This Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 pm we will be having our second meeting of the year. It will be in Hardenburgh Room A4 (NOT room A3 as it says on the brochures). We will be having our first discussion of the year led by our political director, Dani.
We will be participating in a Mini Golf and BBQ event (Facebook event) with the Middlesex County Democratic Organization on Sunday, September 21 from 2-5 pm. It will take place at Skyline Mini Golf in Woodbridge, NJ. It is $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Any members that would like to attend this event are welcome to do so. If you do wish to attend, please bring the $25 to the meeting so we can secure your ticket to the event.
Our club publication, The Jackass, is looking to recruit staff writers and to establish an executive board. If you are interested in writing or becoming a member of the executive board stop by our meeting. We meet Wednesdays at 9:30 in Hardenburgh Hall room A2. All are welcome!
We hope to see you there!
Secretary – Rutgers University Democrats
This week we will be visited by the Mayor of Woodbridge, John McCormac. Woodbridge is New Jersey’s 6th most populous city with just under 100,000 citizens. McCormac had served as chief financial officer and business administrator of Woodbridge Township, during James McGreevey’s tenure as Mayor of the Township. When McGreevey became governor in 2002, he named McCormac treasurer of New Jersey. When Richard Codey succeeded McGreevey in November 2004, he retained McCormac in the post of State Treasurer. John McCormac has been Woodbridge Township’s Mayor since November of 2006.
This week’s meeting will take place in room A3 of Hardenberg Hall on George Street on the College Avenue Campus at 9:30pm. Free pizza will be served.
In other news, we will continue to gather signatures for Cory Booker’s petition (for entry onto the ballot). Those who have completed their first book of signatures should bring them to the meeting this week.
Also, the Jackass, our monthly magazine, now in its second semester of publication is looking for new editors. While we already have a decent editorial staff, we are always growing and are eager to recruit new writers. If you would be interested in contributing to the Jackass, as a writer or a cartoonist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of our meetings at 4:45pm on Friday afternoons in the Scarlet Latte.
We are a Democratic Party Magazine but writers of all political persuasions are welcome. If you are interested in contributing but do not want to commit to write every month, no problem. Random submissions are more than welcome. Write an article (or a proposal if you don’t want to invest in a full article before you know if it will be printed) and email it us or bring it to one of our weekly meetings.
This week’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18, at 8:30pm in dining room A/B of the Brower Commons on College Avenue where we will be joined by United States Senator Cory Booker (D) of New Jersey. All members and friends of members are welcome. No RSVP is necessary. walk-ins are welcome.
Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed your break. A lot has happened this January. As a former member of the Buono for Governor Campaign, I can’t stop thinking, “I told you so.”
This week’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30pm in room A3 of Hardenberg Hall on George Street on the College Avenue Campus. We will be visited by New Jersey State Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula. Chivukula lives in Franklin and has represented the 17th legislative district (borders College Avenue Campus) since 2002. Free pizza will be served.
Edward G. Romano III
Secretary Rutgers University Democrats
On Tuesday we had a run on College Avenue with Cory Booker. Also, Election Day is this coming Tuesday, so try to participate in a GOTV program, several of which are listed on our Facebook:
Bear with us while we enact some dramatic changes to the website.
On September 24th, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and NJ’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono both showed up at the RU Democrats Voter Registration table outside of Brower Commons. They wanted to stress the importance of voting to students and encourage freshmen who aren’t yet registered to do it soon! If you are not registered to vote, come to the next RU Democrats meeting, Tuesday at 9:30, Hardenburgh Hall Room A3.
Our first meeting went very well, with guest speakers including Mayor of Piscataway Brian Wahler, Middlesex County Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, and representatives from both the Barbara Buono and Cory Booker campaigns.
We also hosted a press conference on Monday for Cory Booker right here at Rutgers. Only students affiliated with the RU Democrats were allowed to attend, so make sure you join if you want to be involved in more events like this one. Booker will be returning to Rutgers in the near future. More details are on the way!
With two elections in the next two months, we are faced with an extraordinarily special semester. Even though many have ruled out a victory for Barbara Buono against Governor Christie in November, her odds have improved significantly in the past months as her poll numbers have steadily increased. With the rising property taxes and more increases in in-state tuition at public colleges including Rutgers, more people have begun to look beyond Governor Christie’s celebrity in the media and recognized the harmful effects of his policies. With a low expected turnout for the election, the key will be to convince registered Democrats, who vastly outnumber registered Republicans in the state, that their votes can bring a change in the Governor’s Mansion and are also essential to retaining the Legislature. In addition, voters will have the opportunity to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 with annual cost of living increases as there will be a question on the ballot to amend the state constitution to that end.
In the same spirit, we must also ensure that voters show up at the polls to vote for Cory Booker in the Special Election for Senate, which Governor Christie set for a Wednesday, thereby potentially confusing many voters as voting has taken place on Tuesdays in almost every election in memory.