Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Voters Beware: When the Going Gets Tough, Bucco Wants To Just Go!

When your Senator publicly announces he wants to leave the district he represents and the problems he's supposed to fix, it's time to help him pack his bags and show him the door!
Buck the Parties on November 5th and Vote Castriotta for NJ State Senate in the 25th District!
There are 139,000 registered voters with unaffiliated registered voters taking the lead!

43% Unaffiliated 34% Republican 23% Democrat



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An Endorsement from the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey

On October 19th, I attended a press conference at the Trenton State House where I had the pleasure of participating in the announcement of my endorsement as the Independent candidate for NJ State Senate in the 25th district by the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey!

I'm extremely grateful for the honor of having the support from this distinctive and exceptional group of women who have worked tirelessly to advance women's equality. I will continue my lifelong commitment to win the right of women's economic equality, secure the protection of women's health care rights, and promote women leadership in government.


Press Release

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Announces Endorsement of Candidates for 2013 Legislative Race
By Sharon Weiner | October 17th, 2013 - 3:15pm

Press Release

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Announces Endorsement of Candidates for 2013 Legislative Race

For Immediate Release Contact: Shari Weiner
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 (908)202-8386

Trenton, NJ – On Thursday, October 17th, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) announced the endorsement of candidates for the November 2013 Legislative race.

Flanked by women from both sides of the aisle including: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senator Diane Allen, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Loretta Weinberg, District 18 Assembly Candidate Nancy Pinkin(D), District 25 Senate candidate Maureen Castriotta (I), and District 26 Senate candidate Avery Ann Hart (D), WPCNJ Political Resource Director Shari Weiner announced that the WPCNJ is endorsing thirty-six women in their bids to win seats in the state Senate and Assembly.

“Politically, women make up more than 50% of the population, however, their elected representation pales in comparison. Today, women hold 35 of the 120 New Jersey legislative seats, which is just 29.2%. It is more important than ever to endorse and support these women candidates” said Weiner.

"We are committed to women candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission regardless of party affiliation. We are extraordinarily proud of all the women here today, Democrats, Republicans and Independents standing and working together for the benefit of every citizen of New Jersey.", said Weiner.

"The women endorsed today include thirty Democrats, three Republicans and three Independents. Twenty-five of them are incumbents, while eleven are challengers. We are proud to support this diverse group of talented women, who are ready to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives," said Weiner.

Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee has made contributions to candidates in the 2013 election cycle.

A complete list of the endorsed candidates is below.

Candidates Receiving Endorsement of Women's Political Caucus of NJ
*signifies incumbent

Celeste M. Riley (D)* – District 3, Assembly
Gabriela Mosquera (D)* – District 4, Assembly
Pamela R. Lampitt (D)* – District 6, Assembly
Diane Allen (R)* – District 7, Senate
Susan Kane (D) – District 10, Assembly
Amber Gesslin (D) – District 10, Assembly
Diane Binder (I) – District 12, Assembly
Allison Friedman (D) – District 13, Assembly
Linda R. Greenstein (D)* – District 14, Senate
Shirley K. Turner (D)* – District 15, Senate
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)* – District 15, Assembly
Marie Corfield (D) – District 16, Assembly
Ida Ochoteco (D) – District 16, Assembly
Nancy Pinkin (D) – District 18, Assembly
Annette Quijano (D)* – District 20, Assembly
Nancy Munoz (R)* – District 21, Assembly
Linda Stender (D)* – District 22, Assembly
Rebecca Feldman (I) – District 25, Assembly
Maureen Castriotta (I) – District 25, Senate
Avery Ann Hart (D) – District 26, Senate
Mila M. Jasey (D)* – District 27, Assembly
Cleopatra G. Tucker (D)* – District 28, Assembly
M. Teresa Ruiz (D)* – District 29, Senate
L. Grace Spencer (D)* – District 29, Assembly
Eliana Pintor Matin (D)* – District 29, Assembly
Sandra Bolden Cunningham (D)* – District 31, Senate
Angelica Jimenez (D)* – District 32, Assembly
Nia H. Gill (D)* – District 34, Senate
Sheila Oliver (D)* – District 34, Assembly
Nellie Pou (D)* – District 35, Assembly
Shavonda Sumter* (D) – District 35, Assembly
Marlene Caride* (D) – District 35, Assembly
Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)* – District 37, Assembly
Loretta Weinberg (D)* – District 37, Assembly
Holly Schepisi (R)* – District 39, Assembly
Jan Bidwell (D) – District 39, Senate

Contact Info:

For more information on the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey visit www.wpcnj.org.

WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Happy Victory for Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey!

