Nuisance: Thurs 7/28: Visuals of security tent and outside of WFC. Great conversation with Hillary delegate [Timestamped highlights]

Worried that I can’t won’t be allowed to enter, because I join walk out. I did not go at all on Wednesday. The Secret Service let me in, and the person checking credentials let me in. It seems that not getting credentials from your state is how you were shut out. M

0:30: Inside the Secret Service security tent. The first thing he encountered after getting off of our state delegation buses at Broad Street, just across the street from FDR Park.

3:40: Citizen’s Bank Park, And Lincoln financial center open paren “the link”), both of which are right across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

4:00-7:20: Walking on the outside, towards the west side of the Wells Fargo Center. I enter into what I believe is the same door through which people exited for the walkout on Tuesday night*.

Talking about how The Wells Fargo Center replaced an older stadium called The Spectrum, which is a big memory for people in Philadelphia.

5:05: Looking back at the two Secret Service security tents. One likely for those coming off of the subway, another for those getting off of the official state delegation buses.

5:30: I mention how I saw a billboard on I-95 and saw a billboard that said

Dear Hillary,

We’ve got your back.

Love,

The media

I talk about how Sam and Sam* drove me in today, and dropped me off at the Oregon subway station, exactly one stop from the AT&T station on the property of the Wells Fargo Center, which is the end of “the Orange line”. They are going to park their car north of City Hall, and then take the Orange line down to FDR Park.

7:20: brief view of The sections of media in the upper, main hallway.

8:00: I review how, at ZZZ in the second part of my D&C coverage, I unknowingly encountered Roger Ailes, who is just fired from FOXNews for sexual-harassment, And how his reporter was asking the most ridiculous, unrelated questions, such as, “What do you think about Hillary Clinton renting a private jet?”

9:45: Walking through the upper main hallway, looking for my section, Which is 110/111. Showing the entrances to sections 116/117, 115/116, 114/115, 112/113, 111/112. Also showing some tables with buttons and stickers and computers and other tchotchkes.

14:00: I find Richard in New Jersey section on the floor.

He is wearing masking tape that says #BlackLivesMatter, Saying how it is more meaningful because it is handmade, and not this corporate, pre-pressed, Pro Hillary signs that are continually being given out.

15:10: I see Kristin. She says she just got a picture with New Jersey senate president and gubernatorial candidate Steve Sweeney.

She talks about a big issue in New Jersey where pensions for 800,000 people are not being funded. If the New Jersey send it passes “SCR2”, then a question can go on to the ballot regarding this.

16:25: I got a text on the subway on my way here, that there was some protest action being taken. Kristin says some Bernie delegates were singing after the national anthem, but it wasn’t very organized and a not lot of people were involved.

She also talks about a text that she got from the Bernie Sanders campaign, about and event occurring after the closing gavel tonight, in Xfinity Live, a building within the security perimeter, but outside the Wells Fargo Center building. “To celebrate the political revolution, join fellow Bernie delegates…”

17:50: Panning through the crowd, finding my seat.

18:25: Panning the New Jersey section, with a significant number of empty seats.

19:15: I answer some viewer questions:

Are you in in? (Implying, were my credentials stripped?)

As I’m standing in the middle of the DNC floor: “I think this is pretty close to it ‘in in’. I think there’s only one more level of ‘in’ and that’s on the stage, and I don’t think I’m going to try that hard.”

Did you come so you could protest?

My style is not to protest. My style is to give those around me, who do indeed like to protest, a larger voice, by filming them and supporting them. By making sure that you out there get to see what’s going on. That you get to see the protest in the reaction to it. I don’t choose to directly get involved in protest like that. So you can decide for yourselves.

How did you get to the convention today?

I was driven in, because I wanted to get here faster. I could’ve taken an official hotel shuttle bus, but being driven to a close subway station was much faster. I happened to be with people who were driving into the city anyway.

20:35: “Can I sit anywhere, guys, entered New Jersey section? This is my state.”

It turns out that all of those empty seats are being saved. There is nowhere for me to sit in my entire state delegation section, which is explicitly supposed to have enough spaces for everyone and it’s delegation.

I end up taking a seat that is being saved, and just anticipate being kicked out of it when someone comes back. A Hillary delegate is the one that finally encourages me to sit down.

