Pelosi Tells NJ Dems: ‘We do Place Ourselves in a Time of Urgency’

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Democratic Party activist Priscilla Garces and her mother of Newark were in attendance at Pelosi's speech.
Democratic Party activist Priscilla Garces and her mother of Newark were in attendance at Pelosi’s speech.

ATLANTIC CITY – The presence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the premises at the end of the week when she announced an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump delivered a national news nugget on the doorstep of Harrah’s in time for the convention of Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie’s annual conference.

New Jersey was suddenly nationally relevant.

Pelosi walked out to a hero’s welcome, above a crowd that didn’t include the big shot party chairs from a night earlier.

“On that day [Constitution Day], we learned of that conversation that completely dishonored that Constitution,” she said. “None of us came to Congress to impeachment a president. We came to work for working families.”

She thanked Gov. Phil Murphy and made a point to celebrate him – and the state legislator – for their performance as New Jersey’s leader.

Moments later, turning to the impeachment question, Pelosi was grave.

Pelosi
Pelosi

“When the Constitution was adopted, Ben Franklin came out of Independence Hall and was asked, ‘Mr. Franklin, what do we have a monarchy or a republic?’

“‘A republic,’ he said, ‘if we can keep it.'”

Not that “we place ourselves in” in the same vein of greatness as the founders, Pelosi said.

“But we do place ourselves in a time of urgency to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the speaker said.

The upcoming election is important, she added.

2020 presumably.

Yes.

“What is America? We are a nation of immigrants, which they denigrate,” Pelosi said. “Our values, which they undermine. So there is a great deal at stake in this election The character of this nation in this election.”

It was a short speech.

“Thank you, New Jersey,” was the closer.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Booker onstage in Atlantic City
Booker onstage in Atlantic City

Shortly before she spoke, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) hopped onstage on the invitation of Currie.

The junior senator running for president invoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“What will become of our dream on our watch?” Booker wondered aloud, part of a truncated version of his stump speech from the campaign trail.

Next up was Governor Phil Murphy, who like Currie had a pillar of fire presence about him, apparently eager to transfer the room mood into sustained palpable statewide politics.

Booker was supposed to introduce him, and he did, sort of, just before an onscreen infomercial filled in the Murphy narrative in its own specifically non-self associative Murphy-friendly-centric voice.

Murphy introduced Pelosi.
Murphy introduced Pelosi.

Amid audience howls, Murphy threw an elbow at his predecessor, Republican Governor Chris Christie.

Democratic State Committee Executive Director Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye emceed the entire event.
Democratic State Committee Executive Director Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye emceed the entire event.

“Instead of demonizing public school teachers, we are working with them,” Murphy said.

Christie, the governor said, also “hollowed out” NJ Transit.

Now, it’s different, he argued.

“We are making New Jersey a national model,” Murphy said.

So, there is, in fact, a hardly secret post-New Jersey aspiration there for Murphy, or at least an immediate larger canvas.

Just like Christie, who ran for president in 2016.

Predictably, Murphy pivoted to Trump.

“He couldn’t cut it in Atlantic City,” Murphy said. “America should have asked us about his deal-making skills.

“Democrats are making New Jersey stronger and fairer,” added the Democratic governor at war with his own party.

IN THE CROWD FOR PELOSI'S SPEECH: Senator Nellie Pou and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter of LD35.
IN THE CROWD FOR PELOSI’S SPEECH: Senator Nellie Pou and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter of LD35.
Honored by the Democratic State Committee with a trailblazer award, Newark Council President Mildred Crump (center) celebrated with, from left: T. Missy Balmir, Sherryl Gordon Hall, Truscha Quatrone, and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15).
Honored by the Democratic State Committee with a trailblazer award, Newark Council President Mildred Crump (center) celebrated with, from left: T. Missy Balmir, Sherryl Gordon Hall, Truscha Quatrone, and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15).

 

 

 

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