ELECTIONS

New Jersey Democrats Prepare for National Convention in Charlotte

By Desirée Taylor
NJ Today

Republicans had their moment to shine at their convention in Tampa earlier this week. So how will Democrats take back the spotlight when they convene in Charlotte on Tuesday? “I think we need to speak about what we believe in and our core values,” said New Jersey Sen. Nellie Pou, who is a delegate.

Democrats will likely respond to Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s assertion that Americans are not better off than they were nearly four years ago when Barack Obama was elected.

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“There are lot of problems President Barack Obama inherited … Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn’t talk about that,” said Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, who is also a delegate. “Another piece Romney talked about was health care. But Republicans have not come up with any answer to health care.”

Chivukula also questioned Romney’s job creation plan. “He’s got this magical thing … that he will create 12 million jobs but he has not said how he will do it,” said Chivukula.

A host of party veterans and rising stars are scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention. Among them, former President Bill Clinton, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will present the platform on Tuesday.