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State Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway)

Smith stops short of predicting peace with Piscataway progressives

Insurgents a diminished force after June elections

By Nikita Biryukov, June 17 2019 3:56 pm

State Sen. Bob Smith stopped short of predicting peace within Piscataway’s Democratic Municipal Committee following a county-backed romp of progressive challengers earlier this month.

“We talk to everybody. We love everybody. They’ve been diminished within the committee. They had five members. They’re now down to three, but we’re always happy to embrace — in fact the last time around, the party chairman, Ted Light, met with leaders of the progressive party. They’ didn’t want any part of us,” Smith said. “They’ll come to meetings and express their views, and I’m sure we’ll work to elect a Democratic president next year. You know, it is what it is. That’s the nature of politics.”

While Smith predicts the two camps will work together to secure the presidency, he was less willing to say if the town’s progressives would try to recapture the seats they lost this year.

“Everybody’s welcome to do whatever they want,” Smith said when asked if he thought Piscataway’s progressives would continue challenging party-backed candidates. “That’s the great thing about Democracy.”

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  1. This is some kind of one sides nonsense. As the person who now represents Bob Smith in the Committee – because he couldn’t even defend his own neighborhood and curiously, his wife did not run for re-election, I find it very interesting that he thinks he has diminished our presence. I met with Ted Light in 2017. We asked for substantive policy commitments – protections for our immigrant neighbors, open and transparent government and an end to corporate subsidies at the expense of working families in our communities. His offer was to meet more frequently with us. We are not going any where. As Dr. King noted, the moral arc of history is long but it bends towards justice. Bob ought to remember that.

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