Article about the Edison Research protests in Somerville, NJ. Michelle and my quotes close it out. “Our goal is to simply get the truth.”

The article.

Michelle McFadden-DiNicola, a Sanders delegate from New Jersey, has come out several days to protest at Edison Research. She said she was “devastated” when Hillary Clinton received the Democratic presidential nomination.

But when it comes to exit poll data transparency and election fraud, it goes further than preferential candidates, she said.

“People should care, that doesn’t necessarily mean they should be here in the heat protesting, but this is not about Bernie,” McFadden-DiNicola said. “This is about free, fair, democratic elections. This is about standing up for whatever is left of our democracy.”

“We are out here not to get Bernie to be president. We realize that’s gone, as sad as that is,” Epstein said. “That’s not our goal. Our goal is to simply get the truth.”

Nuisance: Sun 7/24: I’m quoted in the Burlington County Times (NJ): Clinton “is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that.”

“Everyone wants to vote their conscience, but I find you also have to balance reality,” Creter said.

Other Sanders’ delegates were more reluctant.

“I am not strictly ‘Bernie or Bust,’ but I feel very strongly that (Clinton) is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that,” said Jeff Epstein, a Maple Shade resident who ran for Burlington County surrogate in Sanders’ column during New Jersey’s June primary.

Like Creter, this is Epstein’s first time participating in the convention as a delegate. He said he plans to share his experiences and the behind-the-scenes action via social media.

“I am very excited to go and broadcast the truth as much as I can. It’s hard to say that I am excited. This feels like a crossroads,” he said. “I want to go and make sure that whatever happens, the public knows that it happens.”

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2016 Democratic National Convention

NJ Democrats ready to rally in Philadelphia
By David Levinsky, staff writer Jul 24, 2016
Anne Creter is accustomed to standing on the outside of major political events.

The Riverton resident has a long history of attending protests and demonstrations in Washington and other locations, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

This year’s DNC convention at the Wells Fargo Center will be much different for the local peace advocate, as she’ll be one of New Jersey’s 142 delegates who will vote for the party’s presidential nominee during this week’s convention in Philadelphia.

There’s just one tiny hitch. While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to be formally nominated as the party’s standard-bearer, Creter is an avowed supporter of Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who challenged Clinton in a surprisingly close Democratic primary.

Winning over Sanders’ fans is at the top of Clinton’s to-do list for the four-day convention, which is expected to attract thousands of Democratic delegates, press, visitors and entertainers to Burlington County’s backyard neighbor, the City of Brotherly Love.

Clinton is expected to formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, closing out the convention.

The stakes are high for Clinton, who held just a 3 percent lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump in the most recent Monmouth University poll of registered voters nationally, and a 7 percent edge in 10 key swing states.

That poll was taken before last week’s Republican National Convention, which featured nearly nonstop Clinton criticism and chants of “Lock her up!” from the partisan GOP crowds.

Sharon Schulman, executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, said Clinton needs to generate similar spirit, as well as party unity. Sanders’ supporters will be key for the latter objective.

“Her goal is to pick up some of those voters who were for Bernie Sanders and unify the party,” Schulman said. “Because when all is said and done, this election may turn out to be a true turnout election between the two parties.”

Winning over Sanders’ supporters could prove challenging.

Some, like Creter, enter the convention fairly open-minded, and hopeful that Clinton and the party will adopt some of the reforms Sanders’ championed, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free-trade agreement between the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and several other countries in Asia and South America.

Expansion of Medicare and climate change are also big issues.

“It’s not that I’m necessarily against Hillary; I just love Bernie better,” Creter said Thursday, citing the senator’s longtime support for creating a Department of Peacebuilding within the federal government.

“Our goal is to promote and advance Bernie’s political revolution at and after the convention,” she said.

Creter said she hopes the party will find a way to unify around Clinton, although she admitted it may be difficult for many who back Sanders.

