Later tonight on a special NJTV broadcast from NJPAC in Newark, both of New Jersey’s United States senators — Robert Menendez and Cory Booker — will be interviewed by Steve Adubato. Adubato told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the timing of the conversation with both senators could not be better.
“The timing could not be more interesting for everyone, not just in New Jersey but across this country,” said Adubato. “The Eric Garner situation, the Ferguson situation, the whole question of police minority relations. What is in fact the role of federal government with the United States Department of Justice stepping in in these civil rights cases? Since there were no indictments the question is what is the role of the federal government? We’ll be talking to Sen. Menendez and Sen. Booker about those questions.”
Adubato said that other topics to be covered will include ISIS, minimum wage, taxing millionaires and the Keystone pipeline.
According to Adubato, Booker has said he wants to “reach across the aisle” and has started tweeting some Republicans saying, “Can’t we get along?” as a way to get through the congressional gridlock. But Adubato questions what can be done.
He said that Sen. Menendez will go from being the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to being the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee when the Republicans take over the Senate.
“I don’t know what the Democrats and Republicans are going to do after January when the Republicans take control of both houses,” Adubato said. “What will Cory Booker and Bob Menendez do when they’re in the minority party? We’re going to talk about that tonight at NJPAC.”
Adubato said that he does not believe that Democrats and Republicans are connecting.
“Do I think they get together for dinner? No. Do I think they have drinks that often? No,” said Adubato. “I actually believe that personal side, the connecting with people on the human level is missing and so there’s no benefit of the doubt. They don’t trust each other. They don’t know each other so they get intrenched as Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, liberals, where you are in the country. And that’s part of the gridlock other than the fact that they don’t really, as I said, know each other and they don’t want to see each other succeed.”
The interview airs Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on NJTV.