21:15: Richard: “Come on in. It’s all OK, my brother.”

Jeff: “Diane, I’m going to sit on your lap, OK?”

21:30: Hillary delegate: “come on! Come on in! Join us.” Big smile.

Jeff: “I have not felt welcomed by some people, but you have made it all better for me. I appreciate it.”

She’s from Summit New Jersey, Union County, west of Newark airport. Near Plainfield, Providence, and Short Hills. She is the chair of the Summit Democrats

23:00: I ask her what her perspective was of the walk out on Tuesday night. She was sitting near the bottom, near the New Jersey sign, and did not even realize that it happened. She was engrossed in the rollcall.

She found out about it on the bus yesterday, on Wednesday. She was going to the Constitution Center and happen to be sitting next to Liz Maratea.

24:55: Hillary delegate: “And then she shared with me how not welcome she felt as a Bernie delegate. And I said that I was sorry to hear that, because I really appreciate all that all of you did to broaden the platform.”

Liz told her how she was not allowed back in, despite not actively choosing to participate in the walk out. She was at the top in the hallway, calling her two-year-old daughter at the time. And unfortunately, all the commotion suddenly surrounding her scared her daughter into thinking that people were screaming for some reason.

26:25: Hillary delegates says that Liz did not participate in the “booing and the bad behavior that happened” against Elijah Cummings on Monday night, and that she herself did not appreciate it.

And I think it’s really rude when someone is speaking–but I totally understand the disappointment and I know that we have to get better about having dissent. How to unify.

27:00: Frustration and resentment that arguments promoting Hillary Clinton often end with “because we must unify in order to defeat Donald Trump.”

She talks genuinely about appreciating parts of Bernie Sanders platform and his supporters. She ends by saying, “But in the end, we have got to come together for the Democratic Party to be Trump.”

Jeff:

Not to disparage anything that you just said. Because I’m actually very grateful for much of what you just said. I’ve basically being an open minded person who disagrees with us… But the argument often ends with, “Because we must come together as a party to defeat Donald Trump.

I really wish we were in an election where we could come together to vote for someone. And to have to come together out of fear is something that really turns us off. It’s the difference between, “Earn our vote and we will give it to you,” as opposed to, “Give us your vote or we will threaten you with Trump.” …

[30:10] My advice to Hillary supporters, is if you want to come together on what unifies us, then stop telling us that we have to come together to defeat Donald Trump.

31: Discussion on the nature of protest, and how Elijah Cummings, in a private conversation on Tuesday (he did not want me to Record him) told me just how angry he was at Bernie supporters for booing him.

The act of a protest is almost by definition, rude and inappropriate. But it is the job of who is being protested against to understand the reason, The motivation, behind that rude and inappropriate act.

(If you protest the protest you are missing the point.)

But as someone who I believe played a significant part in the African-American struggle, I would think he more than others should understand this concept. But in the moment that I was talking to him, I got the impression that the rudeness and inappropriateness was more important to him then the message behind it.

I then compare this to how Bernie supporters have been complaining throughout this entire election and have not been listened to, so here at the DNC were upping our game, such as by billing Elijah Cummings, and now we are being told that the rude Ness of our protest is by far more important than the motivation and the message behind it.

Hillary delegate: “With newness comes some inability to hear. With some experience comes an inpatience, And the forgetting that we need to teach.”

Jeff: “That you were new at one time.”

36:10: We talk about getting involved and running for office and Brand New Congress. Talk about running with Bernie in New Jersey as surrogate, she talks about her failed campaign 2011, but that it was a great experience, and now she is chair of the Summit Democrats, Which is an unelected position

39:40: She talks about how she was appointed to school board, which is unusual to her part of the state of New Jersey. She was on it for six years, and was president for one year.

She was elected as chair of the committee in June of 2015.

We discuss the false dichotomy that our government gives us, to either fundraise, or connect with your constituents.

48:30: A Hillary supporter, Millie, sitting in front of me, asks me “Did I miss something?”

She heard me reading a few minutes ago the texts trying to organize Bernie supporters into doing another walk out, which I’m not interested in participating in. She misstook it as instructions for all people, by the Democratic Party/DNC itself.

