What is wrong with NJ and how can county committee fix it?

In a nutshell: https://www.insidernj.com/its-the-end-of-the-line-and-we-know-it/
The longer story, and riveting read: https://prospect.org/api/amp/politics/can-progressives-change-new-jersey/

Since our first highly successful training event (full recording at bottom of this page), we have given trainings on running for county committee throughout the state. Below you can find recordings from different training events, and dates of upcoming live trainings. To invite us to your group meeting, email contact@ggcnj.org.

Want to join a county committee 101 training or a BetterBallotsNJ info session? Here are future events (all are free, but require RSVP):

  • Monday, March 13, 7pm on zoom. RSVP here.

Past events:

  • February 13, 2023, 7pm – Our Revolution NJ (recording here)
  • March 26, 2022, 2-3:30pm – Statewide training hosted by PDNJ
  • March 20, 2021 – Statewide training — slides here (recording here)
  • February 25, 2021 – Training hosted by NJ11th for Change (recording available here)
  • January 9, 2020 – Monmouth County training – Eatontown Borough Library, 6:30pm
  • February 15, 2020 – Mercer County training – Hamilton Public Library 1-3pm
  • February 22, 2020 – Essex & Union Counties training – South Orange Public Library 11-1pm
  • February 22, 2020 – Bergen County training – Fair Lawn Library, 2:30pm
    (slides from the Feb 22 trainings can be found here)
  • February 23, 2020 – Gloucester County training – Mullica Hill Public Library, 1:30-3:30pm
  • March 7, 2020 – Cape May & Atlantic Counties training – Wildwood Crest Library 1-3pm

Call to Action: Fixing New Jersey’s Broken Political System

Co-Sponsored by: South Jersey Women for Progressive Change (SJWPC), NJ Working Family Alliance, The Good Government Coalition of NJ (GGCNJ) and Cherry Hill Progressive Democrats.

Watch the whole event live streamed here, or part by part below:

Panel 1: The Lay of the Land, How NJ Politics are Broken and Why It Matters
Julia Sass-Rubin – An introduction to NJ issues and how these policies affect us
John Wisniewski – A view from the field and strategy
Sue Altman – The ballot is political and progressives are organizing 
Luis Gaitan – A Camden resident’s perspective on why bad policy matters 

Panel 2: Organizing Wins — There is Hope!
Ronsha Dickerson – Camden City elections: What really happened on Nov 6, 2018
Helen Kiokus – Fair Districts NJ campaign
Mark Parker – The power of the progressive vote 

Lightning Round: Who else is here that you can talk to and join? 
Meredith Weisenheimer – South Jersey Women for Progressive Change
Susan Druckenbröd – Cherry Hill Progressives
Judy Amorosa – South Jersey Progressive Democrats & Cherry Hill Progressive Democrats
Tom Knoche – NJ Universal Healthcare Coalition
Chris Emrich – Cooper River Indivisible
Kim – Green Party

Building a Progressive Party from Within

Everything you wanted to know about county committees but were afraid to ask
With guest speaker former assemblyman and 2017 gubernatorial candidate John Wisniewski

  • Just got elected to the county committee? Congratulations! What next?
  • Thinking of running for county committee but not sure what your role would be?
  • A committee veteran but feeling underutilized or powerless?
  • Activist concerned about the party running away from its voters?

This training will teach you about the levers and powers YOU have at your disposal to help build a stronger democracy in New Jersey!

Julia Sass Rubin – New Jersey’s broken political processes
Yael Niv – What is “The Line” and how does it hijack our democracy?
Karen Haskin – The county committee statute
Laura Zufluh– County committee 101
Work Session I: Why did you run for committee? How does your committee function?
John Wisniewski – A problem and how to solve it
Sue Altman– A progressive vision for county committees: Policy, Process and Perfect Candidates
Work Session II: Making a concrete plan for change in the short, middle and long term

A full recording of the July 21, 2018, event can be viewed here: 

Part 1: Julia Sass Rubin & Yael Niv – The current broken state of the State

Part 2: Karen Haskin & Laura Zurfluh – What can county committee members do?

Part 3: John Wisniewski – Why we need change and where should we go from here

Part 4: Sue Altman – A progressive vision for county committees

This event was co-sponsored by: Indivisible Princeton, Indivisible Cranbury, South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, STAND Central New Jersey