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In March 2003, at the invitation of then-Councilman Michael Wildes (D-Englewood), Senator Hillary Clinton attended and spoke at a free reception that was open to the public at the Radisson Hotel in Englewood.  Councilman Wildes also organized a private reception before the event that netted approximately $50,000 for the Senator from New York.   Given the contentious Bergen County primary between State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Mayor Wildes and their respective Assembly slates in the 37th District, will Senator Clinton repay the previous support of Mr. Wildes with a public boost to Wildes and his team during the Primary campaign?  

State Senator Loretta Weinberg, a leader in the movement to reform politics in New Jersey and also an icon for women who seek elected office, is running off-line in the Democratic Primary for re-election to the State Senate, along with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle.  Mayor Wildes, backed by powerful Bergen County Chairman Joe Ferriero, is running on the regular Democratic line for State Senate against Ms. Weinberg, along with current Hackensack Police Chief and former Assemblyman Charles "Ken" Zisa as well as Cid Wilson, the Director of Equity Research at Kevin Dann & Partners LLC.

Since first being elected to the United States Senate, Mrs. Clinton has made a concerted effort to move to the right and embrace causes that will make her more electable in a general election.  These same newly found positions have caused erosion in her support in the progressive community.  Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Mrs. Clinton has the encouragement of much of the Democratic Party establishment including Governor Corzine and many top presidential fundraisers.

Should Mrs. Clinton enter the fray in Bergen County on the side of the Wildes team, she is sure to further enrage progressives and reform-minded citizens who have disdain for the political machinations emanating from the Bergen County Democratic Party.  Since progressives make up a large chunk of Democratic Primary voters in New Jersey, a Clinton stump speech for the Wildes team may spell defeat for her in the New Jersey Primary.  On the other hand, a Clinton visit would likely make the difference in a close primary and cause the Wildes slate to be elected, which would demonstrate Mrs. Clinton’s political firepower in New Jersey.  If Mrs. Clinton were to campaign for the Weinberg team, she would risk the support of the Bergen County political machine and like-minded politicians and their supporters in the State of New Jersey, but would most likely enable the Weinberg team to triumph in June.  Clinton then would be able to woo back some of the progressive community in New Jersey and in other parts of the country.

Of course, Mrs. Clinton is no stranger to divisive politics.  Should the Senator from New York see her base of insider political support falter in New Jersey, a visit on behalf of the Wildes ticket before the Primary would not be far-fetched.  On the other hand, should Senators Obama and Edwards continue to be the fan favorites of the progressive community and either take a lead in New Jersey, a late show of support for the Weinberg ticket in the high-profile race in Bergen County may help persuade last-minute progressive voters to support Mrs. Clinton.  In the final analysis, it may be suggested that Senator Clinton stay out of Bergen County until after the Primary election.  She loses no matter what ticket she would endorse and her time would be better spent elsewhere.  

Originally posted to shaptalk on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 08:20 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Didn't Corzine just endorse HRC (0+ / 0-)

    why should Clinton care about the internal state politics of New Jersey if she's already picked up the endorsement of the state's governor? She has to campaign in North Bergen. It's a big district in Jersey. It's just across the river from NYC. She's not going to talk about local politics, she's running for the highest national office in the land. I think the good people of North Bergen understand that. It's not about the front runner riding the coattails of assemblymen and state senators, it's the other way around.

  •  Why indeed.... follow the money (0+ / 0-)

    Could it be that Bergen County is loaded with cash?

    If anything, Hillary is a consummate fundraiser.

    Or maybe she wants to have dinner at Baumgart's.

    Send lawyers, guns and money. The shit has hit the fan..... Warren Zevon

    by Trim Your Bush on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 08:46:07 PM PDT

    •  The primary is in June (0+ / 0-)

      and HRC crosses the line of making a move interpreted as support for non incumbants....

      I dunno, the party's official position is support incumbants, that would be Wienberg, Johnson & Huttle.

      Weinberg just recieved a national DFA endorsement.

      NJ & Va are the only 2 states to vote for all state legislators this year, In NJ LD's 37 & 21 look to be where the action is.

      I think HRC stays out of it until after the Primary. She;s ab;e to raise money in NJ many other ways.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 08:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  Baumgart's? (1+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox

      You must live in Englewood. I'm an Englewood resident.

      Wildes and Ferriero are fools. Ken Zisa, who's on the same ticket as Wildes, is a major league crook. I can't stand either of them! Go Loretta!

  •  HRC risks alienating (0+ / 0-)

    folks if she shows up at any event for the BCDO non incumbants in LD 37. THough she just got a bunch of NJ endorsements, so the risk is lessened.

    Heres a vidoe for the Real Bergen Democrats.

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 08:47:06 PM PDT

  •  She should also not pass up (0+ / 0-)

    McCarthy and Snerd counties, if she knows what's good for her.

    Never trade luck for skill.

    by valion on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 09:55:41 PM PDT

  •  HRC risks .... (0+ / 0-)

    "alienating" folks who already have the genetic marker for Clinton dislike just by getting out of bed in the morning.

    You just can't make some folks happy no matter what you do, so do what you feel you should Hillary.

    I'm sick of America being covered by conservative crap

    by emsprater on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 06:05:33 AM PDT

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