April 11, 2007

Big Win For Progressives in New Jersey

Today it was announced on politicsnj.com:

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero will endorse State Sen. Loretta Weinberg tomorrow, ending a civil war in the 37th district. Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes will drop his challenge to Weinberg in the Democratic primary, as will Assembly candidates Ken Zisa and Cid Wilson.

This is a huge win for the progressive movement in New Jersey.

State Senator Lorreta Weinberg is the godmother of progressive politics in New Jersey. She won a highly contested election at the party convention two years ago, which involved going to court to open uncounted ballots. Democratic Boss Joe Ferriero want to place his buddy, Ken Zisa, as the next senator and the people stood in his way. He tried to get revenge this year by backing challengers to Weinberg and her running mates.

Weinberg and her running mates Gordon Johnson and Valerie Huttle received almost every single endorsement a Jersey progressive wants.

Democracy For America
EMILY’s List
Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Englewood Democratic Club
NARAL Pro-Choice New Jersey
SEIU New Jersey State Council
New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center
PAM’s List
Bergen County Black Caucus
Communication Workers of America
Garden State Equality
Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO
New Jersey Funeral Directors
Latin American Society of New Jersey
New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Environmental Federation
New Jersey Stonewall Democrats
Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey
Bergenfield Councilman Bruce Carlson
Englewood Council President Charlotte Bennett Schoen
Englewood Councilman Scott Reddin
Englewood Cliffs Council President Ilan Plawker
Leonia Council President Mary Heveran
Leonia Councilman Tony Puzzo
Maywood Councilman Timothy Eustace
Maywood Councilman John E. Savage
Maywood Councilman Nancy Jengo
Teaneck Mayor Elie Y. Katz
Teaneck Deputy Mayor Lizette Parker
Teaneck Councilwoman Monica Honis
Teaneck Councilwoman Jacqueline Kates
Tenafly Council President Patrick Rouse
Tenafly Councilman Michael Lattif
Tenafly Councilwoman Carol Hoernlein
Tenafly Councilwoman Nadia LaMastra
Tenafly Councilman Jon Warms

The progressives in Bergen County are trying to pry the Democratic party away from Boss Ferriero and this is a huge step in the right direction. Ferriero runs pay-to-play to perfection and has the ability to raise enormous amounts of money with no qualms about spending it. He doesn’t always use it for campaigns, but has spent thousands on a party at the Borgada Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

We have a ways to go, but we are making progress.

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