Jersey Girl Endorses Corzine

Posted on October 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

 

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Not to boast, but let’s face it, we Jersey Girls have had some groundbreaking accomplishments. From Clara Barton and Alice Stokes Paul to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Millicent Fenwick, we hail from a long line of independent thought and policy leaders, women who have done much to make the world an infinitely better and more equitable place.

So how should a Jersey Girl assess the New Jersey gubernatorial race?

How should we size up the men vying for the state’s top office?

Certainly, each of the candidates can legitimately claim some admirable accomplishments.

It is also evident that each candidate has proven himself adept at slinging mud.

During this hotly contested campaign we have heard every point and counterpoint imaginable on issues ranging from health, education and wealth to mammograms, babysitting versus day care and even the weighty issue of, yes, weight.

In point of fact, each of the candidates seems to wish to frame these issues as “women’s issues.” That is not surprising given the fact that political pundits have said the female vote is the fulcrum on which the election will turn.

However, in my view, reforming public education, improving and expanding health care, creating business opportunities for women and minorities, protecting children, etc., are not simply “women’s issues” but human issues, family issues important to us all.

Still, we need to assess the commitment of the candidates to the advancement of women and their issues.

To this Jersey Girl, the key lies in the numbers.

Prior to Gov. Jon Corzine taking office, New Jersey ranked 43rd out of 50 states of women serving in the state legislature, according to a Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics study. Today, New Jersey ranks 11th in the nation. The New Jersey assembly is 30 percent women.

To put that in perspective, women make up only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress.

Some will say that the increase in New Jersey is the work of the electorate, and to that I would agree. However, there can be no disputing that Gov. Corzine has set the tone at the top by paving the way for women to flourish in positions of power and authority.

Since taking office in 2006, Gov. Corzine has named a record number of women to his staff and cabinet. Of the 22 cabinet-level positions in his administration, eight are filled by women – 36 percent of Corzine’s cabinet.

Gov. Corzine has appointed the highest percentage of women to the judiciary among any New Jersey governor in history. Out of 68 judges, he has appointed 22 women – 32 percent.

In recognition of these appointments, the Star Ledger exclaimed: “For the first time, more than half of the leadership positions in the New Jersey judiciary will be held by women, blacks or Hispanics.” Due to Gov. Corzine’s policies, “women and minorities have accounted for about 40 percent of new appointments to the bench.”

Throughout Gov. Corzine’s time in office, he has worked to improve women’s health and safeguard women’s rights. He prioritized early childhood education and reformed the public education system. He established family leave insurance to help working families care for a new child or a sick family member. He has been a champion for diversity and equal opportunity. And, he supports a woman’s right to choose.

After lengthy review of the candidates’ records relating to the advancement of women to senior levels of power and responsibility and to issues of import to women and families, this Jersey Girl unequivocally endorses and supports Gov. Jon Corzine.

With a nod to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Big Girls Don’t Cry. Big Girls Vote.

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21 Responses to “Jersey Girl Endorses Corzine”

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“Gov. Corzine has appointed the highest percentage of women to the judiciary among any New Jersey governor in history. Out of 68 judges, he has appointed 22 women – 32 percent.”
I’d like to see more than 32 percent, but its still the best record ever in New Jersey.

Bravo, Jersey Girl! Not only well researched, but very well written. YOU get my vote! And this registered Republican will find herself voting yet again this year, for a Democrat!
From one of your biggest advocates!

Great to learn Corzine has been good for women in Jersey. I hope you are successful in tomorrow’s election as I know how close it has been.

Well done! If I were still a resident of New Jersey (left 35 years ago), I’d vote for Corzine. My New Jersey family will be voting for him.

Let’s hear it for Jersey Girls !!!

Nice piece.

Also, good food for thought with your point about women in government. I’m still undecided at this point.

But to play devil’s advocate, I didn’t see any attempt to quantify Christie or Daggett’s efforts within their own organizations. Perhaps the sampling would be too small; perhaps they’ve both failed at creating a more diverse workplace. Your piece is well reasoned; it just leaves me curious about the other two.

Sure – we are not focused on the race since it is male-male but I love your analysis.

I enjoy reading all your newsletters but this one was special. If there is anything that I can do to help or support you, let me know.

thanks so much for all the insight and for keeping me informed…and for keeping it always understandable and with a passion that keeps me reading on….so when are you running for senator??? you would be terrific!

LOVE your editorial, I mean endorsement.
You do Jersey proud!

Great blue dog endorsement…..well done caren.

brilliant

I read with great pride the interesting and intelligent article in your Newsletter. I wish I were a Jersey Girl, so that I could vote for Corzine. His deeds on wonens’ behalf are admirable. I was disturbed when I saw his opponent on CNN earlier today, state thart N.J. has one of the highest unemployment rates in our country. Is this true?
He faulted Corzine for this.

I love your endorsement-even though I don’t like Corzine. You are an excellent writer.

Great mailing, Caren!

Hey Jersey Girl, I like your perspective

Thanks for the update –

Every single vote, it seems, is going to count BIG in this one!

Great mailing, Caren

thanks so much for all the insight and for keeping me informed…and for keeping it always understandable and with a passion that keeps me reading on….


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