By Max Pizarro | November 15th, 2012 - 12:06pm
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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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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

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