“Everyone wants to vote their conscience, but I find you also have to balance reality,” Creter said.

Other Sanders’ delegates were more reluctant.

“I am not strictly ‘Bernie or Bust,’ but I feel very strongly that (Clinton) is threatening me with Trump rather than trying to earn my vote, and I will not let myself be held hostage to that,” said Jeff Epstein, a Maple Shade resident who ran for Burlington County surrogate in Sanders’ column during New Jersey’s June primary.

Like Creter, this is Epstein’s first time participating in the convention as a delegate. He said he plans to share his experiences and the behind-the-scenes action via social media.

“I am very excited to go and broadcast the truth as much as I can. It’s hard to say that I am excited. This feels like a crossroads,” he said. “I want to go and make sure that whatever happens, the public knows that it happens.”

Another Burlington County delegate, Assemblyman Troy Singleton, of Palmyra, was more optimistic that Clinton will be able to unify and rally Democrats.

“We have the most qualified candidate, bar none,” he said last week.

A delegate in 2012 during the DNC in North Carolina, Singleton said this year’s convention has more of a historic vibe, as party members look forward to officially making Clinton the first woman presidential nominee.

“I liken it to 2008 when Barack Obama was nominated. We have the chance to make history,” he said.

Burlington County will be well-represented at the milestone, as the state delegation includes seven residents.

In addition to Singleton, Creter and Epstein, the county will be represented by Democratic Party Chairman Joe Andl, of Maple Shade; Mansfield resident Sherryl Gordon; New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer, of Lumberton; and Bordentown resident Catherine Majewski.

Other New Jersey delegates include the likes of Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Reps. Donald Norcross, Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Booker, who was among the three finalists considered for Clinton’s vice-president pick, will address the entire convention during the week.

While the nation’s attention will likely be focused on Clinton and her contest against Trump, many of the New Jersey delegates will also have their eyes on another political race: the upcoming 2017 gubernatorial election to replace Gov. Chris Christie.

While over a year away, jockeying among potential Democratic candidates has already begun, and the so-called shadow campaigning is expected to surge at the convention.

Among the Democrats believed to already be jockeying for the party’s nomination are Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany. Each has sponsored one of the delegation breakfasts, where delegates gather before the day’s events.

Sweeney is also hosting a Sunday night convention kickoff event on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden.

“They’ll be looking for backers, both financially and politically,” Schulman said about the Democrats vying to become New Jersey’s next governor.

Singleton said talk of next year’s governor’s race is inevitable, but he hopes New Jersey Democrats are able to keep their focus on Clinton and the task of helping her win the presidency.

“I know (the governor’s race) will be on some people’s minds, but the issue in front of us is so important that we can’t afford to have it take a back seat,” he said.

There will be plenty to do besides politicking, too, including afternoon and evening receptions and viewing parties at the New Jersey delegation’s hotel at the Philadelphia Renaissance Airport Hotel, as well as scores of parties and events across the city.

One of the biggest events will be an invitation-only concert Thursday at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden featuring Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The concert was organized and sponsored by George Norcross III, chairman of Cooper University Hospital and a member of the Democratic National Committee, and Susan McCue, former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as a thank-you to Democratic Party volunteers and supporters.

There will also be a food truck festival Monday afternoon at 3rd and Arch streets in the Old City section of the city, as well as receptions, cocktail hours and viewing parties hosted by lobbying firms, special interest groups and celebrities throughout the week.

Some of the events are invite-only, but many are open to the public and offer the chance to meet and socialize with elected officials, delegates, campaign volunteers and political wonks.

Singleton, for one, hopes to find time to enjoy some of the festivities.

“I’m hopeful I can let down my hair a bit and meet with folks from across the country that you don’t get to see,” he said. “I really look forward to meeting and speaking with my fellow delegates.”

Creter said she hopes to find some time away from the convention hall in South Philadelphia. She said finding the time and choosing the events is challenging.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” she said. “There’s so many things going on at the same time.”

