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If you're on Facebook, you've probably been inundated with all things Papal today. But, if you follow news of Facebook, you might have heard that founder Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week in California.

Both Zuckerberg and Facebook have made major strides in the past few years, turning the world’s largest social network into a more open and inclusive place for the LGBT community. But guess what? Friends Don't Let Friends Veto Equality. And, that's what Zuckerberg is doing by supporting Christie. So, this afternoon @GSEquality, @BlueJersey, @DFAaction and allies and friends have been using the Twitter hashtag #UnfriendChristie to let Mark Zuckerberg know that's not how friends treat each other.

That's right, the young, hip, tech-savvy billionaire - who famously, publicly, married his wife just last year - is raising money for NJ's anti-equality and anti-(you fill in the blank) governor at his Silicon Valley home on Wednesday. It's the kind of thing you'd expect the technorati to take notice of. (Oh look - here's BuzzFeed doing just that.)

So, how would you like to take a break from news about the Pope to let the Facebook founder know how you feel about his raising money this week for the man who is single-handedly blocking New Jersey from granting me and thousands of others the same freedom to marry he enjoys? The same governor about whose record no progressive - in New Jersey or California should remain silent.

Earlier this month when the news first broke - there was some great pushback against Zuckerberg on Twitter (where #UnfriendChristie briefly trended), on Facebook (where Garden State Equality received historic traffic), in the traditional media (this sweet Wall St. Journal article, and among politicians, with lots of buzz on the Chamber Train Trip. But this week, with the event scheduled for Wednesday, should be even bigger.

And there will be more actions to come all week, leading up to this Saturday's anniversary of Governor Christie's veto of marriage equality. But, today, I hope you'll join @BlueJersey and friends in a Twitter Bomb using the hashtag #UnfriendChristie to let Mark Zuckerberg know: Friends Don't Let Friends Veto Equality.

(Modified from a post this morning on Blue Jersey.)


NJ Governor Jon Corzine ends speculation today when he announces that he has picked Loretta Weinberg to be his Lieutenant Governor.

This is the woman we've called the Godmother of Progressive New Jersey. The uphill-battler of corruption in politics, particularly where she finds it in her own party. the transparency advocate. The fighter - way out front - on marriage equality.

Congratulations, Senator Weinberg!

Sen. Weinberg was a guest last week on Blue Jersey Radio, talking about the speculation she might be picked. Easily the progressives' choice, there were literally shouts of jubilation in the Garden State when rumors leaked late yesterday that she would be the choice.

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Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM PST

Rick Warren? Are you kidding me?

by noweeman

UPDATE #2: As suggested by a number of commenters, you can email Parag Mehta - his email address is: - with your opinion.  He is Obama's LGBT liaison on the transition team. - noweeman

UPDATED: After years of lurking, and just my 15th diary, thanks so much to everyone for getting this to the Rec List. Now if only Obama would read this, and respond - noweeman

Anyone stumble upon this little doozy yet today?

Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an author and leader of the Saddleback Church, are among the select group of people who will participate in Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.

Rick Warren? Are you kidding me?

Why in the name of, well ... God, would Obama choose someone whose outspoken beliefs are substantively no different from the James Dobson's of the world? There's a thriving progressive religious community in every faith, and many believe the religious left is ascendant.

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This week on Blue Jersey Radio: We were joined by a very special guest, and New Jersey's newest Democratic Congressman-elect - John Adler, NJ-3. John's was one of the top targeted districts in the country - held by Republicans for over a century - and he shares his insight on the campaign, his goals for Washington, and more. Meet the next great Democratic Congressman from South Jersey: only on Blue Jersey Radio.

And, if you don't have 30 minutes for the whole rip-roarin' show, you can listen to just the Adler interview (13 minutes) courtesy of co-host (and tech advisor) Jason Springer with a visit to Blue Jersey. Enjoy the show!

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Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 09:26 AM PDT

Taking Off Work for Election Day?

by noweeman

Election Day is going to be nuts this year - and someone needs you. You betcha they do.

Obama needs you, Lautenberg needs you, the person running to represent you in Congress needs you, your local candidates really need you, and the democratic process needs you.

With a record number of voters anticipated to come out on November 4th, every candidate needs more volunteers than ever that day - as many as they can get - to provide visibility for the campaign, to serve as challengers at the polls, to staff the phones to get out the vote, to drive voters to the polls, to go door-to-door to make sure supporters remember it's election day, and to deal with the unexpected things every campaign should expect will happen on election day. They need you.

It's time to ask off work for Tuesday, November 4th. You'll be glad you did.


Have You Taken Off Work for Election Day Yet?

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The House of Representatives - the People's House - should be the most accountable to voters given that every member must stand for reelection every two years. Yet, despite ridiculously low Congressional approval ratings, incumbents are still expected to be reelected at a 90% rate or more. Indeed - the 7 New Jersey seats held by Democrats are universally considered safe. (Quick - can you even name the Republican challengers in the 6 races being contested? - I couldn't.)