It takes a minute for us to figure out this misunderstanding. I don’t tell her the specifics, because I joke that she is “the enemy”. She doesn’t appreciate that.

She talks about how she herself was disrespected by some Bernie supporters, although does not want to go into specifics, and that if we’re going to unify that need to be more sensitive about our language, even if it is just joking.

Millie:

You know, I think it’s unfortunate for going to talk about each other as “the enemy.” … when you lead with, “the enemy, air quotes”, it sort of sends a message, it almost sets up a barrier that I don’t think should exist. Because I think there are a lot more people here that are open and want to have a conversation. And want to figure out how we actually make sure that the issues that we all care about our front and center. And that only happens when there’s openings on both sides.

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Nuisance: Thurs 7/28: Nevada’s Roberta Lange confronted at DNC, in chaotic and private state delegation meeting.

A private meeting with the Nevada delegation (I was a New Jersey delegate). A man at the microphone protests Roberta Lange’s and the Democratic Party’s behavior at the Nevada State Democratic Convention. He is confronted, the microphone is removed, and he ends up lying on the floor, right in front of the stage for minutes. Allegedly assaulted.

Another man protests the same by handcuffing himself to a chair.Both are outraged by the treatment at the Nevada State Democratic Convention, and especially the blatant smears of violence and vandalism used as an effort to cover it up.

Lange shouts them both down.

Here is a followup livestream by Dan Rolle, the person who handcuffed himself.

Nuisance: Thurs 7/28: Walking around DNC stage, kicked out while trying to find seat

0-2:15: Walking on the floor directly next to the DNC stage, in the Pennsylvania section. Pennsylvania is the host of the convention, and therefore closest to the stage.

I encounter Jim Gardner, the lead anchor of Philadelphia is ABC6 station, who I grew up with. I also see Melissa Robbins, who is one of my primary Pennsylvania contacts in the Bernie campaign.

4:05: At the edge of the actual floor, Behind Pennsylvania and in front of, and just to the left of New Jersey, is set ups for three major news networks, with fancy solid glass tables and someone. I see Chris Matthews.

4:58: I see Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper at the scene and set up. I sarcastically praise them all.

5:10: Jeff: “OK, I’m getting tired and punchy and sarcastic… And I’m not looking forward to the speeches. But this is my job.

5:36: A good view down a sub-hallway, used by DNC staff only. Also looking up at one of the lower diagonal levels of people sitting, including the state of Vermont. New Jersey is just to the left of the camera.

6:05: I reach the bottom of the New Jersey section. I do not see any seats. Speculation is that there are many seat fillers now.

735: I see some guy who, from the back, looks just like Bernie Sanders. Sitting in when I guess to be the back of the Pennsylvania section. Can’t be him.

8:55: Kristen mouth’s, “I’m tired.” I agree.

Kristen: “I said I’m tired, and I’m kind of bored.”

Jeff: “Kind of?”

Kristin: “Very.”

I sit down in the stairwell next to Kristen, and realize just how tired I am.

9:30: I receive a text “Our campaign would greatly appreciate if you would extend the same respect during Secretary Clinton speech…”

10:00: I show the ceiling with all of the balloons ready to fall tonight.

I get kicked out.

There are no seats in New Jersey, although their most certainly are supposed to be for all delegates. So who is picking up those seats?

10:10: A security guard: “Excuse me. You need to get up and go. You can’t sit on the steps.”

I go to see that as being saved for another delegate. “So I’ll get up when they come back.”

12:45: Someone is passing out officially sanctioned signs, and is trying to have the colors evenly distributed. Having certain people pass certain colors in different directions.

A DNC worker: “We’re trying to mix them up.”

14:20: I’m on the stairs again. No seats.

14:45: Security guard: “Do you have a seat here?

“I’m in New Jersey delegate.”

“I didn’t say you weren’t. Do you have a seat here?”

“I don’t know where–”

“Do you have a seat here?”

“Can you just talk to me?”

“Can you just answer the question I’m asking you?”

“I’m looking for a seat!”

“There’s no seats here. Come on! You can’t stand here and block the aisle.”

“I don’t know where to sit in my own state.”

“If you don’t have a seat–”

“I am looking for a seat–”

“Come on. Come on.”