Staff writer Brian Woods contributed to this story.

Nuisance: Mon 7/25: Liz Maratea and I are in this NJTV News article and video. Liz is portrayed well. I’m portrayed meh.

Liz Maratea, NJ Bernie delegate.

Video and article: Sanders Supporters Rally at DNC.


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“Here it is in black and white that everything that we’ve been saying from the beginning is absolutely 100 percent true. It doesn’t suggest there was corruption. It doesn’t suggest the DNC has been working against Bernie. It proves they have been working against Bernie since the beginning,” said Liz Maratea, New Jersey delegate for Sanders.

Even Sanders’ own pledged delegates are split on how to move forward, despite his endorsement for Hillary Clinton.

“The whole point of the progressive party, the whole point for Bernie supporters, is we think for ourselves, we don’t do what other people tell us to do. Even if Bernie tells us to vote for Hillary, no we are voting with our conscience. We don’t vote against people. We’re not voting to be against Trump. We’re voting for the candidate that we want,” Maratea said.

“It’s sad, but this, as hard as it is to admit, this really is not all about Bernie Sanders,” said New Jersey Sanders delegate Jeff Epstein. “She may win, but I don’t need to be happy about that.”

Will he vote for Clinton?

“I’m not Bernie or bust. A lot of my friends are,” Epstein said.

Nuisance: Tue 7/26: I’m quoted in the Burlington County Times (NJ): “I’m more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

Caruso is among those who believe the Sanders and Clinton Democrats will be able to come to the table to shake hands and work together again, as disagreeing Democrats have in the past.

But some believe the gap is too big to close.

Jeff Epstein, a Sanders delegate from Burlington County, said the celebration over Clinton’s success overpowers the fact that there’s a lack of interest on the part of Clinton backers to really listen to the views of Sanders supporters and make them feel part of the Democratic Party.

“I don’t feel really wanted,” he said. “I feel like a nuisance in some ways. It’s their party and I don’t feel very welcome to this party. They (Clinton supporters) just feel Hillary has won and it’s over.”

Epstein said he doesn’t see a way to bridge that divide.

“There’s just so much baggage that’s there’s no way around it. If they did what we felt was right, to sit down with us and come to a resolution … the amount that it would take to do that is infinite,” he said.

Epstein said he’s not a “Bernie or Bust” kind of supporter, but he has a deal breaker if he is to vote for Clinton.

“She needs to earn my vote, as opposed to Trump,” he said. “I’m much more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

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2016 Democratic National Convention

Divisions among Democrats at DNC: some say they can be bridged; others disagree
By Kristina Scala, staff writer Jul 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters wait outside while media is shut in during a sit-in at Tent 2 in the press village moments after Hillary Clinton secured enough votes to deem her the Democratic presidential nominee at the Wells Fargo Center onTuesday, July 26, 2016.

As the second night of the Democratic National Convention was underway, mixed opinions swirled around whether supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would be able to mend the divide that separates them and the Democratic Party.

On the floor of the Wells Fargo Center, some DNC delegates held signs that read “Love Trumps Hate.” Others were decked out in pins and shirts and hats with Sanders’ picture. One man was spotted wearing a jacket with “Feel the Bern” boldly written on the back in battery-powered lights.

And while some Sanders delegates expressed their distaste for the messages delivered during Monday night’s speeches, the Clinton delegates said they want nothing more then to work together with the Sanders delegates.

“We’re pros at this. We have squabbles, we have disagreements, and our party builds up and builds even stronger,” said Bill Caruso, a Sanders delegate from Camden County. “I expect that’s going to come as a result of this effort and I think that we are going to be unified in the fall.”

Caruso is among those who believe the Sanders and Clinton Democrats will be able to come to the table to shake hands and work together again, as disagreeing Democrats have in the past.

But some believe the gap is too big to close.

