Ready to Run 2018 - Hosted by The Center for American Women and Politics


The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is hosting a 2 day training class: Ready to Run® on Fri/Sat March 9th - 10th at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers - New Brunswick.

Ready to Run® offers real-world training and advice from experts on how to launch a campaign or get involved in public life. Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

Participants will walk away with: "how-to" instructions on running for office; fundraising and media skills; strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership; a better understanding of party politics; and effective internet strategies for campaigns and advocacy

Elección LatinaCAWP and LUPE Fund, Inc., together with a steering committee of leaders in the Latino/a community, sponsor Elección Latina, a preconference session of the New Jersey Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Elección Latina participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Latinas running for political office.

To register & for info please click the following link 

Registration - Early bird fee is $150 if you register by Feb 9th. Registration after February 9th is $195.  There are a limited number of scholarships are available. For consideration, please apply for the scholarship on the following link

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Governor Murphy Announces Leadership Team

Governor Phil Murphy has announced his Leadership Team that will serve with him in the State Capitol in Trenton.  Governor Murphy describes this team as bringing a "wide range of experience, new ideas, and genuine enthusiasm needed for turning our state around and making New Jersey a state that works for all residents and not just a select few."  Murphy added,  “I am confident that, together, we will change the culture in Trenton, set an example for principled leadership, and accomplish great things for New Jersey.”

The Governor's senior front office staff includes:

  • Adam AlonsoDeputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs,who currently serves as Political Affairs Director for the gubernatorial transition. 
  • Robert Asaro-Angelo, Labor Commissioner, who previously represented the eastern region in Obama's labor department from 2010 until last February. He has a union background, having worked for the Laborers International Union of North America, AFSCME and SEIU 1199.
  • Justin Braz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, who previously served as Labor Director for Victory 2017 and was Chief of Staff to Assembly Budget Chairman Gary S. Schaer.
  • Kathleen Frangione, Chief Policy Advisor, who was previously at Washington, D.C.-based policy and political consultancy the Signal Group, where she is an Executive Vice President.
  • Parimal Garg, Deputy Chief Counsel, served as a Senior Policy Advisor during the gubernatorial campaign and helped formulate the campaign’s substantive positions. 
  • Mahen GunaratnaDirector of Communications, has served as Deputy Communications Director to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio since January 2017 and previously served as the Mayor’s Research Director and as an aide to his mayoral campaign. 
  • Lynn HaynesDeputy Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs & Operations, is a partner in the Trenton-based Advocacy & Management Group, which she joined in 2014 after four years as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Senate President Steve Sweeney and the Senate Majority Office. 
  • Joe Kelley, Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Growth, previously served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Finance Director for Murphy for Governor.
  • Mary K. E. Maples, Deputy Chief Counsel for Authorities, currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Authorities Unit. 
  • Kate McDonnell, Deputy Chief Counsel, currently serves as General Counsel to the Assembly Majority Office.
  • Scarlett Rajski, Director of Appointments, works in the Corporate & Regulatory Affairs division at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
  • Matt Platkin, Chief Counsel, most recently served as Policy Director for Murphy for Governor.
  • Peter Cammarano, Chief of Staff, who has previously served as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Codey when he assumed that role in 2004.
  • Stephanie Lagos, Chief of Staff to First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, was a Senior Policy Advisory to the Murphy for Governor campaign, and previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Assemblyman Schaer.
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Hunterdon County CD7 Candidate Forum Turns Out an Audience of 300


The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee hosted a CD7 Candidate Forum on Sunday January 5th to a maximum capacity audience of 300 attendees at the Stangl Factory in Flemington, NJ.   All seven declared Candidates were on hand to answer questions asked by Moderator, Marianne Rampulla, who is Vice President of the Raritan Township Democratic Club (RTDC). HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Perez kicked off the event by welcoming everyone and thanking them for venturing out on a very cold winter day.  Karen Becker, who is the RTDC Secretary and serves on the NJ State Democratic Committee reviewed the format for the forum and  provided some election details regarding the history of the 7th Congressional sighting that the GOP has held this seat since 1981. 

While no questions were asked directly by the audience, many of the questions asked were offered up prior to the event to anyone who wished to submit one.  This included the Hunterdon County Young Democrats. HCYD President Austin Ritter asked the candidates 2 questions while Emily Afifi and Almas Thaha  served as time keepers for the event.

