Martin Perez's allies have mobilized a campaign against Senator Bob Smith (D-17), who continues to use "senatorial courtesy" to block Gov. Chris Christie's nomination of Perez, head of the Latino Leadership alliance of NJ, to the Board of Governors of Rutgers.
The pro-Perez coalition is calling for a community meeting today at Smith's Piscataway office.
"Historically, there has been only one previous Latino member of the Board, Ruben Cardona, who was appointed by Governor Whitman. Since the expiration of Mr. Cardona's term a succession of Governors have been asked to ensure diversity on the Board, to no avail. Finally, we have this appointment and Senator Smith has erected himself as a roadblock for the last 18 months," said Maria Teresa Feliciano, spokeswoman for the coalition.
The pro-Perez group has launched a protest communication campaign that includes two weeks of continuous emails and phone calls; and two community meetings at Smith’s office to demand he sign off on the appointment.
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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