Chris Christie Isn't All That Stinks In New Jersey Politics
You won't find much in the media about the New Jersey state Democratic Party's refusal to share that NGP VAN data with congressional candidate Alex Law. After all, Law's opponent is Donald Norcross, the younger brother of Jersey machine boss George Norcross, one of the most corrupt politicians, not just in the Garden State, but anywhere in America. Thank God for NJ.com. The story below was posted online early Monday afternoon but has yet to appear in the print edition of the South Jersey Times. I wonder why. No, I really don't wonder why.
A Democrat who plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross in the 2016 primary wrote an angry email to the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, accusing him of withholding important voter data.Blue America has endorsed Alex-- you can contribute to his campaign here-- and we contacted him for a response to all this play of favoritism within the party. He replied:
Alex Law, a 24-year-old challenging the well-connected freshman congressman, had sought to get voter data from the provider NGP VAN-- something virtually all Democratic campaigns use.
According to Law, he would have paid $2,600 to get it from the state party. Instead, he said, he'll have to go to the company itself and pay $7,000 for it.
After the executive director, Chris James, emailed Monday morning to tell him that the state party will not provide him with the data, Law wrote back accusing him of "unprofessionally ignoring me for two weeks" and not having "the courage to call me directly about this."
Law posted the email exchange on Facebook.
"I am also surprised and embarrassed for my party that you would try to stymie the democratic process by refusing me access to this vital data," Law wrote. "If I were you, I'd be ashamed of the way you have been made to bow to the political machine in this instance."
Norcross is the brother of south Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross, who is considered the most powerful Democrat in the state.
It's no surprise that the political machine in NJ is trying to prevent me from having access to a fair playing field, but what is surprising is how brazenly they are openly flaunting the democratic process. This, along with my passionate support of the progressive policy I speak about, is exactly why I am fighting so hard. Bullies cannot be allowed to carry the day, and as long as I'm in this, they won't.