What began on a rather small scale with the Raritan Township Democratic Club planning to host the event, it became apparent early on that "they were gonna need a bigger boat."  Joyce Santos and Karen Becker attended a Dec 6th event in Basking Ridge in which BlueWaveNJ, NJ7 Forward, ATNJ and We the People NJ-07 hosted a Forum for the CD7 Candidates. Upon going there, Joyce & Karen and the RTDC reached out to Chairwoman Perez and before long many of the Municipal Chairs and County Committee Groups were on board and serving as volunteers.  There was no need to reinvent the wheel. The format used by the HCDC was set up the same as the activist groups, but the questions asked were more policy oriented. 

If you were unable to attend the event, Dorothy Dawood did an awesome job video taping the Forum and you can view in on YouTube using the following link.

For information about the CD7 Candidates, visit our candidates page on this website by going to congressional candidates - 2018

Our congressional candidates pictured above from the left are: David Pringle, Goutam Jois, Linda Weber, Lisa Mandleblatt, Marc Lane (surrogate for Peter Jacob), Scott Salmon and Tom Malinowski.


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House Seats Where Dems Could Score Upsets in 2018

CD7_Flip_Chart.JPG An interesting article that was published on looks back at the Democratic campaign   strategy in the 2016 Presidential Election.  Hillary Clinton has been criticized for not focussing   on states captured in the Obama coalition, and instead she tried to win votes in states that had   been traditionally red for years.  While this strategy cost her the election, it should be noted   that her efforts were not completely in vain, and she did indeed claim victory in districts where   Obama failed to score or where Democrats have never seen the light of day during a   Presidential election. And here's where Hunterdon County comes into the picture and   why the Congressional District 7 (CD7) Election is so important.  Hillary Clinton took Hunterdon County in 2016,   where Obama failed in both 2008 and 2012.  So who we in Hunterdon County along   with the rest of CD7 support, can have the favorable outcome we desperately need in Congress. 

CD7 covers all of Hunterdon County as well as sections of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties. (click here  for a list of communities within our congressional district) While this region has traditionally leaned towards the right, Trump has appeared to have lessened the GOP stronghold. There are six CD7 Democratic Candidates and it is important that we get to know the candidates so that we can nominate the person who we believe can take on Lance and WIN next November. (See Introducing 2018 CD7 Candidates)

The NJ Primary election takes place on June 5, 2018 and Leonard Lance's seat is up for re-election.  He won his last primary with only 53% of the GOP votes showing some vulnerability, especially when running against one candidate with little funding and the other almost a complete unknown.   

This is why Democrats in the CD7 District need to mindfully select a candidate that can beat Lance. 

Click here to read the complete article written by Robert Wheel - Scroll to the end to read about New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District (Central Jersey)



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HCDC Statement on Negative Ad Attacks

HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Quinones Perez has issued an official statement on behalf of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee regarding the negative ad attacks against Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and his position on Sanctuary Cities.

During the Gubernatorial debate on October 10th, Ambassador Murphy stated that he would not only be in favor of NJ hosting Sanctuary Cities, he would also call for NJ to become the first Sanctuary State. 

The GOP contender, Kim Guadagno, has since invoked upon a negative ad campaign and is insinuating that Phil Murphy "has the backs of criminals", specifically convicted murderer Jose Carranza. This could not be further from the truth and demonstrates that  her character is much like that of her current boss, and our soon to be our ex- Governor, Chris Christie.

The following is a statement from Chairwoman Perez regarding the negative - and misleading -  ad attacks against Ambassador Murphy.

"The only thing too dangerous for NJ would be if Kim Guadagno gets elected. Her spin on Phil Murphy’s Sanctuary City Plans exemplify how dishonest and corrupt she really is. To insinuate that Phil Murphy has criminals’ backs is outlandish. Referring to what was stated on Tuesday’s debate in regards to illegal alien, Jose Carranza, who was convicted of killing 3 people in a Newark schoolyard - Murphy clearly stated in the debate that the crimes were 'heinous' and that those responsible should be prosecuted 'to the fullest extent of the law.' As a County Chair and as a Latina, I am personally offended by her divisive comments. We do not need another divisive politician in New Jersey politics - we have enough of that at the national level."


A debate between our Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Sheila Oliver and her opponent is set for October 16th. The 2nd Gubernatorial debate between Murphy and Guadagno is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm and can be viewed on CBS Channel 2 out of NY.

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