He starts to push me up the stairs.

“I am looking for a seat–”

“Come on. Come on.”

“Is this free? Where can I sit?”

Continuing to push me: “I have no idea. I have no idea.”

“How can I find a seat if you’re not even going to let me–”

“Right now you can’t. Because they are trying to do a program and they need the aisle clear. I’ve asked you three times, can you–I asked you nicely three times. That’s why am getting–”

“No I don’t think you–”

“Thank you. You’re taking it personally.”

I give up and walk up the stairs.

16:25: Kristen is up in the hallway, and saw what happened. She sympathizes but says he’s just doing his job. I’m not sitting regularly in a spot so I am making it more difficult to find a seat.

Jeff: “He is doing his job. He’s just being an asshole while he’s doing his job. This is the state of New Jersey, and you would think that they would have space for their own delegates.”

17:55: I thank the viewers for sticking with me, despite not being in a position at the moment to be able to share anything significant.

I walk through the hallways.

18:50: “I’m just biding time until Chelsea and Hillary speak. And I’m not that excited to hear Chelsea and Hillary speak.”

Nuisance: Thursday 7/20: Screw it. I’m done. Leaving the DNC for FDR Park. [Timestamped highlights]

Walking away from the Wells Fargo Center in the parking lot. You can see it lit the background. It’s now dark.

“I’m tired, and I’m just done, listening to all the happy happy speeches. I’m going to FDR Park to be with the people who care about what I care about.”

2:55: “It’s right across the street, but I have to walk…a block or two up, then over than a block or two back.

3:10: Militarized police with serious automated weapons.

4:10: A five-story high broadcast antenna that is a temporary structure. Brought in just for the DNC.

4:40: “All this flash and slickness and big bright lights…”

And none of it does anything to address any of the real problems that are facing our country. It only temporarily distracts us. But it seems that they want to permanently distract us with a constant stream of temporary distractions.

5:00: A viewer asks: Is the DNC over?

No. Chelsea is going to introduce her mother, and then “our Democratic nominee” is going to give her speech.

“I don’t feel there is anything I really need to listen to. It doesn’t matter what she says. It matters what she does. So she’s going to say amazing wonderful things tonight. She can ask for my vote all she likes. But I’m waiting for her to actually earn my vote by doing what is necessary.”

5:45: Has it made my stomach turn?

No. I’ve just chosen to be numb by this point… We knew what we were getting ourselves into. We were going to somebody else’s party. Try and tell them that something is wrong, and they’re just not interested in listening to that.

6:00: Will there be another walkout?

I hope there’s no protester in Hillary’s speech. The campaign set a text requesting that no protests happened during her speech. But some are indeed trying to organize one.

If you were says: “And that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

Jeff: “It doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it.”

7:15: A viewer says Katy Perry is performing.

Jeff:

Oh that’s so unbelievably exciting I can’t even take it. That’s what I’m saying… All of the flash in the famous people, and the incredible technology… In some contexts that might excite me, but in this context, with all the problems that we have, and the injustices that we have… To me it feels like a huge distraction. Go and enjoy Katy Perry. Don’t worry about the big issues that are on your mind.

10:30: A viewer says, “It is it an infomercial for the nominee.”

10:45: A viewer says “Why did you call her our next president?”

Because it seems very likely that she’s going to be our next president, as much as I don’t want that.

11:00: I asked some security guards next to a secret service gate how to get to FDR Park across the street.

Still a long way to go.

12:40: Walking through some parking lot.

14:30: Approaching a wall of cops in front of a permanent fence on the side of the parking lot.

15:45: I see Sam Calhoun. He sees me and is walking to meet me.

16:20: I freak out a cop, who thinks that I’m a protester who magically somehow got onto the other side of the fence. I tell them on the delegate, and he seems OK with that, but he accompanies me, so I think he’s still a bit suspicious.

A minute later he seems convinced.

17:25: In reaction to a viewer: “Oh yeah. They don’t fuck around. They’re not fucking around. There will not be an incident today.”

17:50: There is an opening in the gate, and the police allow me to go through to join the demonstrators. They are kind and accommodating.

18:10: “Excuse me. I’m a delegate…I’m going to the demonstrators.”

