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Liz Gilbert. Photo courtesy of Rowan University.

Democrats get prime hotel assignment for Milwaukee convention

New Jersey benefits from ex-state party executive director Liz Gilbert’s new job as Milwaukee DNC Host Committee president

By David Wildstein, August 22 2019 4:48 pm

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The New Jersey delegation to the 2020 Democratic National Convention has landed one of the prime downtown Milwaukee hotels, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The president of the Milwaukee DNC Host Committee that had a hand in the hotel assignments is Liz Gilbert, the former executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and a close ally of Gov. Phil Murphy.

Hotel assignments at the convention are a big deal, especially with some hotels are an hour and a half away from the hullabaloo.

Milwaukee doesn’t have the capacity to allow every state to stay close to the convention center, with 26 of the delegations assigned to hotels in Illinois and 31 in the Milwaukee area.

New Jersey is one of eleven states that will be assigned to a downtown hotel.

Some states, including California – the home state of presidential candidate Kamala Harris — Florida and Texas – the political base of Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro –will be in Rosemont, Illinois, a Chicago suburb 80 miles from downtown Milwaukee.

The home states of eight presidential candidates will in downtown Milwaukee, besides New Jersey (Cory Booker): Delaware (Joe Biden), Massachusetts (Elizabeth Warren), Maryland (John Delaney), Minnesota (Amy Klobuchar), New York (Kirstin Gillibrand and Bill de Blasio), and Vermont (Bernie Sanders).

In 2016, New Jersey Republicans stayed at a hotel in Beachwood, Ohio – 26 miles from the Cleveland convention.  That assignment came despite Gov. Chris Christie’s presence in the race for the GOP presidential nomination and his eventual endorsement of the nominee, Donald Trump.

Four years earlier, when Christie was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, the New Jersey delegation was assigned to a hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida that was 32 miles and nearly an hour away from the convention.  Christie stayed at a different hotel, the Tampa Westin, which was closer to the action.

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