New Jersey has major stake in California governor’s recall election

The California election for Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. The following column explains the mechanisms of the recall.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/24/gavin-newsom-recall-loss-turn-progressives-conservative/

The following is a current summary of polls showing this recall election is too close to be called:

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/california-recall-polls/

The following column explains why Gavin Newsom is in danger of being recalled:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/23/gavin-newsom-recall-danger/?no_nav=true

The following is my column yesterday regarding the decision of the two-person committee of the California Board of Parole Hearings to approve the parole application of Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy:

https://www.insidernj.com/america-sirhan-wrought

In this column, I argued that Sirhan’s parole would be a serious miscarriage of justice, especially from a historical perspective. There would also be a major negative political consequence: Governor Newsom will almost certainly lose the recall election if he acquiesces in Sirhan’s parole.

Governor Gavin Newsome’s recall could lead to some Republican takeover of the United States Senate in the VERY near future, as follows:

If Newsom loses the recall election, Republican media personality Larry Elder would likely become governor. He is a right-wing madman, grossly unfit for any public office.

It’s pretty gruesome, but worse yet, Elder’s rise to governor of California may well lead the Republican Party, now under Donald Trump’s suzerainty, to take control of the US Senate.

There are growing rumors that California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein will be leaving the Senate soon due to her health and age. And a Governor Larry Elder would certainly replace her with a Republican, giving Republicans a 51-49 advantage and thus control of the US Senate. This would actually give Donald Trump personal dominance over the US Senate:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/08/california-recall-dianne-feinstein-senate-stakes.amp

I have devoted most of my adult life to the Republican Party and its ancient ideals of mainstream conservatism, limited government, and conservative internationalist foreign policy, unlike the neoconservative Wilsonian Pax Americana or isolationist politics. I used to refer to myself with humor, but with precision, as the last surviving Republican of New Jersey Eisenhower.

The current dominant influence in the GOP, Donald Trump and Trumpist fascism, is a repudiation of all of this. As a result, without pledging allegiance to the Democratic Party, I will now continue to support the election of the Democratic Congress as long as Donald Trump and Trumpism control the Republican Party.

A Republican takeover of the US Senate would have catastrophic consequences for New Jersey. And I deliberately use the word “catastrophic”. Three major consequences emerge:

  1. Republican Senate takeover condemns federal funding for the Gateway program (originally the Gateway Project), planned phased expansion and renovation of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line between Newark, New Jersey and New York City , New York. The impacts on the economy, transport, environment and other infrastructure resulting from the failure to implement this project would be of unprecedented catastrophic magnitude.
  1. A takeover of the Republican Senate would thwart efforts to fully reinstate SALT deductions from federal income tax (state and local taxes). The full reinstatement of these deductions is a vital priority for middle-class New Jersey residents.
  2. Biden’s infrastructure proposals contain significant funding for New Jersey’s essential environmental needs: Superfund increases, climate resilience, water and sewer improvements, to name a few. A Republican Senate will reject all of Biden’s environmental proposals, and the big loser will be the New Jersey environment.

Very rarely has New Jersey had as much of an interest in an election in another state as it has in the event of being called back to the governorship of California. In essence, the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom will mean a likely GOP takeover of the US Senate in the near future – and a parade of economic and environmental horrors for New Jersey.

Alan J. Steinberg served as a regional administrator for Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush and executive director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission

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