For NJ Delegates, Republican Convention Combines Golf, Rock, and Rules

NJTV News | July 20, 2016 | Politics
State's delegation also gets ‘kind of incredible’ sight of Gov. Christie trailed by national media and camera crews

For New Jersey delegates to the Republican National Convention, life in Cleveland is on a tight schedule. It combines serious businesslike votes on the convention rules and party platform with less high-minded events – a corn-hole golf tournament against the Massachusetts delegation.

Most of the delegation has found time to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Delegates have also watched Gov. Chris Christie trailed by reporters for national news organizations and dozens of cameramen, a sight state Sen. Michael Doherty called “kind of incredible.”

Nadine Ciparis, a delegate from the Sixth Congressional District, and her husband, Ken, an alternate, are taking turns spending time on the convention floor – an idea they say they got from other delegate couples. After paying $425 for the delegate badge, they are also saving money by staying with their son.

Ken Ciparis described his first national convention as “a lot of fun.”

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