New Jersey DNC Delegate Q & A: Al Granell

Granell, a Sanders supporter, hopes Hillary Clinton will address issues like the minimum wage and campaign finance reform.

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. 

Al Granell, Former Councilman and North Arlington Borough Council President

Interviewed by Sunshine Mejia 

Photo: Al Granell

Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?

A: I am a Senator Bernie Sanders supporter. Close elections are never easy. Bernie’s message resonated with me, and I felt his ideals and thoughts on the issues were the ones that I wanted to see implemented for the party. In any race, someone has to lose. So I was disappointed with the result for my candidate. But never more proud of the race he ran and to be a Democrat.

Q: Does the DNC convention matter to the people of New Jersey?

A: The DNC matters for every New Jersey resident. The challenges we face together will require us to have a person in the White House that not only understands the issues, but knows how to get things done. DC is in gridlock. We need to have a president who can work with both sides on the issues facing New Jersey and the country.

The minimum wage, campaign finance reform, TPP, our environment, and equal pay for women are not just issues you see on CNN or NBC. They are real issues affecting New Jersey residents everyday. It matters because we need to get things done, and we need effective leaders to do that.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do hear most often from voters or residents?

A: In the Bible, there is a passage that says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Taxes, education, healthcare, potholes and infrastructure, and services provided to the community are all items I have had residents ask me about and voice their concerns about on a regular basis. With taxes and infrastructure being number one and two.

Q: If you had a few minutes of face time with Hillary Clinton, what would you want to tell her?

A: Hillary, you’re in a unique position other than being the first female candidate for president. You’ve inheriting a lot of positive work done by President Obama. But you’re faced with challenges that even you could not have thought of back in 2008 or when you served as Secretary of State.

Please don’t try to get it all done in the first 100 days. We need you, as the leader of this nation, to take these issues and methodically address them. I would not have expected Bernie to solve all these issues in a 100 days. So I don’t expect that of you.

I have served in government and know how hard it is to effect real change. I expect and need you to be honest with us when you succeed or fail. Governing is not easy. We get it. We need you to be the leader you say you can be.

Q: If a delegate from another state asks you where to visit in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest?

A: When in Philly, go to Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell, and of course get a Philly cheesesteak from Geno’s. If they want to go to New Jersey, the Jersey Shore offers beach and food like no other. And there’s no place like Bergen County for food, shopping and recreation.

New Jersey Delegate Q & A: Troy Singleton

Assemblyman Singleton hopes the issues debated during the Democratic Primary will shape future White House policy.

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. 

Troy Singleton, Assemblyman, District 7

Interviewed by Matthew Kass

Photo: New Jersey State Assembly

Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?

A: I supported Secretary Clinton, and I am pleased with the results of the primary.

Q: Does the DNC convention matter to the people of New Jersey?

A: I think the convention matters because it is a part of the very important process of picking our next president.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do you hear most often from voters or residents?

A: I think right now the safety of our country has taken a greater role in the minds of voters.

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 that she should utilize the lessons she learned from the primary, with regards to the issues that Senator Sanders raised, to continue to shape her thinking on the policies she would bring to the White House.

Q: If a delegate from another state asks what they should visit in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest?

A: They should visit historic Burlington County to witness some of the great history of our country.

New Jersey DNC Delegate: Q & A: Valerie Huttle

Assemblywoman Huttle says safety, gun control, taxes and the economy are key issues for this election.

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. 

Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Deputy Speaker and Assemblywoman, 37th district

Interviewed by Leon Purvis

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Photo: New Jersey State Legislature

Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?

A: I have been a Hillary supporter since 2008. I am thrilled that she is our nominee and that she will be our next president. We had a primary based on policy and issues.

Q: Does the DNC convention matter to the people of New Jersey?

A: Absolutely. It’s a historical occasion. We are going to nominate the first woman President of the United States.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do hear most often from voters or residents?

A: Safety and security is on people’s minds every day in light of the news. I think gun control is a big issue. I think education continues to be a big issue, [as well as] taxes and the economy.

Q: If you had a few minutes of face time with Hillary Clinton, what would you want to tell her?

A: I think that I would say she has always been an advocate of issues that always have been important to us.

Q: If a delegate from another state asks you where they should go in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest they visit?

A: The Battleship New Jersey is probably the main location to be proud of.

New Jersey DNC Delegate Q & A: Paul Moriarty

Assemblyman Moriarty says property taxes are the “first, second and third complaint” he hears from voters.

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. 

Paul Moriarty, State Assemblyman, 4th district

Interviewed by Ashleigh Albert

Q: Did you support Bernie or Hillary during the primary? How do you feel about the result?

Photo: State Assembly Majority Office website
Photo: State Assembly Majority Office website

A: I was happy with the results. I actually like both candidates. I think that they both brought a lot of energy and ideas to the campaign. I could have supported either one, but I supported Hillary Clinton, and I will be a delegate for Clinton at the national convention.

Q: Does the DNC convention matter to the people of New Jersey?

A: It’s important in a number of ways. This is the first female candidate from a major party. This is a great step forward should she go on in November to defeat Donald Trump. I think he has rhetoric – and what I believe is divisiveness – that this county does not need at this time.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing New Jersey residents this election year? What concern do you most often hear from voters?

A: The biggest concern of New Jersey is property taxes, which won’t be affected by a national election. It’s a state-wide issue, and it’s the first, second and third complaint in New Jersey.

On the national level, one of biggest issues of voters I’ve talked to is continuing fear and anxiety about the world. It seems every day I wake up, not sure if we are going to have a worse day that the previous one. There is a lot of anxiety in New Jersey and the nation over the issue of terrorism.

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 keep doing what she’s doing and use the talents she has to make the world a safer place. She was Secretary of State. She’s been around the world and knows all the players and knows all the villains. She’ll keep making the world a safer place.

Q: If a delegate from another state asks you where they should go in Philadelphia or New Jersey, what is one location you would suggest they visit?

A: There are a lot of places. I would tell them South Street for fun. There’s also art museums like the Barnes and Rodin museums.

 

Who are the New Jersey DNC Delegates?

flat,800x800,075,tThis summer, New Jersey will send 180 official representatives — including 126 pledged delegates and 16 superdelegates — to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

They include elective officials, party leaders, and individuals selected at the local level. According to DNC rules, half of the state’s delegation must be women.

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee announced the following list of delegates in mid-July.

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Welcome to RowanU DNC News

Coverage of 2016 Democratic National Convention from a South Jersey perspective.

RUDNCstaffWe are student journalists from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, covering the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

This summer, we took a class called Covering the DNC and studied the history of conventions, the nominating process, the delegate system, and how journalists report on these events.

From July 24-28, we are reporting from the DNC as credentialed members of the media. We are interviewing delegates, attending caucus meetings, documenting protests, gathering local reaction to the speeches, and learning how the convention is affecting residents of South Jersey.

Our photos, videos and articles will be posted to this website. You can also follow us on Twitter at @RowanUJourn.