The NJDSC Week In Review for May 24, 2013

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!

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Chris Christie's Broken Promises, Fund Raids and Inflated Rhetoric Hurt NJ Residents

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

Under the Dome

Congressional Corner

  • 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.


  • May 28
    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

  • May 29
    Senator Bob Gordon Fundraiser
    Bottagra (80 Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne)

  • May 29 
    Fundraiser for Assemblyman Vincent Prieto 
    6:30 PM 
    Nanina's in the Park (540 Mill Street, Belleville) 

  • May 29
    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

  • May 29 
    Assemblyman Wisniewski & Tonio Burgos Evening Reception with Senator Barbara Buono 
    Baker Farms (93 Church Lane, East Brunswick) 
    Contact 954-673-1168

  • May 30 
    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  
    Checks payable to: Buono for Governor Mail to: P.O. Box 140, Metuchen, NJ 08840 ATTN: Joseph Schweitzer, 5/30 Holt 

  • May 30
    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

  • May 30 
    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

  • May 30
    Wine Tasting With Burlington County Sheriff Candidate James Kostoplis 
    1 Alfred Drive, Bordentown
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
    Please RSVP to  Donation is $60 per guest, Checks can be made payable to: EFO James Kostoplis for Sheriff

  • May 31
    Bard Shober for Freeholder Fundraiser
    Home of Art and Mary Slomine (9 Exeter Court, Margate)
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
    $25.00 pp
    For More Info

  • May 31 
    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

  • June 1 
    Breakfast Fundraiser in support of 40th District Candidates Anthony Galietti and Leo Arcuri 
    Brownstone, Paterson  

  • June 2 
    Breakfast in Honor of Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, 34th District 
    Mayfair Farms (West Orange) $100pp 
    For information call 973-808-0022

  • June 2
    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

  • June 3  
    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 
    Questions? Call Joe Grillo at 732-739-8888 or email

  • June 6
    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 or (973) 540-9042

  • June 10
    Fundraiser for Assemblyman Craig Coughlin
    8:00 AM -10:00 AM
    Mastori's Diner (144 Route 130, Bordentown)

  • June 13
    New Jersey Democratic State Committee Reorganization Meeting
    Location TBD

  • June 24
    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

  • June 25
    Assemblyman John Wisniewski's Beach Blanket Birthday Bash
    Breakers (1507 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake)
    6:00-8:00 pm
    Tickets $500
    Contact Doug Dodson at 732.525.1400 or

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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



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