By Cristen Parisi
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Phil Murphy and Sen. Cory Booker rallied together for the reelection campaign of U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., on Feb. 29 on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College. Local Republicans heard about the event and rallied against the Democrats at the same time.
As the rally in the Papiano Gymnasium began, many women wearing red shirts with the logo “Moms Demand Action” joined other local residents in waving signs in support of Norcross and signs reading “South Jersey is not Trump Country.”
As Norcross introduced Pelosi, the approximately 1,500 people in the gymnasium rose to their feet and cheered.
Pelosi started her speech by thanking everyone for sending Norcross to Congress and by saying, “The Donald I love is Donald Norcross,” a subtle reference to President Donald Trump.
“How many times have we said this is the most important election of our time,” she went on to say. “Nothing compares to this.”
She thanked Murphy, who she said was “fair and strong” three times for being “such a champion to stave off the assault of the Affordable Care Act.”
Pelosi, along with Murphy, Booker and Norcross, talked about lowering prescription drug costs, noting that some Americans have gone into debt trying to afford their medicines.
As the rally was being held, the executive director of the Camden County Republican Committee, Tom Crone, could be heard speaking into a megaphone from outside. Despite the counterrally, Norcross said he was confident Democrats could turn “the White House blue.”
After the rally ended, one of the women wearing a red “Moms Demand Action” shirt said she attended the event for a simple purpose. “I support all four speakers here today and their vision for a better future,” said Denise Sellers of Stratford, a former educator.
She went on to say she wanted a president with honor, not one who locks children in cages, a reference to scenes of children being held in government facilities after they crossed the southern border into the United States. She wanted to help bring back humanity to our country.
“My women’s group actually sent soccer balls, basketballs and more to those children,” she said. “We collected $700 worth of merchandise.”