Opinion: New Jersey is perfect for the 1st Democratic primary
The search for states that could replace these four has spurred a reality show-style contest for the top prize. The DNC’s stated goal is to hold these snap elections in states that better reflect America’s ethnic diversity. And he wants to hold these contests in states that hold primaries.
But there is one state still in contention that is a no-brainer for the nation’s first primary: New Jersey. (Stop laughing.)
My home state is the perfect place for a variety of reasons. First, do you want to see if a candidate has enough skin to withstand a presidential election? Jersey is the state where the phrase “What are you looking at?” is considered a warm welcome. And wouldn’t you love to see how candidates react to homeowners in New Jersey yelling at them, “Get off my lawn”? Not that people aren’t friendly in Jersey, but use the sidewalk and don’t walk on our lawns.
Additionally, Jersey is made up of a variety of locations, from the agricultural countryside in the south, to major cities such as Newark and Jersey City in the north, to the suburbs of New York and Philadelphia. Applicants will need to address a wide range of issues.
If the candidate is in North Jersey, it is better to say “Taylor ham” or expect, all of a sudden, to lose enough voters to fill a mall. And they will also have to bend to the Jerseyites: I bet more than one candidate would propose to put Springsteen in their administration.
Another big selling point for New Jersey is media access. Presidential candidates will be able to travel to television studios in neighboring New York – perhaps the largest media market in the world – and this will allow them to easily get their message across to the whole nation. And there’s no media in the country fiercer than in New York, ensuring every candidate’s scrutiny and vetting process that will ensure the Democratic Party ends up with the strongest candidate in the general election.