Blog - NJ7 Citizens for Change

The Tide is Turning

The Tide is Turning It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that unhatched chickens should not be counted, but here are three reasons we will sweep away the Republican-led Congress in November:
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NJ7 Citizens for Change - Three Month Recap

Thank you for your past support!  We want to share the results of our efforts and ask you to consider another donation to help us continue to expand on our efforts to bring change to NJ7 in November! Here are the ways your support has made a difference! December - We produced a video and blog posts about Net Neutrality. We showed over 30,000 people in NJ07 that Congressman Lance was on the wrong side of the issue. January - We celebrated a year of The Resistance, with videos and blog posts and continued to show that Congressman Lance is on the wrong side of issues that are important to the district - healthcare, environment, and infrastructure. We reached 50,000 people in NJ07. February - We mourned the tragedy of Parkland by reminding voters that Lance has an A- rating from the NRA using a video and a political style cartoon. Westfield 20/20 co-founder Marci Bandelli's guest post on Lance's retrograde position on gun safety was presented to over 11,000 people in NJ7. Overall, we reached over 40,000 people in the district. We continued to produce blogs that speak to the harm that Lance and the GOP bring to our state. This kind of reach can only be achieved with paid advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and other channels. Our messaging and advertising strategy is designed to galvanize Democrats and show left-leaning unaffiliated and independent voters that Congressman Lance does not share their values on a wide variety of policy issues and to spur them to vote in the upcoming primary and the all-important midterm. In the coming months we will be producing videos, blog posts, cartoons, and other vital content on women's health and reproductive issues, the environment, infrastructure and more. We have also launched a critical “traditional” media outreach to reach voters who may not use social media As successful as we have been, we need to reach at least 100,000 people per month between now and November to make an impact. You have helped us get this far; please help us continue these efforts Will you consider making a donation to help us?  Monthly support is appreciated. Each donation helps us bring the message to your fellow CD7 Citizens. The election is nine months away. Time is short but the stakes are HIGH!   Click here to DONATE   CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW OUR LATEST VIDEO    
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The Catastrophe of Guns in Schools

GUN CONTROL/EDUCATION:  The Catastrophe of Guns in Schools H.G. Wells once said, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”  But I doubt that H.G. Wells could have conceived of the uniquely American catastrophe involving mass shootings in schools, and our response to them. 
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Improve Gun Safety and Reduce Gun Violence

“Now is Not the Time . . . .” I’m a scientist. Science is by far the best way the human species has discovered to understand the natural world, and our place within it.  So why am I not jumping with joy over Congressman Lance’s new-found respect for the scientific process, by calling for a lifting of the ban on federal research on gun violence?
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THE ECONOMY: “When you lie down with dogs. . . .”

  THE ECONOMY:  “When you lie down with dogs. . . .” The Trump budget, capricious and unworkable though it may be, illustrates how economically dishonest and morally bankrupt this administration is, and tells us everything about its priorities. 
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No More Thoughts and Prayers

No more thoughts and prayers. Another period of mourning for the victims of another horrific mass shooting, schoolchildren on the threshold of life.  
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Lance Voted Multiple Times to Repeal Obamacare- Can He be Our Advocate?

HEALTHCARE:  New Jersey Seventh Needs a Strong Advocate What does Congressman Leonard Lance want to do about healthcare?  Like most of his House Republican colleagues, he voted multiple times to repeal Obamacare.  Faced with the opportunity to do so by passing the American Health Care Act, Republicans blinked because of a massive groundswell of popular opposition. Congressman Lance was one of those who voted “No,” after voting for—i.e., failing to kill—the bill in Committee.
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Trump Refuses to Believe Women

#YouToo “Is there no such thing any longer as due process?” bemoans the President.  This from a man who has gorged himself for years on baseless accusations.  But there is one group whose accusations he has never believed. Women. Women who accuse men:
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Lance Remained Silent When Congress Failed to Advance Gateway Tunnel Project

INFRASTRUCTURE:  No Tunnel of Love Is there any more glaring evidence of our need for investment in our crumbling national infrastructure than the train-wreck-in-waiting that are the Hudson rail tunnels, dug 100 years ago under the Hudson, seriously damaged by Super Storm Sandy, and a vital link in the economy. 
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Democracy’s Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.  A week ago, the clock was advanced to two minutes till midnight, based on “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.”  Scary.  But we need another Doomsday Clock for our democracy here in the US.  We are fast approaching a moment when our institutions will face the test of whether they can stand up to the demands of a crypto-autocrat, who wants to run the Department of Justice as a personal fiefdom.  And he is being enabled by his own party who refuse to put country before party. The release of the Nunes memo, and Trump’s declaration that the FBI and the Department of Justice favor the Democrats, sets us on the path to the dismissal of Rod Rosenstein, and his replacement by a DOJ employee prepared to axe Robert Mueller and his investigation.  This is willful obstruction of justice, not just by one man, but by an entire Party.  There is not, and there never was, any intention to let the Mueller investigation run its course. President Trump shows all the signs of an autocrat-in-waiting.  He has attacked the media incessantly (“enemy of the people”), while finding one news outlet (Fox News and Sean Hannity) which functions as his mouthpiece.  He has attacked the independence of the judiciary.  He clearly believes the Department of Justice is there to do his bidding. He demonizes his political opponents.  It’s “us vs. them.”  He lies repeatedly, and through the use of simple slogans, like “Fake News” and “Sad,”  he distorts reality to his own ends such that facts are no longer facts.  He clearly admires autocratic leaders – Putin, Erdogan, Dutarte, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman-- and has been silent on human rights abuses by “strongmen” leaders around the world. Timothy Snyder in his excellent book “On Tyranny” warns of the almost imperceptible steps that build on one another to acceptance of authoritarianism.  We cannot let this attack on our law enforcement agents and system of justice go unanswered. Where do you place the hands on Democracy’s Doomsday Clock?  
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