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  •  He should run (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, LordMike, KingofSpades

    that's an F'n hell of an achievment to turn that state budget and fiscal crises around. Tje California GOP is no different from the New Jersey's GOP. I equate them to emptied abandoned warehouse that you'll see here on the edges of Newark or Jersey City.

    I don't what you'll equate the CAGOP to.

    Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

    by BKGyptian89 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:05:50 PM PST

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    •  NJ GOP is doing miles better than CA GOP (2+ / 0-)
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      They have the Gov (and lt Gov)  and a tied house delegation.

      CA GOP is doing as about well as the Oklahoma Dems are.

      "Unfortunately when the Republican party needs to be a big tent party it seems to me we are doing everything we can to become a pup tent party. " — Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R)

      by lordpet8 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:28:27 PM PST

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      •  And an independent redistricting (0+ / 0-)

        commission that almost always seems to side with them.

        •  Not necessarily. (1+ / 0-)
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          In '91, the tiebreaker (Alan Rosenthal, who reprised his role in '01 and '11 just for the legislative maps) sided with Republicans on both the legislative and Cong. maps.  The result was Democrats being thrust deep into the minority for the decade.  In '01, he sided with Democrats on both maps, throwing us back up to the majority and keeping two-three GOP-held seats potentially competitive.  In '11, we got our legislative maps, but another tiebreaker chosen for the Cong. maps (Rosenthal has had enough) sided with the Republicans.  The result was Dems having a favorable legislative map, but losing a Cong. district, and are now down to only 2 potentially competitive GOP-held seats and making them 0.5% less Dem.  The issue with the GOP-held seats is they have incumbents, which are hard to move in New Jersey (we love incumbents).

          Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

          by KingofSpades on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 02:59:19 PM PST

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          •  Did Rosenthal quit (1+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY

            Or did Christie force him out, as I had been led to believe?

            24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

            by HoosierD42 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:12:51 PM PST

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            •  Christie put duress on him during the process (2+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY, HoosierD42

              and after it as well by hurting his fellowship program.  Rosenthal was bullied one-on-one with Christie to accept the GOP's legislative map (Governors don't get involved because they usually have at least one loyalist in the commission), which he rejected.  Christie couldn't force him out, he just hated being put under heavy pressure and being informally "punished."

              Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

              by KingofSpades on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:42:32 PM PST

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      •  they also have (1+ / 0-)
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        way more than 1/3 of each house in the legislature.

        Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

        by sapelcovits on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 02:26:20 PM PST

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        •  Repubs only have exactly 40% of each house (2+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, lordpet8

          Not exactly "way more," but that's splitting hairs.  Also, NJ Republicans are less destructive than CA Republicans.

          Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

          by KingofSpades on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 03:01:25 PM PST

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