County Democrats Charity Softball Game To benefit American Legion Post 28 (Absecon)
Harry Bowen Field, Port Republic
11:00am to 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $10.00
Bring a side dish for more info email@example.com
Monmouth Dems Primary Pasta Night
Special Guest Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald
5:30 PM to 7:30pm
VFW (1515 Corlies Avenue/Route 33 West, Neptune Township)
Full Pasta Buffet, Dessert, Soft Drinks, Wine & Beer Served!
Admission: $25 per person Chairman's Club Members: FREE ADMISSION* *
To join the Chairman's Club, please Click Here
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Questions? Call Joe Grillo at 732-739-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Morris County Democratic Committee’s Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser
Honored Guest Speaker Senator Barbara Buono
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
The Hyatt (3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown)
Dinner Ticket $100.00, Couples $175.00, Seniors/Students $75.00
Please add $10.00 per person at the door for NON reserved seating.
Please RSVP or send questions by June 3 to: Dave Cochran at DaveCochran@hotmail.com or (973) 540-9042
Fundraiser for Assemblyman Craig Coughlin
8:00 AM -10:00 AM
Mastori's Diner (144 Route 130, Bordentown)
New Jersey Democratic State Committee Reorganization Meeting
Save the Date! Rep. Rush Holt is hosting a Cocktail Party with some of Trenton's best and brightest New Jersey's Young Politicos
Settimo Cielo (17 East Front St, Trenton)
5:00 - 7:00 PM GUEST: $40 | HOST: $200 | CHAIR: $400 To RSVP or for more info, CLICK HERE
Or contact Annie O’Toole at (609) 799-0800 or Annie@RushHolt.com
Assemblyman John Wisniewski's Beach Blanket Birthday Bash
Breakers (1507 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake)
Contact Doug Dodson at 732.525.1400 or email@example.com
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We will continue to have updates about news and events from our elected officials and the many campaigns across the state. There will certainly be more to come next week. Have a great weekend.
John Wisniewski, Chairman
New Jersey Democratic State Committee