Democratic Convention: Firing Up the Faithful for Midterm Elections

NJTV News, NJTV News | September 24, 2018 | Elections 2018, Politics
With their sights set on flipping Republican congressional seats in November, New Jersey Democrats get animated

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker galvanized the crowd at the annual convention of the state Democratic Party, casting the midterm elections as being about “right or wrong” and asserting that the Democrats have “a chance to send a message on November 6 that the state of New Jersey is standing up for America, for American values.”

“We are in a moral moment in America when the values we all hold dear — Democrat, Republican, Independent — are suffering the moral vandalism that’s coming from Washington,” Booker said.

The senator was only one among several speakers at the gathering in Atlantic City last Thursday and Friday who talked up their theme for the midterms, “Riding the Blue Wave.”

The goal is, in fact, to flip the state’s Republican seats into the Democratic column, Gov. Phil Murphy said, although adding, “This is all fantastic, but we’ve got to execute, we’ve got to execute. Forty-six days to go, we’ve got to play the game … Every single race, every vote in those races, will matter and count.”

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka pounded the podium, bringing breakfasting Democrats to their feet, as he described President Donald Trump as being the antithesis of Jersey values.

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