In the next few months Passaic County will go through another election, this time it will be to pick the Democratic Candidate for Governor.  In a perfect world one would assume that the people of Passaic County’s sixteen municipalities would pick their candidate for Governor from a list of qualified candidates that have debated their platforms among the other candidates and has provided specifics on how they would fix the issues that plague New Jersey.  Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world, instead if all goes according to the political bosses plan, Passaic County, along with the twenty other counties will only have one candidate to choose from, Ambassador Phil Murphy.

 

There are other candidates, but the political bosses, or in this case one Democratic Chair has taken control of the selection process and has worked diligently to scare off all competition and make Ambassador Phil Murphy the last man standing.  The media has stated that Murphy strategically went to all the political bosses first and then infused his campaign with ten million dollars to ensure he was taken seriously and scared off any competition with the huge funding gap he artificially created.  Why should this concern residents of Passaic County and the rest of New Jersey?  The idea is to have a Governor that will work for the people; understands the issues plaguing New Jersey and is loyal to New Jersey residents and not political bosses because New Jersey can no longer accept a Governor that is either inexperienced or beholden to political bosses, even though they are spending thousands airing commercials claiming they are not loyal to political bosses.

 

There is one weakness that has always plagued the Democratic Chair of Passaic County, Primaries.  You will notice that the Democratic Party of Passaic County will not debate at all and make excuses because Ambassador Murphy is not ready to run a state like New Jersey and will have to rely on the political bosses to put people in key positions in state government to run things according to the political bosses agenda and not the Governor elect.  Those who are inside the Passaic County Democratic party have already been leaking the names of individuals that will be given state positions at high salaries if they promote, support and endorse Murphy.

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I have met both the front runner Ambassador Phil Murphy and the next popular candidate Assemblyman John Wisniewski and if face to face in a debate or two, you will clearly see a difference between both, as I personally witnessed, but the political bosses fear that if the residents of New Jersey witness such debates, they will lose support.  Everyone should be very concerned that even with 90,000 or so registered democrats in Passaic County, there are over 130 thousand undeclared or unaffiliated residents and they can vote in the Primary and in the General Election.  If the Democratic bosses are so arrogant that they feel they can push through their choice over the will of the people, then get ready for New Jersey to remain red in November because if the last election in the U.S. was any indication, democratic voters have had enough of the political bosses and are tired of elected officials that are bought and paid for.  As nice of a guy Ambassador Murphy is, he is not right for New Jersey.

 

Gus Penaranda

Adjunct Professor