On Election Day, 2005, not only did Virginia elect a Democrat Governor, Tim Kaine, New Jersey also elected a new Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine. Corzine is a sitting U.S. Senator, and will have the right to appoint his successor (to fill out his term and possibly run in November 2006). I've heard names like Congressmen Frank Pallone, Rob Andrews, and Donald Payne, State Senator Nia Gill, even Bruce Springsteen and Alan Alda. The supposed frontrunner is Congressman Bob Menendez. But Menendez comes with plenty of baggage that we frankly don't need going into 2006 up against Tom Kean, Jr., son of the former NJ Governor and 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean.
The Democratic Party needs somebody like Congressman Rush Holt.
Rush Holt is an expert on science and technology, something we're lacking in the Senate. Holt is electable in New Jersey statewide. He is highly intelligent, holding a Ph.D. in physics, for several years he was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He was an arms control expert for the State Department, where he monitored nuclear development of countries such as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union.
Rush Holt is electable statewide. He is what New Jersey needs in terms of public service and experience. He is what the Democratic Party needs in terms of his progressive views and vocal support of them. He is what America needs to help heighten the debate on Iraq, scientific development, and the like.
Rush Holt is needed in the Senate.
Today I voiced my support for Congressman Holt, and I urge everyone else to do the same.