An Intellect Surfaces in NJ: Green Party Member Chris Hedges

The news of intellectual heavyweight Chris Hedges launching his congressional candidacy in CD-12 as a Green Party member prompted ho-hums from the New Jersey political establishment, a two-party duopoly (to quote Ralph Nader), in this case unable to process the paradigm of Hedges’ core thinking – or even ‘thinking’ generally.

If War is a Force that Gives us Meaning, New Jersey Politics is a depleted husk that intensely means the opposite of what it purports.

In any case, this will be hard viewing, as Hedges speaks in sentences, not slogans, prioritizes people not machines, and engages ideas (wait, what) rather than Twitter…

Stateside Affairs Welcomes New Team Member

Stateside Affairs welcomed a new team member to its ranks, LisaMarie Gaeta, who will serve as a social media and public relations manager.

From the firm’s announcement: ‘She has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from RIT. With a decade of marketing experience, she is passionate about social media marketing and has a strong background in managing social media across numerous industries. She strives to provide a quality experience over just quantity. Her clients haven’t only gained more followers, but have experienced a direct ROI as a result of her efforts.’

Murphy in the Oval Office.

Report: Bellmawr Gym Owners File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Murphy’s Closure Order

According to a Courier Post report: ‘The owners of a Bellmawr gym have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Gov. Phil Murphy’s authority to close their business during the pandemic state of emergency. The lawsuit on behalf of The Atilis Gym contends the governor’s actions are unconstitutional and threaten the firm’s survival.’ Read the report here.

Larry Hamm

AC Mayoral Candidate Thomas-Fields Opts to Bracket with U.S. Senate candidate Hamm

Pam Thomas-Fields, candidate for mayor of Atlantic City, ground zero for politics in the July 7th Democratic Primary, will bracket off the line with progressive U.S. Senate candidate Larry Hamm.

Awarded the organization line by the chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee, Thomas-Fields’ opponent, Mayor Marty Small, will apparently bracket with Presidential candidate Joe Biden and CD2 candidate Amy Kennedy; although there was at first a little turbluence around the mayor’s position.

Hamm’s opponent, incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), is bracketing off the line with CD2 candidate Brigid Harrison, Kennedy’s rival to go up against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2).

The Hamm-Thomas-Fields bond was not unnatural.

They apparently met at a candidate’s form where Hamm represented Bernie Sanders and Thomas-Fields served as a surrogate for Kamala Harris. They got along. Also, like Hamm, Thomas-Fields originally hails from Newark.

CD2 Dem Harrison Ran a Republican House Campaign in PA in the 1990s

Running in a combative Democratic Primary for the Second Congressional District seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2), Brigid Harrison managed theRepublican primary race election for Ellen Fisher in PA 166th House District in the early 1990s. She was Brigid Callahan at the time. The Montclair University political science professor tweeted about it in 2017 to then-Governor Chris Christie, noting “When you were getting married, I ran a Republican campaign in PA against the architect of the Pa. Abortion Control Act.” Sparked by the Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy to more actively identify with the Democratic Party, and later embarrassed by the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, Harrison has not made a secret of her GOP roots, pointing out to InsiderNJ earlier this year that her late father was a Republican councilman in Runnemede. She also ran for Atlantic County Freeholder (as a Democrat) in the early 1990s.
The night before his impeachment acquital in the senate, Trump delivered a speech that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would rip in half immediately after his delivery.

Report: Stepien Announced as Trump’s Deputy Campaign Manager

Bill Stepien, who had been White House political director before joining the Trump campaign in December, was announced Tuesday as deputy campaign manager of the president’s re-election effort, according to this NJ.com piece by Jonathan Salant.


Sweeney Crowns Kean New Jersey’s Machiavellian Kung Fu Master

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) is turning Zoom-cropped heads in Trenton as the suddenly brilliant political maestro of the moment.

Either that or Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) made a phone call and Kean couldn’t help but affirm the suggestion of the South Jersey leader, who’s no political dope.

With just 15 members in a caucus whittled down to near-kindling wood in the Christie years, Kean – while running for Congress under President Donald J. Trump in the 7th District – will have a party platform with which to bash Democrats, who outnumber Republicans by over a million strong in this state, and whose governor has a plus 70% approval rating during the COVID-19 virus.

That’s because Sweeney acquiesced to the GOP’s demand for the senate to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s rresponse to the COVID-19 virus.

In his COVID-19 briefings, and as recently as today, Murphy kept referencing the 911 Commission chaired by former Governor Tom Kean, Sr.

But Junior is evidently the Cardinal Richelieu presence behind Sweeney’s version.

Caucus members are irritated, a source told InsiderNJ, as they watch Kean and company officiallly rescuitated by Sweeney, the duties of their specific committees routed through a bipartisan legislative committee driven by the apparently still-smouldering Senate Prez.

He and Murphy never got along.

It looks, the source opined, like Sweeney’s own crossing of the Rubicon, to keep the energy directed toward weakening Murphy rather than embodying the Democrats’ Murphy-allied senate president, making the choice to assert a coalition of Southern Democrats and otherwise fairly moribund Republicans instead of uniting fractured Dems in the lead-up to 2021.

It’s another case of Democrats dividing themsleves, but this time under the auspices of vengeful politics more than street smart moves-making informed by the likelihood of Murphy occupying the top of the Democratic ticket next year.

And Kean looks like the state’s master Machiavellian as a consequence.

Senate President Steve Sweeney released a response to Gov. Phil Murphy's letter regarding the current draft of the NJ 2020 budget, a draft of which was sent from the NJ Legislature sent to Murphy for review.
Senate President Steve Sweeney



Political enemies NJ Governor Phil Murphy and NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney will come together to highlight pre-K budget investment at Oakview Elementary School in West Deptford. They will also tour pre-K classrooms and speak to the press.

Murphy Considers the State Senate’s Latest Salvo

Governor Phil Murphy today responded to the pre-Memorial Day news that the state Senate is proceeding with an investigation into the Murphy Administration’s response to COVID-19.

“We had our first case on March 4th. I was under the knief that day. I’ll bet if you look back, you can see I’ve said we need a post-mortem, a la the 9/11 Commission. Here’s where I’m going to be as committed: we’re still working 24-7 to save lives. With all due respect, that’s gotta be job number one right now. “

Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Fulop

Native of Romania Elizabeth Fulop has died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 95.

The grandmother of Jersey City was a strong woman who lived independently in Bloomfield until she was 94, according to Governor Phil Murphy, who honored her today in his press briefing.

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