"Politics on the PublicMind" Series for April and May

Madison, NJ (March 20, 2009) — The spring series on New Jersey politics at FDU’s College at Florham Library continues in April and May with four Friday breakfast seminars that are open to the public. Each presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The April schedule includes State Assembly Minority Leader Alex De Croce and Republican Budget Officer Joe Malone on April 3 and Princeton professor and former NJ Senator Gordon MacInnes on April 17. In May, Rutgers Professor Ernie Roeck is the guest on May 1 and Trenton lobbyist Matt McDermott will close the series on May 8.

Alex De Croce and Joe Malone will present “Budget Matters.” Alex De Croce has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1989, where he represents the 26th legislative district. He has been the Assembly’s Republican Minority Leader since 2003 and currently serves in the Assembly on the Legislative Services Commission.

Joe Malone has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1993, where he represents the 30th legislative district. He has served as the Assembly’s Budget Officer since 2004 and was the Assistant Majority Whip from 2000-2001.

Princeton professor and former state senator Gordon MacInnes authored the monograph on the landmark court decision “Abbot vs Burke.” MacInnes has served in the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate, directed a grant-making foundation and the New Jersey public broadcasting network. As an assistant commissioner of education, he worked with New Jersey's 31 poorest urban districts to focus the nation’s most generously funded urban education program ("Abbott") on academics.

Rutgers University emeritus professor Ernie Roeck Jr. continues the series on May 1. Roeck is the former director of the Center for Government Services at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the author of “Redistricting: New Jersey After the Census of 2010.” The research updates his 1998 report on redistricting following the 2000 census.

“The Real Trenton: A Lobbyist Tells It as It Is” is the topic for Matt McDermott, lobbyist and Fairleigh Dickinson alumnus, on May 8, the closing session for this spring series.

The public is invited to attend the “Politics on the PublicMind” seminars sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polling institute and the College at Florham Library. A donation to the “Friends of the Library” to help cover the cost of the seminars would be appreciated. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary.

To reserve a seat, contact Colleen Di Gregorio at (973) 443 8530 or e-mail colleend@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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