2016 Past Events

November 15: The 2016 Post Election Results

cassino_small.jpg  Dan Cassino is a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson, and Director of Experimental Research for the PublicMind Poll. He received his doctorate in political psychology from Stony Brook, and did postdoctoral work at Princeton before coming to FDU.
 ashley.jpg Ashley Koning is the Director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. She holds a PhD in the political science department at Rutgers, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. 
 9PQ442Jk.jpeg David Stasavage is Julius Silver Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University.  He previously held positions at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University.  

October 20: American Elections: The Challenge of Dark Money and Voting Machines

Picture2.png Douglas Keith is an attorney and the Katz Fellow in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. He has co-authored the Brennan Center report Secret Spending in the States and a related piece in The Atlantic titled How Semi-Secret Spending Took Over Politics. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he worked on voting rights litigation as a Ford Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow at Advancement Project.
famighetti.jpg Christopher Famighetti is a Voting Rights Researcher at the Brennan Center working on impact of laws and policies on access to the polls. Chris is co-author of the Brennan Center report America’s Voting Machines at Risk.  He also contributes research on campaign fundraising and spending for the Center’s Money in Politics program. 

October 6: What’s Gender Got to Do with It? Women and Electoral Politics Today

VVH_HEADSHOT.JPG Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D) was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in November 2005, representing the 37th Legislative District.  Vainieri Huttle currently serves on the Human Services (Chair), Transportation and Independent Authorities (Vice Chair), and Tourism, Gaming and the Arts committees. Since 2015, she has served as a Deputy Speaker.
kristaphoto.jpg Krista Jenkins is a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she is also the director of FDU’s survey research center, PublicMind. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and is a frequent broadcast and print commentator on politics in New Jersey and beyond. Her research interests include gender and politics, youth and politics, and American political behavior more generally.
HTS_aproved_headshot.jpeg Holly Schepisi (R) was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in November 2011, representing the 39th Legislative District.  She is a lawyer and businesswoman. At the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, Schepisi served on the Appropriations and Health and Senior Services Committees.
WEINBERG_PHOTO_2012.jpg Loretta Weinberg Loretta Weinberg was elected to the New Jersey State Senate (District 37) in November 2005. She is currently the Senate Majority Leader and also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is Vice Chair of the Legislative Oversight Committee and Co-Chair of the select legislative committee investigating “Bridgegate.” She also sits on the New Jersey Israel Commission, New Jersey Historical Commission and State Legislative Services Commission. She has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court to an ad hoc committee to look at domestic violence and the court system.
blessettphoto.jpg Moderator Brandi Blessett, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. 

September 22: Is the U.S. Constitutional System Broken?

 a.jpg Lisa L. Miller is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. Her research interests include law and politics, racial inequality, constitutionalism, and crime and punishment. Professor Miller’s most recent book is The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent crime and democratic politics (Oxford University Press 2016).  
 Coy_pic.jpg Peter Coy is Economics Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He writes on a wide range of economic, social, and financial issues. He is a regular contributor to the magazine's “Opening Remarks” column. 
 emaltz.jpg Earl M. Maltz is Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University School of Law.  He is the author of more than 50 articles on constitutional law, statutory interpretation, the role of the courts, and legal history.  His most recent work, The Coming of the Nixon Court:  The 1972 Term and the Transformation of Constitutional Law, was recently published by the University Press of Kansas.

May 24: An Update on Wall Street Today

   cohenv2.jpg  William D. Cohan, a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase, is the New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction narratives about Wall Street: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World; House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street; and, The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., the winner of the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and writes a weekly opinion column for BloombergView. He also writes for The Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, ArtNews, the Irish Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times Magazine.

Ms. Christine M. Cumming served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York until June 2015 and its First Vice President from 2004 to June 2015. Ms. Cumming served as Executive Vice President and Director of Research with responsibility for the Research & Market Analysis Group. From March 1994 to September 1999, Ms. Cumming served as Senior Vice President and responsible for the Bank Analysis and Advisory and Technical Services Functions in the Bank Supervision Group. She joined The Federal Reserve Bank staff in September 1979 as an economist in the International Research Department, and spent several years leading units in Research which covered the industrial countries and the international financial markets. While in The Federal Reserve Bank's International Capital Markets staff, she worked on topics such as the liquidity of banks and securities firms, the international competitiveness of U.S. financial institutions, and the implications of financial innovation.




April 21: NJ’s Pressing Issues: An Interactive Program Presented by NJ Spotlight Journalists

see video at http://www.northjerseypublicpolicy.org/2015_2016_videos

April 13: Transportation in the Next American City by Charles L. Marohn, Jr. PE AICP, a Strongtowns.org presentation, hosted by New Jersey Future and North Jersey Public Policy Network

cmarohn.jpgThe mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of growth that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues.

March 9: The US and Iraq: The Price of Stability in the Middle East

This informative and educational panel with Omar Humadi and Dr. Abeer Shaheen will delve into the long history of our complicated relationship with Iraq.

Dr. Abeer Shaheen is currently a lecturer at Columbia University’s Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department, visiting scholar at Rutgers University, and Education and Gender Consultant at Sharakpur Financial Services, Washington, D.C. She is the author of From Dictatorship to Democracy: Iraq under Erasure (doctoral dissertation).

Mr. Omar Humadi is currently the Adviser to H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim, Permanent Mission of Iraq to the United Nations. He has over 14 years’ experience in political advising, consultation and campaign management, administration, and finance. Throughout his career as an adviser, Mr. Humadi has worked with high raking Iraqi politicians in Washington, D.C. and Baghdad on a wide range of political and strategic issues

March 1: Morris-Essex Chapter: Explaining America’s Growing Inequality

Income/wealth inequality is creating serious problems for America’s middle class and has worsened the plight of those in poverty. Maintaining and expanding the middle class while preserving the safety net is essential to stability and democracy.

David Cay Johnston is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He has also been honored with the IRE Medal and the George Polk Medal.

In addition to acting as contributing editor of the anthology DIVIDED: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality (2014), Johnston has also authored several other books and publications, including Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich – and Cheat Everybody Else (the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award winner as well as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller).

Johnston is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management, where he teaches the property, tax and regulatory law of the ancient world and how the law evolved to today.

February 18: Income Inequality: Connecting the dots from income inequality to money influence in politics

Income inequality has decimated our middle class, and has caused a litany of vexing economic, social, and political issues. One of the most important issues relating to income inequality is money influence in politics. 

About Timothy Noah: Timothy Noah is the labor policy editor for Politico. Previously he was a contributing writer at MSNBC.com, a senior editor at The New Republic, and a senior writer at Slate. Prior to that, he was a Washington-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, an assistant managing editor for U.S. News & World Report, a congressional correspondent for Newsweek, an editor of Washington Monthly. He is also author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It.