Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather, the exciting race to the World Series, that brings to mind what Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.” The last couple of months I have been observing a new face in politics -- Lacey Rzeszowski, Democratic candidate for Assembly in our district (LD21). What I have observed is a woman who is smart, strong, and driven to public service. She has my vote this November.
Lacey is not your typical politician. In fact, I bet if you asked Lacey to describe herself, the word politician would not even come to her mind. My gut is the first description she would give would be something like “a person who cares.” Her issues-first, hard-working approach to this election makes her the one to watch this November.
I first ran into Lacey as she organized hundreds of friends and neighbors to contact their elected representatives and advocate for smart, sensible gun laws, after the tragedy in Sandy Hook. And I watched as she became increasingly frustrated with the ways our current state legislators are failing us. She went from believing in the system, to realizing she needed to work to change it.
Here in LD 21, Lacey’s opponents voted in lock step with Chris Christie over and over again. They sat on their hands as New Jersey fell to 49 out of 50 on almost every economic indicator -- as our bond rating was downgraded a record ten times, our transportation infrastructure rating sank to a D+, as Christie pulled the rug out on women’s healthcare and refused to face environmental threats to our water supply.
This November, we have an opportunity to send a message to the entire country regarding our shared values and our commitment to high-functioning government. In addition, we can elect a strong Legislature to begin the work of setting New Jersey on a path to economic success.
There is a lot that needs to be fixed in Trenton. In order to do it, we need brains, energy, integrity and a strong commitment to public service. We need people like Lacey Rzeszowski. Please join me in supporting Lacey for Assembly this November. It’s time for new energy in District 21, or as Yogi also said, “the future is not what it used to be.”