“All right man. Rock on.”

“You going out there?”

“I’m going out there. I’m going in.”

“All right. Be careful. Have fun.”

18:25: I meet Sam. Now to walk back to two blocks to FDR Park.

“Sam and I started the day together, and we’re ending the day together.”

19:15: Sam expresses concern with a new group that has joined the protesters. He says numbers are higher, and police presence is stronger.

Sam: “They’re just being precautious.”

22:00: Sam asks if it’s true that people are wearing glow-in-the-dark shirts. It is true, but I didn’t know it at the time. I never saw it myself. Only in pictures and being told by people after the convention ended.

23:00: A viewer thanks me for continuing my coverage and sharing what I’m sharing.

This is my–I’ve made this my job this week. This is not fun, it’s not exciting… This is my job. This is what I can do. It’s Sharon with you guys who actually care what’s going on

23:50: I finally reach the crowd of supporters.

24:10: looking for John Laurits. After talking with math-blogger John Laurits online for months, I finally have a chance to meet him in person. He is also doing a livestream right now. Sam thinks he has found him. He has John’s feed on his own phone, and based on the people in signs that he sees, is trying to narrow it down for me.

25:25: Addressing rumors of people being paid to fill seats after Tuesday’s walk out. Can’t know the truth, the only thing we can know is that it is very difficult to find a seat, when there is supposed to be a seat for every single delegate. Unless you stay in your seat for hours, you will likely lose it.

27:40: Chant: “Show me what unity looks like! This is what unity looks like!”

28:45: I see Sam Jr. He is helping to create a line between the protesters and the police, to provide provocateurs from causing further problems, as they did last night. Sam says that there are a lot of different groups tonight, and it’s more difficult to keep the peace because of it. I agree that it’s a more precarious and aggressive feeling tonight. It is more of a struggle to keep things in control.

31:30: Sam says that he is actually following suspicious people around and videotaping them.

31:50: A gentleman from Eugene, Oregon is listening to us and chimes in (and is live streaming us) that he is also trying to keep protesters and police safe. He says that the people who want to “stir up trouble,” ultimately want anarchy.

35:15: Panning over the crowd. Likely more than 1000 people.

35:30: Chant: “We! Are! The 99%!”

36:10: I see someone named Rachel, who I met back in October at a debate watch party for the second debate in the Democratic primaries.

36:30: Close-up of a person with a gas mask.

37:00: Signs: never Hillary, Bernie DNC, Jill Stein #JillNotHill

37:20: One of the people holding those signs, says that she’s been watching me on my life streams, and is thankful for me speaking on the stage yesterday evening. She’s from Kalamazoo Michigan.

37:30: An interesting sign with a bunch of unity fest. Being held by the woman who’s watching my life streams.

“We love you guys and we’ve been out here just rooting for you. We love you. And we will all do whatever we can.”

We hug.

38:25: A woman with a megaphone does a call and response with the crowd.

39:15: They put me on the mic. I address the crowd for five minutes.

40:20: Jeff: “I did not walk out as a protest, I walked out to be with you guys.”

40:30: John and I finally meet.

41:00: I continue to address the crowd. I think them for supporting us, tell them that we were on the stage yesterday, tell them how we saw them on Tuesday in the morning as we got off of the bus.

I address him questions and rumors.

I continue to address the crowd through 45:00. Answer questions about is there any danger inside? (“just extreme boredom”), are seats being filled by paid people? (“Sprong speculation but can’t prove anything”). Can the protesters be hurt even outside of the building? (“No. That’s why we have life streams.”)

45:00: I speak with Jon briefly.

46:50: Eric Reynolds, a California delegates speaks on another megaphone. He talks about the glow-in-the-dark shirts that were given to Bernie delegates (I did not know about them at this point), as a protest when the lights go off. He talks about the different protests that were organized and led by his state throughout the week.

49:45: He states that a delegate was escorted by police to the bathroom inside the Wells Fargo Center. He states that the delegate was hit, and that the act of protecting himself was interpreted as hitting back, and therefore the police started being aggressive with him.

He talks about delegates being arrested, and other things that I myself did not witness.

