The week before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, RowanU DNC News staff interviewed members of the New Jersey delegation to hear their views on the convention, the upcoming election, and local issues facing New Jersey residents.
Kelvin Ganges, Chief of Staff for Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes
Interviewed by Thomas Klodowsky
Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?
A: My support from the start was for Hillary Clinton.
Q: Do you believe the DNC matters to the people of New Jersey?
A: I certainly do.
Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do hear most often from voters or residents?
A: From a national perspective, obviously we need to deal with the issues of jobs, education, homeland security, infrastructure, and the list could go on and on. In New Jersey, there are the issues of our pension system, how we fund public school systems, the whole issue of job creation, and economic development.
Q: If you had a few minutes of face time with Hillary Clinton, what would you want to tell her?
A: I would tell her to spend more time talking about the kind of leader she would be for America. I think there’s been too much emphasis on what Trump is not, and that’s easy to do because Trump is not qualified to be president, so it’s easy to identify what he’s not. She needs to communicate to those that have not made up their minds to vote for her or those that she needs to persuade to vote for her. She’s gotta make the case.
Q: If a delegate from another state asks you for a where they should go in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest they visit?
A: Depending on what you want to spend, Capitol Grill. I think that’s a great place for a meal, but it might be a little pricey. Or any place on South Street.