By Michael Aron
Chief Political Correspondent
Jon Bon Jovi and Sen. Cory Booker welcomed Hillary Clinton onto the stage.
About 800 to 1,000 people turned out at Rutgers-Newark to here her.
In her remarks, Clinton went right after Donald Trump, saying we learn something new about him every day.
“Just yesterday we learned the truth about Donald Trump’s big talk about helping veterans. It turns out that it wasn’t until the press shamed him that he actually made the donations he had promised,” Clinton said.
She brought up Trump University and the accusation the real estate course had cheated students, saying some of his employees have testified to that.
“This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud. He is trying to scam America the way he scammed all the people at Trump U,” Clinton said.
She then turned to issues, saying she supports early childhood education, free community college, equal paid for women, paid family leave, choice on abortion and helping families pay for child care.
“When I talk about these issues — equal pay, family leave — the Republicans accuse me of playing the woman card. Well I’ll tell you what if talking about these issues is playing the woman card, then deal me in,” she said.
She called Trump unqualified and unfit.
His foreign policy, she said, would be dangerous.
Booker called her one of the most qualified people ever to run for president.
The warm-up speakers included Mayor Ras Baraka, Congressman Donald Payne and state Sen. Teresa Ruiz.
“And guess what, Donald? I am New Jersey. We are New Jersey,” Ruiz said.
New Jersey will elect 142 delegates next Tuesday.
Clinton needs just 74 to clinch the nomination.
Since our polls close before the other four states that night, New Jersey could put her over the top.
“New Jersey, you have the chance to decide the nominee of the Democratic Party next Tuesday,” Clinton said.
After a 25-minute speech, Clinton worked the rope line for at least another 25.
One is struck by how hard she seems to be campaigning and how adept she’s become at taking selfies with other people’s cameras.
“Oh I love her. I think — not I think I know she is great,” said Irvington Resident Martha Cassell.
“I think it’s time to put a madam president in the white house,” said Jose Rodriguez of Brooklyn.
“Rousing, right on point, she hit all the notes, every piece of the progressive agenda and she went right at Trump,” said Maplewood Resident Jan Lewis.
Clinton must have listed 40 or more issues here in her speech. It was a bit of a laundry list. But it could be a first draft of a state of the union message come next January.