53:50: I address this to the camera. I do not have an opportunity to address the crowd. I don’t know if these things are true, but the way that they were sad is riling up the crowd, as if there is consistent violence and the rest towards delegates, and it is clearly not true.

54:10: a woman approaches me who’s remembers me from being on stage last night.

More people continue to approach me, recognizing me from last night. With a little exception, this is as close to being a celebrity as I have ever been.

58:15: according to supporters, delegates are indeed walking out. I have not heard anything about this myself.

58:55: I state how tonight does not feel calm, in comparison to the rest of the week. “This is just a lot of disorganized anger.”

1:00:00: Panning the police presence

1:01:45: A supporter approaches me, recognizing me from the stage last night, says that he got credentials from a delegate, and use them to go in last night to see Barack Obama speak. This was when the gate reach happens. He says that he did not hear about that until today.

He is amazed at the rigid structure of what happens on the inside, and the complete absence of any of these protests, or their sentiments. “It’s like an alternate reality.”

Nuisance: Thurs 7/28: I’m quoted in the Burlington County Times (NJ): “I’m really not interested in her [Hillary Clinton’s] words, because her words don’t match her actions.”

“There’s nothing that she can say that will change anything that I’m feeling,” Sanders delegate Jeff Epstein, of Maple Shade, said Friday. “If I see her doing things to earn my vote, then that would be wonderful. I’m really not interested in her words, because her words don’t match her actions.”

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Full article text:

With the close of the conventions, the real race begins
By David Levinsky and Kristina Scala, staff writers Jul 31, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, bringing an end to a Democratic National Convention full of protests, parties, speeches and political intrigue, not to mention performances by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

With a little over three months to Election Day, Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, who closed his own convention in Cleveland on July 21, will now try to ride any momentum to a victory for the White House. Recent polls put the billionaire ahead but don’t take into account any post-convention bump Clinton may see. And while the candidates fight it out for the Oval Office, New Jersey politicians will continue to set their sights on Trenton and the 2017 governor’s race, with some early conflict playing out at the convention.

In a political year and a presidential race that have been anything but conventional, here are a few takeaways from the four days in Philadelphia:

Party unity was paramount

Uniting the party behind Clinton was a key theme for all four days, as Democratic leaders tried to bring supporters of Bernie Sanders into the fold following the surprisingly tight primary battle between the former secretary of state and the senator from Vermont. The task became all that more difficult at the convention’s start after leaked emails revealed that several top Democratic National Committee officials had been working against Sanders during the primary.

Sanders’ supporters were vocal and visible throughout the convention, staging several protests outside the Wells Fargo Center and other locations in the city, but Clinton received some high-profile support as the likes of President Barack Obama and vice presidential pick Tim Kaine told Democrats to “Feel the Bern!”during their addresses, while other key party members praised Sanders for spotlighting issues such as poverty, campaign finance reform and corporate greed, driving the party platform and Clinton’s own positions further left.

Clinton also reached out to Sanders’ supporters in her own speech, saying his campaign “inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people, who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.”

“And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause,” she added.

The results appear to be mixed, with some Sanders delegates saying they were moved by his own endorsement of Clinton and the words of leaders like Obama and The First Lady. Others said they would support Clinton as the only realistic alternative to Trump.

“The No. 1 goal for everyone in the country right now should be to stop the narcissistic sociopath that is Donald Trump, and the only option to make that happen is Hillary Clinton. You’ve got to deal with reality,” said Jim Keady, a Sanders delegate and recent New Jersey congressional candidate.

Some Sanders followers said Clinton’s nice words didn’t sway them.

“There’s nothing that she can say that will change anything that I’m feeling,” Sanders delegate Jeff Epstein, of Maple Shade, said Friday. “If I see her doing things to earn my vote, then that would be wonderful. I’m really not interested in her words, because her words don’t match her actions.”

Making diversity an issue

Throughout the convention, the Democrats paraded minorities, women, young voters and transgenders onstage, with the goal of building the same diverse coalition that helped elect Obama to two terms and contrast some of the racially-charged rhetoric of Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and building a wall across the United States’ southern border with Mexico to block illegal immigrants, as well as the GOP platform’s opposition to gay marriage and transgender access to bathrooms.