Not so for the 6 seats held by Republicans. When the polls close two weeks from this moment, we have 6 chances to increase the democratic majority in the NJ House delegation. And, although conventional wisdom suggests some of these chances are better than others - there is reason for optimism in all of them.

What's your favorite surprise prediction for election day? Take the Poll on Blue Jersey, where this diary is cross-posted. Or, ok fine, just take the poll here.


How many Republican-held House seats will flip in NJ this year?

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 07:25 AM PDT

Whom Would Jesus Vote For Again?

by noweeman

One of my least favorite things to see in politics is claims of religion supporting one party over the other. It's offensive when Republicans do it, and I don't much care for attempts by Democrats to do it either.

But that doesn't mean we can't speak of policy decisions by referencing voters' religious beliefs and sensibilities in ways that unite us all. And, that's exactly what happened for the better in New Jersey last night.

Dennis Shulman, Rabbi and NJ-5 Candidate for Congress who is putting the fight to avowed Christian "conservative" Scott Garrett, took that opportunity in the first of three scheduled debates.

Shulman landed Blue Jersey's Quote of the Day when discussing Garrett's vote against SCHIP by noting that Garrett was violating a fundamental biblical tenet:

"Even your scripture, Scott, says heal the sick and cleanse the leper."

Indeed, there is more to be found in every religion that unites us than can ever be found to divide us.

Score 1 for Dennis, and credit PolitickerNJ's Matt Friedman for great coverage of the NJ-5 debate.


This week on Blue Jersey Radio: Our guest is Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Communications Director Hannah August. Or, I guess in acronymspeak, that would be the DSCC's DCD, HA. Hannah is a former Senator Menendez staffer, and joins us tonight with insight on New Jersey's Senate race, and races around the country. Are we really looking at a filibuster-proof majority? Find out tonight on Blue Jersey Radio, at a special time - 6:30 p.m.

And, of course, Jason Springer and I will follow up the interview with the week in New Jersey politics, and the Garden State implications of national stuff ahead of tonight's final presidential debate.


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As Ohio goes, so goes the nation - at least I hope so. In fact, this year sets up a showdown between Ohio, the acknowledged king of presidential picking (and currently a toss-up state) and at least 5 other pretenders to the thrown throne.

Yes, you might be surprised to learn that in addition to Ohio, there are 5 other states with at least a 40-year streak of picking the winner in presidential contests: Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. (And, in the case of Kentucky and Tennessee, their streak of wins goes as far back as Ohio's, with their last loss being 1960.)

With polls showing McCain sage in Kentucky, favored in Louisiana and Tennessee, and with slim leads in Missouri and Arkansas, 2008 may just be the year Ohio proves its mettle as king of the kingmakers.  For the nation's sake, c'mon Ohio - let's make it 12 straight!


I realize multi-tasking is a new word, and perhaps even a new concept. But, it's hardly a new skill, or a rare one. In 2008, it seems to me that every worker bee, every mom, every college student, every everyone needs to be able to deal with the task at hand, while simultaneously keeping an eye on the future.

Shouldn't we expect the same from the most powerful person on the planet?


Is multi-tasking a necessary skill for the President of the United States?

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I've been to many conferences, and this was definitely one of the best - great speakers, friendly participants, amazing surprise guests - and Austin, TX is definitely a cool city to visit. Since I was sent there on a DFA scholarship, thanks in no small part to the help of New Jersey voters - I tried to keep the New Jersey-bound in the loop as much as possible, with a series of Netroots Nation diaries during the conference.

Now, I took a bunch of pictures, but I'm certainly no photographer. Still, flip on over to the other side to see some of them. It will definitely help me fill in some of the blanks left out in the earlier diaries, and recap some of the highlights of the conference.

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This long primary season has been the absolute best thing to happen to the democratic party in a generation. Howard Dean's 50-state strategy has come to life in the primary precisely because we're fighting it out amongst ourselves to choose a nominee, not just in Iowa and New Hampshire anymore, but in South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and California and Texas and New York, and South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and,... well, maybe not Michigan.

And it's because of this process of engaging our own voters - and the independents who are newly registering as democrats and participating in droves - that we're going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House. Yearggghhh indeed.


While I actually don't mind a bit that PA, NC, IN, and ETC. get a chance to be courted and to have their say, we are starting to see the continued primary having the potential to hurt the morale of both Obama and Clinton supporters. (Yes, this may seem obvious to some. But then again, it seemed obvious to some that we should have rallied around one or the other of the candidates a long time ago, and they were wrong.)

"Obama-Clinton 2008" - that's where I think this is headed. I would be happy with that, and so would an awful lot of people.

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