NJ 10th Candidates

Thursday, May 31, 2012

NJ District 10 2012 - 2021

Newark City Council member Ron Rice, Jr.Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington, NJ, State Senator Nia Gill (D-34) and Donald Payne, Jr.Essex County freeholder-at-large, Newark city council president and the son of late Congressman Donald Payne Sr. of New Jersey's 10th district discuss their campaigns in the primary race to represent New Jersey's 10th district in Congress.



Nia Gill, Donald Payne, Jr., Ron Rice, Jr. and Wayne Smith
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Comments [14]

Carl Bergmanson from Glen Ridge, NJ

Thanks for fixing #2 & #5.

Jun. 01 2012 11:56 AM
Carl Bergmanson from Glen Ridge, NJ

Journalism 101 fail - Mr. Lehrer - if you can't get your basic facts straight, you undermine your credibility:

1. There are six candidates for the Democratic nomination, not four (or five, as you concede that there is a fifth candidate 25 minutes in). Either of the other two candidates - Cathy Wright or Dennis Flynn - would be better - much better - than second generation party hacks like Payne, Rice or Gill (it's odd that you barely mentioned the raging nepotism).

2. The district map shown on this page is the old 10th District - and the state map is also an obsolete map from the 2000 census.

3. You start out by saying the new district includes "parts of Maplewood and South Orange" - the new district includes all of both those municipalities – it also includes only part of Bloomfield, not all of it as you state.

4. You say to Nia Gill "You're the only woman in the race" - not true. Cathy Wright is a woman (in fact, Nia Gill tried to have Ms. Wright knocked off the ballot - she failed). While you later corrected that, you then said Nia is the only African-American - Ms. Wright is also an African-American - Dennis Flynn is the only candidate who is not African-American – come on, ever hear of Google Images?

5. In the first paragraph above you say that Glen Ridge is in Nia Gill's 34th District, it is not, it is in Ron Rice, Sr.'s 28th District.

6. After Mayor Smith had to correct you on his length of service as mayor, it became clear the you either didn’t even know that Irvington has a non-partisan form of government, or didn’t understand that that means elections in May.

These are all basic facts that anyone with even a glancing familiarity with this campaign (or access to the internet) should know – let alone someone attempting to cover the campaign as a journalist – very disappointing – I used to expect better from WNYC.

May. 31 2012 10:21 PM

While I enjoyed hearing from the Democratic candidates in NJ-10…Ron Rice, Jr., Wayne Smith, Nia Gill, and Donald Payne…they didn’t have much to say. Oh, they spoke about how qualified they are, their legislative experience, the depth of their political connections and the strength of their endorsements as though those things are going to solve the intractable problems that beset the district. Rather, here is what I wanted to hear.

NJ-10 is an urban district with a weak economic base and high unemployment. At best, our labor force is undertrained and undereducated so the prospect of finding a decent job for many of our citizens is bleak. Crime, even if the numbers are heading in the right direction, looms as a problem in many neighborhoods. Our schools fall far short of giving most of our kids even a reasonable shot at the American Dream.

This is reality in NJ-10. It is a place where local politicians manage situations rather than lead the way to something better.

I want to go to Congress not to curry favor with the political elite and pick up a few crumbs, but to put a face on a level of despair that causes many of our citizens to wake up in the morning with no reasonable expectation that the day will be any better than yesterday. I want to make my colleagues in uncomfortable with the knowledge that, for many people, the system doesn’t work. And to solve our problems we need to cast aside sacred ideological cows and unchallenged assumptions so that we can reinvent cities that can meet the needs of their residents.

Send me to Washington and I will take each one of you with me.

May. 31 2012 02:47 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

CLARIFICATION: I was referring to Ron Rice.

May. 31 2012 11:42 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Wow,that guy was scary dumb ... and inarticulate in a robotic way.
He watches too much MSNBC and obviously takes careful notes during Ed Shultz's show for his talking points.

In one breath, he makes a vague formulaic nod to the cuts in services and public safety funding because of uncontrolled pension fund burdens ... and in the next breath, he boasts proudly that he is the endorsed candidate of the SEIU and other big unions. Duh,does he think that we didn't notice?

No wonder Newark and many of these areas are a bankrupted mess. I mean, does Newark and it's already beseiged poverty stricken citizenry really need to fund his LGBT Commision so that he can put it on a campaign flyer?

May. 31 2012 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

No nepotism!

May. 31 2012 11:39 AM
The Truth from Becky

I like her but OMG!! the slow speech is killin' me.

May. 31 2012 11:37 AM
The Truth from Becky


May. 31 2012 11:35 AM
Belinda from white plains

For goodness, she sound's soooo boring!! Not a disqualification, but I wonder how she intends to "fight" and "stand up" for NJ, zzzzz

May. 31 2012 11:34 AM

I am confident about Sen. Gill being able to stand up to John Boehner; however, what's been missing from so many Democrats in DC is the ability to stand up to Corporatist Dems and Obama. Please, stand FOR the people.

We need not only representatives in the House who will stand up for the people, the 99 Percent and especially those in the lower economic quintiles, stand up for Democratic Party principles of yore. That has been missing.

I'd also like to know the senator's views on women's rights, which some Corporatist Dems seem quite willing to throw those rights under the bus.

And bless her for standing up to Christie, but her leadership very nicely stood down to let Christie get through some bad programs for the lower econimic quintiles.

May. 31 2012 11:33 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

My god....she's

May. 31 2012 11:30 AM

speed it up lady. I can't listen to this

May. 31 2012 11:29 AM
The Truth from Becky

Why are the comments so long? Take a breath!

May. 31 2012 11:21 AM

Why do ALL these aspiring politicians have the speech, meter and rhythm of a criminal??

May. 31 2012 11:15 AM

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