The political season is on, and the Middlesex County Democrats have opened headquarters in Woodbridge.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez joined Congressman Frank Pallone and Mayor John McCormac along with Middlesex County and Woodbridge Democrats for the grand opening of the Democrats’ Middlesex County headquarters at 96 Main Steet.
The elected officials strolled down Main Street on Saturday, which was closed off for the St. James Fair. There were plenty of potential voters to greet, and the politicians wasted no time in doing it.
“All you had to do was to see the two conventions to understand the difference in our parties, in our vision, in our principles, and in our commitment. We, in this election, have to reject the politics of failure and endorse the politics of progress, opportunity and jobs in our country. That’s what this choice is in this election,” said Menendez in a statement.
Menendez ticked off what he called "the failed policies" he said that drove the nation to the brink of an economic depression in September, 2008, as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were not paid for and drove up the nation’s deficit.
“This is about what country we inherit. This is about what morning looks like after Election Day,” Menendez said in a statement.
“When I get in my car and I want to move forward, I put my car in “D” for Democrat and I drive into the future. When I want to go backwards, I put my car in “R” for Romney and Ryan and I go way in reverse. We don’t want to move backwards. We want to go forward.”
McCormac said Menendez responded quickly to the Avenel apartment firein July that left hundreds homeless.
“That’s the kind of Senator we need. They come out and they get it done,” McCormac said in a statement. “He’s just a fantastic voice for the middle class. He’s out there fighting for us every day.”
In his remarks, Pallone, whose district Woodbridge will join in January when the census redistricting takes place, said Democrats were clearly enthusiastic and national polls were encouraging, but that there was also a clear need for local Democrats to work toward getting the strongest possible voters turnout.
“Only about five percent of the people nationwide have not made up their minds. The bottom line is there aren’t that many people out there that can be persuaded. It’s more a question of getting the vote out,” said Pallone.
Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested can drop by campaign headquarters, call 732-860-8305, or visit their website.