Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28).

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo on Wednesday’s Washington D.C. Mess

“The main mission of the Trump followers in my opinion was to destroy the original ballots of the electors. Thankfully a staff member thought quickly and  secured them. Imagine if they got their hands on them. Last ditch effort to blow up  the election.”

Armstead

Armstead Not Ruling out 2021 Run Against Scutari

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said he is mulling over whether to run against longtime foe state Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) this year.

“Yes, running against Nick is something I have been giving much thought to and have not ruled it out,” Armstead said on Thursday in a legislative election year.

Carl Golden, senior contributing analyst with the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, argues that despite continual mass shooting incidents in the U.S., gun rights absolutists will win Congress once more, and either no or purely cosmetic action will take place.

Rep. Kim Aids Officers In Capitol Clean-Up

CD3 Rep. Andy Kim assisted police officers in cleaning up the Capitol following yesterday’s storming by protesters:

LD3 Assemblyman John Burzichelli

Appropriations Committee Holds Early Voting Bill

The Assembly Appropriations Committee this morning will not hear A-4830, the early voting bill, as originally scheduled, Chairman Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) announced at the hearing.

and the Republican Party

Facebook Blocking Trump’s Accounts ‘Indefinitely’

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be blocked ‘indefinitely’, and for at least the next two weeks:

The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Kennedy and Van Drew.

Kennedy Critical of Van Drew after Day of Capitol Hell

In my campaign, the main critique I offered of my opponent was that he used his time in Congress to promote his career and to curry favor with the President and special interest campaign contributors instead of doing the hard work to help people here in South Jersey who are hurting. But Jeff won the election and so my earnest hope was that he would take the message from the more than 180,000 people in his district who chose not to vote for him, and shift his focus to healing our nation and working across the aisle to get families and small businesses help now.

Sadly, he has chosen to engage in more political theater instead of doing what he promised the people of South Jersey he would do — roll up his sleeves and get things done. What’s even worse is that he is choosing to throw his lot in with a fringe group who refuse to concede that Joe Biden is the President elect even when Trump’s staunchest supporters like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham acknowledge the process has run its course.

Woman shot dead inside the Capitol Building.

The New York Post has the story here.

Stanley

In the Pinkin Aftermath, a Developing LD18 Duel

They need to fill former Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin’s LD18 seat, in what adds up to a test of Middlesex County democratic Committee Chairman Kevin McCabe’s strength in the sprawling, nondescript county with plenty of ragged working class immigrant edges.

Pinkin left the assembly to become the county clerk over there and now the party organization appears to have circled up around East Brunswick Council President Sterley Stanley ahead of a scheduled Jan. 12th convention.

Presumably South Plainfield – helmed by local towering figure state Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-18) will back the party’s choice, but sources say Stanway may not be able to tiptoe through without arousing the district’s 800 pound gorilla otherwise known as Edison.

Stanley, who is South Asian American (but not from Edison), made the rounds this week, and left a trail of mild grumbling in Edison, home to roughly 150 committee votes out of 350 – enough to tickle the political fancy of local heavyweight, two-time Councilman Joe Coyle.

Coyle has to be looking at the raw numbers and salivating a little.

East Brunswick only has 70 committee votes.

Then again, as mentioned at the outset, the county party organization will lean into this for party guy Stanway, in part alert to an imbalance if Coyle joins to other white males (Diegnan and Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak) to represent a district losing Pinkin, which numbers 15,693 South Asians, second only to Northern European Americans at just over 20K).

But the fact that the party didn’t recruit a woman created its own wrinkle of bewilderment over Stanley.

Will it be enough to catapult an Edison-galvanized Coyle into the race?

“He’s going,” a source assured.

A second source said Coyle’s going and Edison is likely to unite behind him, in part to get him out of the way as a mayoral candidate.

“He has a very good shot if most of Edison sticks with him,” the source said of Coyle.

Coyle
Coyle
Cryan

Senator Cryan Condemns Trump’s Abuse of Power

Like most of us, I’ve had a lot to think about today.

It’s a sad day in our nation’s history. The violence and insurgent actions essentially encouraged by our outgoing President are a stain that will never be removed.

The idea of our country was formulated in overwhelming opposition to oppression and our refusal to bow to a King.  What we witnessed earlier today is the antithesis of the very foundation of our democracy.  America was born in valid protest, but what we just witnessed was far, far from that.

Storming our nation’s Capitol and threatening our duly elected leaders to try and prevent them from carrying out their duties on behalf of our nation are the actions of the cowardly, and it is impossible to condemn those actions strongly enough.

Elections have winners, losers, and consequences.  But it is the worst kind of abuse of our democracy to falsely allege fraud in an effort to distort those consequences on behalf of the loser.

Our country will survive and thrive because that is who we have always been.  We will take today’s abuse of power, responsibility and authority by our outgoing President and grow from it.  But we will never forget what happens when we allow ourselves to be led by an individual whose only interest is self-interest.

I would like to thank every member of law enforcement, every legislator, every staff member, every journalist, every public servant and each and every American impacted by today’s horrendous events.

In our constantly changing world we can easily become desensitized by the 24 hour news cycle.  But what we saw today should not happen in America and, no matter your party affiliation or political ideology, it is something we all need to carry with us as we move forward in this time-tested Democratic experiment.

Booker

Capitol Hell: Booker Takes the Floor

“We brought this hell upon ourselves,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the aftermath of a day of bedlam on Capitol Hell. “It’s unprecedented that he’s fanning the flames of conspiracy. The shame of this day is… that good Americans are choosing Trump over truth.”

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