New Jersey supporters were at Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire headquarters trying to pump up support for the former Secretary of State’s ailing campaign, while back in New Jersey, a group that favors Sanders is hoping to recruit serious opposition for them in June..
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sounded energized despite polls showing Clinton struggling to pull off tie like she did in Iowa when New Hampshire voters cast their ballots in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary election.
Among the New Jersey Democrats who rallied Clinton’s New Hampshire supporters, Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie ridiculed Senator Bernie Sanders’ agenda, which he described as “pie in the sky” while U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) said Bernie does not understand the president’s responsibility to protect the public.
“The major issue in elected office, what I do every time I affirm my responsibility, is to swear to protect the security of the United States; that I will protect our citizens from attacks, foreign and domestic,” Pascrell said. “Hillary understands that. With Bernie, it’s an addendum. I’m not saying he doesn’t love America any less than she does. But it’s just that root understanding of responsibility. Our first priority is to protect the public.”
Pascrell failed to support those assertions, but recent remarks from Sanders suggest the New Jersey Congressman intended to give the crown a false message.
“I will protect America, defend our interests and values, embrace our commitments to defend freedom and human rights, and relentlessly combat terrorism,” said Sanders. “Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies must have the tools needed to protect us, but there must be legal oversight and it must be done in a way that does not sacrifice our basic freedoms.”
In fact, Sanders recently indicated that he has a better grasp on security and defense than his hawkish opponent.
“We are spending hundreds of billions of dollars maintaining 5,000 nuclear weapons,” said Sanders during a debate last month. “I think we need major reform in the military, making it more cost effective, but also focusing on the real crisis that faces us. The Cold War is over.”
Clinton supported a Republican-sponsored resolution to give President Bush the authority to invade Iraq, a vote she later called ‘a mistake’
Lizette Delgado-Polanco, vice chair of the Democratic State Committee, applauded the young volunteers from the Garden State who traveled to New Hampshire to campaign against the man who would make higher education tuition free, by taxing Wall Street trades to fund public colleges and universities.
There remarks only heartened the resolve of Democrats for Change strategist James Devine, whose grou is recuiting pro-Sanders Democrats to challenge incumbents whose values are out of touch with America,
“It is sad to see Democrats make excuses for the Republicans, because there is nothing in Senator Bernie Sanders’ agenda that cannot be done well and for less expense that the current system, which gives all economic gains to the rich and literally robs the poor and working classes,” said Devine. We can have a $15 minimum wage, expanded Social Security benefits, higher retirement age, free public education through college, and elections that are no longer polluted by corrupt campaign contributions.”
“Americans can accomplish all that and more,” said Devine, wondering who would be a strong challenger to Pascrell and the Passaic County freeholders in June.
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Despite the attacks launched by various Clinton supporters, Sanders says he is proud of his record and eager to take on new challenges as president.
“During my tenure in the Congress, I have taken on virtually every powerful special interest, from Wall Street to the insurance companies, to the pharmaceutical industry, to the military industrial complex -but what my campaign is about is standing up to the billionaire class today,” Sanders said.
Before being sworn in as Vermont’s Representative to Congress in January of 1991, Sanders was elected and served as Mayor of Burlington, Vt., where he revitalized the economy and solidified support for progressive municipal policies for eight years in the 1980’s.
Burlington is now widely heralded as an environmentally friendly, lively, and livable city with a thriving economy, including one of the lowest jobless rates in the country. Residents give Sanders credit for steering the city in a new direction that, despite early skepticism, proved to be broadly popular with voters.
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