By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Updated 3/2 @ 5:50 p.m.
The Hill published an updated roll call late Monday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, and the list of Democrat abstentions is up to 53.
New Jersey specific news:
- Definitely Attending: Donald Norcross (D, NJ-1), Cory Booker (D-Twitter) and Bob Menendez (D-Ecuador, Dominican Republic)
- Definitely Skipping: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12)
- On the Fence: Donald Payne (D, NJ-10)
As of this writing we know of 34 congressional Democrats (30 House members and 4 senators) who are skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address on Capitol Hill. Their resistance coincides with the revelation of an explosive allegation: that President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli warplanes en route to bomb Iranian targets.
Some of the protesting Democrats are just straight up, old school, unapologetic anti-Semites, Save Jerseyans; others are so hopelessly ideological that they can’t appreciate the hypocrisy of having supported successive, egregious, unilateral and unconstitutional Obama power grabs BUT deciding Congress isn’t allowed to play any meaningful role in America’s foreign policy. It’s a little of both in many cases, I suspect.
No New Jersey Democrats are on that list. For now.
There are a few potential candidates. In January 2010, Reps. Bill Pascrell (D, NJ-8) and Donald Payne (D, NJ-10) stood with 52 other House Democrats calling on President Obama to advocate for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Payne was recently joined by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12) asking Speaker Boehner to postpone PM Netanyahu’s speech.
We’d like to remind each and every New Jersey federal official, especially those on the Democrat side of the aisle, that this is a time for choosing. History will judge how you behave in the coming days. Are you going to side with Neville Obama and his Iranian “Rasputin” Valerie Jarrett and their failed policies aimed at appeasement? Or our only stable, democratic ally in the Middle East surrounded by enemies including ISIS, in case you’ve forgotten, which continues its rapid expansion in the region?
Think about it. And choose wisely.