The NJDSC Week In Review for June 1, 2012
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!
New York Times Calls Christie a Fiscal Phony
- Paul Krugman, a columnist with the New York Times, called Governor Christie a "fiscal phony" this week for Christie's willingness to borrow money in order to cut taxes for the wealthiest New Jersey residents.
- Politifact found the Krugman's claims about anemic job growth under Christie to be TRUE.
Assemblyman Wisniewski demands Port Authority Documents Related to Toll Hike
- Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, has asked that the Port Authority turn over any documents from 2010 forward related to the toll increases, the tunnel, hiring practices, overtime and property leases.
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- If you are interested in becoming a delegate, click here for the Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support Form. Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms must be returned by June 7, 2012 for At-Large delegate and Alternate Candidates and Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate Candidates. Original forms must be returned to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee at 196 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/US_Congress_02.jpg" src=" http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/US_Congress_02.jpg" />Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator Bob Menendez announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $587,190 in federal funding to Rutgers University for water quality and coastline ecosystem research in New Jersey.
- Senator Frank Lautenberg chastised House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans for backing off a deal that would preserve lower interest rates for student loans.
- Senator Bob Menendez announced a 2.83 million grant to Newark and Jersey City to clean up abandoned sites deemed moderately contaminated by the EPA. These sites are often called brownfields.
- Congressman Rob Andrews worked to bypass a months-long wait list for White House tours in order to ensure that a woman with terminal cancer could take the tour with her family.
- Congressman Frank Pallone asked the Department of Interior extend the period for public comment regarding on the department’s proposal to engage in seismic testing for oil exploration of the New Jersey coast. Pallone has opposed the plan and asked that the public have more input. The department agreed to Pallone’s request.
- Congressman Bill Pascrell, who is an outspoken advocate for veterans and co-chair of the Congressional Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, applauded U.S. Marine Monroe Seigle, who received the Purple after sustaining a concussion during an IED explosion during his service in Iraq. Congressman Pascrell fought to have the guidelines for Purple Heart honorees amended to include those who experienced traumatic brain injuries while in the service of the United States.
- Congressman Steve Rothman released a statement in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated in June.
- Congressman Albio Sires voted to support funding for veterans healthcare facilities and programs.
Under the Dome
- Assemblyman John Wisniewski responded to yet another of Governor Christie’s “town hall” meetings, demanding that the Governor stop using the phrase “Jersey Comeback” when New Jersey residents are still experiencing unemployment above 9%, a level that has been steady for Christie’s entire tenure in office.
- Senator Jim Whelan's legislation to authorize mobile on-premise casino gaming has passed the Senate. The legislation heads to the Assembly for consideration.
- Assemblywoman Mila Jasey called on Governor Christie to use the sizeable sum of money coming from the federal foreclosure settlement to help those who have been hurt the most by the questionable practices of some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.
- Senators Ray Lesniak and Nicolas Scutari are sponsors of legislation that expands eligibility for the State's Drug Court program. The bill passed the state Senate and heads to the Assembly for consideration.
- Senate President Steve Sweeney's legislation preventing towns from implementing "user fees" as a means to get around raising property taxes has passed the Senate.
- Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, along with Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Assembly Budget Chair Vincent Prieto, Assembly Majority Conference Leader Gordon Johnson, and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer issued a video discussing the Democratic legislation to raise New Jersey's minimum wage.
- Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is sponsoring legislation to permit gestational carriers agreements. The legislation passed the Senate and heads to the Assembly for consideration.
- Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano sponsored legislation to invigorate the state's wedding market. The legislation was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
- June 4
Shelley Adler for Congress and Burlington County Democrats Headquarters Opening
3003 Lincoln Drive W, Suite F
- June 4
Fundraiser for Erica Polito for Freeholder 5th District and Egg Harbor City Local Candidates
Irish Eyes Pub
446 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City
- June 4
John Arvanites for Congress Fundraiser
Cocktails 6:30 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm
Lithos (405 Eisenhower Parkway Livingston)
$500 per individual/$1,500 per PAC
Please R.S.V.P. by June 1st to Tiffani Llerandi at
- June 5
Sussex County Democratic Committee Kicks Off: 2012 Freeholder Campaign
Arthur’s St. Moritz (9 White Deer Plaza, Sparta)
Featuring two Democratic candidates for Freeholder:Susan Williams and Jim Tighe.
Free snacks/hors d’oeuvres, cash bar
- June 6
Ocean County Democratic Sheriff Candidate “Bob” Armstrong
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aqua Blu Restaurant (3410 Route 37 East, at the foot of the Mathis/Seaside Bridge, Toms River)
Light Buffet, Beer and Wine will be served
$1000 for Host/$500 for Co-Host/$300 for Friend/$75 for Individual
Please make check(s) payable to: “Bob” Armstrong for Ocean County Sheriff 2012
C/O Maureen Floor, Treasurer:(1941 Kwansan Court, Toms River, NJ 08755)
- June 6
Assemblyman John McKeon
Madison District Office Grand Opening
4pm-8pm with ribbon cutting at 5pm
250 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
RSVP to (973) 377-1606
- June 6
Fundraiser for Colin Bell
Candidate for Freeholder at Large
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Ventura's Greenhouse Tiki Bar
106 S. Benson Ave., Margate
- June 12
Reception with President Obama
The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Doors Open at 5:00PM
Guest- $250, Sponsor- $1000, Patron- $2500, Co-Chair- $10,000
- June 12
Morris County Democrats Re-Organization Meeting 6pm-7pm
Spring Gala with Special Guest Newark Mayor Cory Booker 7pm-9pm
90 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
RSVP to Dave Cochran at (973) 540-9042
more information can be found at www.morrisdems.org
Assemblyman Dan Benson Breakfast Event
Senator Fred Madden Summer Reception
The Adelphia Restaurant on Clements Bridge Rd in Deptford, NJ
$500 per person
Join in a Greek Evening of Dancing with Fantasia Music
Fundraiser for John Arvanites 11th District Congressional Candidate
Lithos (405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)
VIP $250pp, General $100pp
Senate Democrat Majority Breakfast Fund-raiser
The Trenton Marriott
$1,500 per person
11th Annual Beach Blanket Birthday Bash
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 6 - 8 PM
1507 Ocean Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ
$500 | Call 732-525-1400 for more information.
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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