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Let us begin with the observation that New Brunswick is an
incredibly diverse community, comprised of students, small business
owners, families, academics and professionals — in short, people of
virtually all creeds, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. As
a consequence of this diversity, each of the city's neighborhoods
faces specific challenges and has unique needs. Unfortunately,
under the current at-large system of representation, to use the
term loosely, the needs and concerns of many New Brunswick
residents, primarily students and minorities, have simply not been
heard or, worse, have been deliberately ignored by Mayor Jim Cahill
and the members of the city council. When the city's public schools
need more funding and better facilities, when many of its
neighborhoods are far more unsafe than others, when law enforcement
resources are being used inefficiently, ineffectively and often
unconstitutionally to criminalize peaceful activities, our least
empowered citizens deserve, at the very least, some assurance that
their voices are being heard, that their concerns matter as much as
those of their more affluent neighbors. As it stands, the current
system is inherently undemocratic, privileging the concerns of the
city's wealthiest and most powerful interests over all others. The
construction of luxury hotels, deluxe condominiums, overpriced
restaurants and multistory parking decks in the downtown area, all
to the benefit of the commercial sector, have dominated New
Brunswick's agenda for years while ordinary residents have been
lucky to receive the occasional platitude about job creation or
safer roads. It is this type of unequal treatment that inspired
concerned New Brunswick residents to launch a campaign for
As the vice president of the Rutgers College Republicans, I
admit to feeling obliged to support Republican candidate for whom I
have lukewarm feelings. Too often voters of all stripes are forced
to decide between the better of two evils. This often leaves a
bitter taste in voters' mouths. Fortunately, New Jersey citizens
have a candidate for governor whom they can support proudly. I have
strongly supported Chris Christie for governor since the beginning
of the process. Of course, I was immediately attracted to his
candidacy because I knew he could win, but the more I have followed
him, and the more I have heard him speak, the more ardent my belief
is that he would make a great governor. I hope all Rutgers students
who care about the environment, taxes, spending, corruption and job
creation voted for Christie-Guadagno.
By the time you're reading this, the next president of the
United States will have been swept into office by the largest
American voter turnout in history. Right now, the future of the
country is more on the minds of the American people than ever
before. As good an indicator of the excitement as any is the
300-plus point surge the Dow underwent during trading yesterday.
Watching the MSNBC pre-game show, there is unanimous agreement on
at least one point: This is the most important election in U.S.
history. Ask yourself why that is? What is at stake? Increasingly,
we as a people are realizing that the time-honored tradition of
American global supremacy is in danger. From a historical
perspective, we see this as a critical moment in time where our
actions and the actions of our leaders will come to define our
continued prosperity or eventual decline. With that in mind, we
propose to consider the coming challenges facing the American
people, and of course, our new president, whomever he may be. What
are the dangers we face, and how should they be addressed?
Yesterday, New Jersey elected 13 new members of Congress to
represent the state in the House of Representatives. Out of 46
candidates, eight Democrats and five Republicans won the vote.
Nearly 1,000 students had gathered in front of Rockoff Hall
celebrating and chanting loudly after President-elect Barack
Obama's victory yesterday. Despite the large crowd, students obeyed
police officers as they cheered and marched.
BRIDGEWATER — During the reception for U.S. Senate Republican
contender Dick Zimmer, the mood of the crowd did not match the
University students have been unable to avoid persistent
encouragement to get their voice heard in the highly-anticipated
2008 presidential election.
PHOENIX — The economy played the deciding factor for 62 percent
of voters in the 2008 presidential election as Sen. John McCain was
unable to overcome the economic record of Republican President
George W. Bush.
The Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick transformed into
the Democratic headquarters for New Jersey last night as party
supporters could be heard chanting, "Yes we can!" throughout the
PHOENIX — Though many of Sen. John McCain's supporters expressed
disappointment as they watched his concession speech last night,
the crowd in the Arizona Biltmore ballroom cheered their candidate
on as he delivered his concession speech and congratulated Sen.
CHICAGO — Tens of thousands erupted in cheers and tears as Sen.
Barack Obama took center stage with his wife, Michelle, and
daughters, Sasha and Malia, on Chicago's front lawn last night as
the first black president elect of the United States.