So happy about New Jersey's victory for marriage equality! It's really too bad Gov. Christie thwarted legalizing same-sex marriage at every turn and let his political aspirations take precedent over standing up for human rights.

During the second gubernatorial debate, Christie said he wanted his children to follow their dream whatever it may be yet he used his power and taxpayer's money to prevent others from following theirs. Thankfully, the NJ State Supreme Court did the right thing and ruled on the side of civil rights. Now same-sex couples in NJ can marry and follow their dream!

My best wishes for a very happy life of wedded bliss to all the same-sex couples in our great state joining together in marriage!



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Today's a Special Election Day

Today's a Special Election Day in New Jersey. As citizens, we have a responsibility to keep our democracy strong and vital. Buck the Parties and go out and vote Independent!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fenimore Landfill and Tonight's NJ Gubernatorial Debates

Tonight's NJ gubernatorial debate between Governor Christie and challenger, Senator Buono is being hosted by C-Span and NJTV. NJTV has been covering Roxbury Township's dire situation with Fenimore Landfill. It's one that reeks of corruption and cover-up. Whether by intention or not, NJ politicians & government officials allowed a convicted felon to reopen Fenimore Landfill with disastrous results - the good people of Roxbury are being poisoned by the exposure to the landfill's toxic waste and our quality of life is destroyed. We are NOT getting answers from our politicians, the NJ DEP, or Governor Christie as to why this situation was allowed to happen. Moreover, those impacted by the landfill are now suffering from health and quality of life issues but not receiving the financial help & comfort needed by the NJ DOH and State. Additionally, Governor Christie, who had remained uncharacteristically quiet about this situation for months, finally made a statement  saying the landfill waste will not be trucked out. The people of Roxbury are angry and at their wits end but we refuse to live under the shadow of Fenimore Landfill for generations to come!

On a recent "Ask the Governor" broadcast on 101.5 fm, Christie rightly said he was "mortified" by the landfill situation since this is all happening in his own back yard . I believe Fenimore Landfill will haunt him as a potential presidential candidate and may go down in history as "Christie's Folly" if he proceeds with giving the DEP the go ahead for an industrial scrubber as a solution rather than trucking the waste out and does not hold those responsible for the reopening of the landfill accountable for their actions.

The latest update from Bob Martin, the Commissioner of NJ DEP is that they are not guaranteeing the complete elimination of the toxic smell. This is just unacceptable!

People in Roxbury are so sick, leaving their homes, and are desperate for help yet Gov. Christie has still not come to Roxbury to talk to us or explained why this happened and what will happen with the landfill long term. Senator Buono has also not responded to our cries for help. Fenimore Landfill is an environmental crisis impacting not only the approximately 23,000 residents in Roxbury, but also thousands of our surrounding neighbors who are also victims of the landfill's toxic smell. The bottom line is Fenimore Landfill is destroying lives and we demand nothing less than complete cleanup of the landfill. 

I urge the hosts of this debate to ask both gubernatorial candidates during tonight's debate why the people of Roxbury are not getting help and answers from either of them and to give specific and definitive answers about the state's plans for the landfill.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NJ ELEC's Sanctioned Gubernatorial Debates Without the Independent Candidates

Tonight's the first of the two NJ ELEC sanctioned gubernatorial debates between Republican incumbent, Gov. Christie and Democratic candidate, Sen. Buono. Participants had to agree to raise and spend $380,000 in private donations.  Although approximately 46% of registered voters in NJ are unaffiliated, none of the Independent gubernatorial candidates will be participating in the debates since they did not qualify.

Here are links to:

NJ Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-candidates-governor-lt-governor-0808b.pdf

NJ ELEC Debate Agreement http://www.elec.state.nj.us/pdffiles/forms/guberforms/DebateAgreementGeneral_GUB.pdf

NJ Gubernatorial Public Financing info http://www.elec.state.nj.us/publicinformation/gub_man.htm


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Equal Right for Independent Voters

“If the two parties don’t respond and don’t act in changing the laws to ensure that independent voters are given equal right and protections under the laws, then there will be other steps that independents across the nation will have to consider." Everything from peaceful demonstrations and further litigation, to voting in a united fashion and voting professional politicians out of office if they don’t work for equal right of independent voters.”
- Robert Robel, Independent Ohio Leader


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Remember Those Who Serve

Please keep our deployed military and their families in your daily thoughts. 
Remember to thank them and our veterans for their devoted and courageous service to our nation and the sacrifices they've made to protect freedom here and around the world.
"We still have 70,000 American men and women fighting every day in Afghanistan, and I don't think we're seeing enough of that on any evening news broadcasts" 
-Scott Pelley, The CBS Evening News

"As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at least 2,142 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count." - The Associated Press



Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Sad to say, character is something sorely lacking in our politicians.