Celebrating diversity was a repeated theme at the convention, as Kaine sought to welcome Latino voters by speaking Spanish, Clinton referenced her status as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party, and Booker celebrated New Jersey’s status as the first state to have two minority senators.

New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton, of Palmyra, said the party’s diversity better reflected the country.

“I came over on a bus ride with our team and looking at the diversity of the different people who are associated with our delegation. And when I checked into the show last week with the Republican convention, you didn’t see that same level of diversity,” Singleton said. “Our party is often talked about as being more inclusive, but we’ve actually physically shown it.”

The governor’s race was in full swing

For most of America, the DNC was about electing Clinton to the White House. But for New Jersey’s delegates, a more distant election quickly became the main attraction: choosing the next governor.

While over a year away, the jockeying among potential Democratic candidates to replace Gov. Chris Christie was front and center during the convention, as several of the major contenders held breakfasts, receptions and other events designed to garner attention and favor from key party leaders, volunteers and power brokers.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney started things off Sunday evening when he hosted a mammoth DNC kickoff reception aboard the Battleship New Jersey, which was adorned with a huge “Sweeney 2017” banner, a not-so-subtle reminder of his unofficial intentions and status as the likely Democratic frontrunner should he enter the race.

“It says I’m running for something next year,” he said, when asked about the banner, a nod to his Senate seat, which is also up for re-election along with all 120 seats in the Legislature. ” ’17 is a big year.”

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who is considered Sweeney’s chief competition in a primary election for the party nomination, was also coy, telling reporters at a delegation breakfast meeting he sponsored that he held the event to highlight Jersey City’s successes and to promote veterans issues.

“I think anything I do, you guys say it’s for 2017,”Fulop said after the event. “I’m just trying to ultimately do a good job in Jersey City.”

The event also gave Fulop the chance to share his biography, air a video highlighting Jersey City’s aid to veterans. But it also attracted South Jersey political boss George Norcross, Sweeney’s longtime friend and ally, who told reporters that Fulop was a “politically correct politician” who “says what people what to hear.”

Asked if he meant that as a compliment or slight, Norcross was happy to clarify: “I mean it in a bad way,” he said. “He tells people what they want to hear, and he patronizes people.”

Fulop responded that Norcross was not an elected official, but a businessman “who has made a lot of money off the public sector.”

The exchange wasn’t the only example of early campaigning for governor at the convention.

Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and the only declared candidate for governor, also hosted one of the delegation breakfasts where former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell spoke and delivered an unofficial endorsement.

“I never approve of people from one state endorsing candidates of another state, and I won’t do that today,” Rendell said. “But I will tell you that I am impressed with Phil Murphy. His resume is extraordinary impressive.”

What’s next?

Hours after the convention’s end, Clinton and Kaine attended a campaign rally at Temple University to kick off a bus tour across Pennsylvania and Ohio, which are considered key battleground states in play for both campaigns.

Meanwhile, Trump attended his own rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he warned that he would pull no verbal punches in his battle against the new Democratic nominee.

“Trump is going to be no more Mr. Nice Guy,” he said during the rally. And for the first time he encouraged his supporters’ anti-Clinton chants of “lock her up.”

“I’ve been saying let’s just beat her on Nov. 8,” Trump said, “but you know what? I’m starting to agree with you.”

The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private internet server while secretary of state didn’t result in criminal charges, but it has raised questions in voters minds about her honesty and trustworthiness, that Trump and Republican surrogates will look to exploit.

During the Republicans’ convention New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie staged his own mock prosecution of Clinton, accusing her of awful judgement and lying about the email scandal.

“Lets face the facts, Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she cared about protecting America’s secrets. And then she lied about it, over and over again,” Christie said, adding later, “We didn’t disqualify Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States; the facts of her life and career disqualify her.”

Clinton has fired her own broadsides back at Trump. In her convention speech, she accused him of stiffing contractors and small businesses in nearby Atlantic City, and of manufacturing his Trump-label products overseas.

“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again — well, he could start by actually making things in America again,” she said.

Political watchers expect plenty more verbal slings and arrows will be fired by both candidates and their campaigns before voters head to the polls. In fact, in a political year punctuated by surprising twists and turns, the most certain prediction is that the upcoming campaign will be one of the nastiest in U.S. history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.