LINDEN – U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) approves of state Sen. Barbara Buono’s (D-18) selection of a running mate.
Buono picked Milly Silva, executive vice president of SEIU 1199 – a choice she plans to formalize on Monday.
“I think she’s a great choice,” Menendez told PolitickerNJ.com. “Milly obviously has a background in government (as a labor leader), but from the outside. She has worked on numerous state issues and I have worked with her on federal issues. She’s a great organizer and will serve the ticket well.”
Here to announce the awarding of a federal fire grant to the Linden Fire Department, the senator commented on a Roll Call story this week jeering at the New Jersey Democratic Party as the most dysfunctional in the country.
“With all due respect to my friends at Roll Call, they see things from 30,000 feet,” Menendez said. “Democrats hold a majority in the state Senate and state Assembly. We will again have two U.S. senators who are Democrats, and Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives.”
Menendez, of course, coined the phrase “Christiecrats” to describe those members of his party reduced to inaction in the face of the aggressively tramping Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
But he refused to accept that his party is a shambles.
“Clearly, ideas and idealism are still a large part of the party despite a fixation on those areas where Democrats agree with the governor,” Menednez said. On the millionaires’ tax, minimum wage and other issues, Democrats here have starkly laid out their differences with Christie, he added – enough to cut into the large lead Christie now holds over Democratic challenger Buono, the senator argued.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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