John Kerry made a swing through New Jersey on today campaigning for Jon Corzine. He appeared at a series of events to rally the Democratic Party faithful in NJ. Kerry is also expected to stump in St. Paul for Chris Coleman in October.
“Karynnj” posted this report on DU of one of the events:
It was incredible – the event was planned last Monday and was publicized mostly by emails to Kerry’s list, robot(?) phone calls that Kerry recorded, and the Daily Record article yesterday – which the coordinator was actually surprised by – there were OVER 500 people there. This is HUGE for Morris County. There should be some local coverage because at least 2 reporters (from small weeklies) were there along with a WNYC (PBS) reporter. I think the Daily Record was there too – but was not sure. (The crowd was entirely there because of Kerry – everyone else was a county level Democrat – in a Republican county!)
It was outside a restaurant in an area where they usually have outside dining. Kerry was about an hour late and he was cheered when he arrived. After about 15 minutes of short speeches by a few local Democrats, Kerry was introduced.
He endorsed Jon Corzine, mentioning that it was Corzine who after some of the corporate scandals wrote most of the legislation that became the Sarbanes/ Oxley bill that brought accountibility to corporations. He said something about holding the government accountable was part of citizenship.
He talked about how he wanted everyone to work as hard as they did last year for him to support Corzine and the local Democrats. He especially mentioned not wanting to lose the young people who worked so hard last year. He talked about how close it was and mentioned that since the election, especially recently, some Republicans have told him they realize they made a mistake in voting against him.
One interesting comment was that we would likely hear awful things (about Corzine) as the campaign goes on because that is the way they play the game. He then said that it was our job to learn the facts and talk to friends and neighbors to refute the likely lies.
He used the example of the environmental movement in the 70s as an example of when people demanded change and held the worst congressmen accountable. He also talked about having a campaign event with Landrieu last year that supported spending $14 billion to make N.O. environmentally sound and he criticized the response to the hurricane mentioning that Bush went to CA for a fund raiser. He criticized giving the contract to Halliburton and mentioned the need to rebuild the economy. (He mentioned small businesses.)
He mentioned having been in Iraq, finding there are still only about 1,500 fully trained Iraqis and that they are still up-armoring humvees. All of this was tied to the need for accountability.
He also talked again about reading the New Testament to see if he had missed anything – but found there was nothing about taking money from the poor to give to the rich, not giving kids health insurance etc.
He made a few jokes:
– He talked of finding a dusty lamp in Iowa. Thinking he had 3 wishes, he wished for a Patriots victory, a Red Sox victory, and then he asked that he be elected President of the United States. The genie then told him that due to the Bush economy they had downsized the number of wishes to two.
– He also talked about how Labor Day which we recently celebrated was a day that honored workers and gave them a day where they didn’t have to do anything – like the Bush administration did every day.
– When he talked of not knowing what Brown would do back in the White House – some one said “He can take care of the horses”. Kerry responded very quickly that there were some part of horses there. (Is that the aloof, elitist MA Jr Senator?) He also made fun of Bush keeping Brown, but removing him from his role in the Gulf, by saying that he thought he was now in charge of the next cyclone or tropical storm.
Later when he was getting into the minivan taking them to the next stop, he shook hands with a few people who ran over. Several people called out they loved him, the not very aloof Senator immediately responded that he loved them too.
UPDATE: More in the Blogosphere tonight on John Kerry in NJ – Took A Break And Saw John Kerry.