New Jersey Politics is Focus of Spring Series at FDU

Madison, NJ (January 14, 2009) — New Jersey politics is the focus of the spring series, “Politics on the Public Mind” at FDU’s College at Florham. Beginning on February 6 and continuing through May 8, there are 10 Friday breakfast seminars at 9:30 a.m. in the College at Florham Library. They are open to the public and an audience question-and-answer period is part of each presentation.

Leading the February schedule will be author Michael Rockland on Friday, February 6, followed by gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan on February 13 and journalists Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure on February 20.

Michael Rockland’s book, co-authored with Angus Gillespie, “Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike,” was chosen by the New Jersey State Library as one of the “Ten Best Books Ever Written on New Jersey or by a New Jerseyan.” This fascinating study of the Garden State is his topic on Feb. 6. His latest book is “The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel.”

Rockland, a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, began his academic career as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of Higher Education, State of New Jersey. This followed his years in the United States diplomatic service as a cultural attaché at our embassies in Argentina and Spain. Rockland has authored 11 books, lectured widely overseas, written for popular magazines and served as a cultural commentator for television.

“Putting Taxpayers First” is the topic for conservative critic and candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, Steve Lonegan, on Friday, February 13. He describes himself as New Jersey’s number one advocate for the overtaxed citizen. Defeating the incumbent mayor in Bogota, Lonegan was reelected twice by double-digit margins, and kept the Republican Council in control for eleven straight elections. As New Jersey state director of Americans for Prosperity, he organized Taxpayer Action Seminars in towns around New Jersey, attacking liberal economic and regulatory politics. Lonegan is the author of “Putting Taxpayers First,” which he calls a “blueprint for victory in the Garden State.”

On February 20, journalists Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure will offer their insights on New Jersey based on their acclaimed book, “The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption” (St. Martin’s Press). Critics, readers, bloggers and editors across the country have called the book “scandalously good,” “an expose of the business, politics and economics of the Garden State,” and “deserving of a Pulitzer Prize.”

Bob Ingle has worked for the Atlanta Constitution and the Associated Press, and is currently bureau chief for Gannett’s Trenton Office. He writes a syndicated column and a blog and appears on New Jersey 101.5 FM’s “Jersey Guys” show.

Sandy McClure is a multiple award-winning veteran reporter whose New Jersey statehouse stories, first for The Trentonian and then for the Gannett State Bureau, span three decades, from Gov. Tom Kean to Gov. Jon Corzine. She spent two stints in Pennsylvania covering government and corruption for five newspapers.

The public is invited to attend these ten PublicMind breakfast seminars on New Jersey politics. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polling institute and the College at Florham Library sponsor the series. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary.

For the full schedule of speakers and topics for the spring “Politics on the PublicMind” series, or to reserve a seat, contact Colleen Di Gregorio at 973 443 8530 or e-mail An $85 suggested donation to the “Friends of the Library” to cover the ten seminars would be appreciated.

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