Jeff Epstein, a Sanders delegate from Burlington County, said the celebration over Clinton’s success overpowers the fact that there’s a lack of interest on the part of Clinton backers to really listen to the views of Sanders supporters and make them feel part of the Democratic Party.

“I don’t feel really wanted,” he said. “I feel like a nuisance in some ways. It’s their party and I don’t feel very welcome to this party. They (Clinton supporters) just feel Hillary has won and it’s over.”

Epstein said he doesn’t see a way to bridge that divide.

“There’s just so much baggage that’s there’s no way around it. If they did what we felt was right, to sit down with us and come to a resolution … the amount that it would take to do that is infinite,” he said.

Epstein said he’s not a “Bernie or Bust” kind of supporter, but he has a deal breaker if he is to vote for Clinton.

“She needs to earn my vote, as opposed to Trump,” he said. “I’m much more interested in the candidate that wants to show me what they’re about as opposed to threaten me with someone that’s worse.”

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross, representing Camden, Gloucester and parts of Burlington counties, said he believes the Democrats have already come together in the democratic process when they voted for Clinton as the party’s nominee.

The Democrat from Camden said he believes each speech that was made represented the core values of all Democrats — a livable wage, pay equality, and creating more domestic jobs. He said that despite the divide between Sanders and Clinton supporters, the next few days will become a path that would lead to a united party.

“I’m really proud of Democrats for coming together and having this conversation,” he said. “You’re not going to please 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time. But at the end of the day, you’ll see that over the course of the next few days, Democrats coming together.”

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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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.

Coverage of my surrogate candidacy by the Burlington County Times.

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Elections: Two face off in race for Democratic nomination for county surrogate

By Brian Woods, staff writer Jun 1, 2016

One familiar face and one new one are battling for the Democratic nomination for Burlington County surrogate.

Sander Friedman, backed by the Burlington County Democratic Committee, and Jeff Epstein, who will be in a column with presidential nominee Bernie Sanders, will go head-to-head in the primary election Tuesday for a spot on the general election ballot in November.

The winner will vie for the seat against Republican Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien, of Medford, who is looking to move into the surrogate’s office. She would give up her freeholder seat if she wins tge office.

Friedman is endorsed by the Democratic Committee along with freeholder candidate Reva Foster and sheriff candidate James Kostoplis. Friedman, Foster and Kostoplis ran unsuccessfully for the same offices in 2013.

Epstein is running with fellow Sanders supporter Michael Miller, the freeholder candidate.

Friedman, 51, of Medford, has nearly 25 years of experience practicing law and has his own legal practice in West Berlin, Friedman Doherty LLC, which focuses on consumer protection, citizens’ rights, and improving transparency in government.

“I have been helping people navigate through complicated transactions in difficult times throughout my career. I would like to serve as surrogate to help people throughout the county,” he said.

The attorney said that Surrogate Court-related functions such as performing wills and guardianships require a certain level of guidance, and that his experience makes him the best person for the job.

Friedman said that legal experience is the most important qualification for the surrogate position, but also that compassion and innovation are important. He questioned his opponent’s lack of legal background.

Friedman said one of his goals would be to “streamline the office and save taxpayer dollars to the greatest extent feasible without sacrificing important services.”

Epstein, 44, of Maple Shade, works full time on the Sanders campaign, but previously was a software programmer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a programmer that made large programs for banks.

He is also a professional singer who has been in backup choruses for both Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden and Michael Crawford at Radio City Music Hall.

“Let me be totally upfront: I am not a lawyer. I am a Master’s-level college graduate who reads avidly, keeps up with current events, and intimately learns whatever he sets his mind to,” Epstein said.

While Friedman is an attorney, Epstein said his lack of a law degree isn’t necessarily a deficit. He said that the surrogate does not litigate, and that probates of any complexity are transferred to the New Jersey Superior Court.

“If it were required to be a lawyer in order to run for surrogate, I would not be running for surrogate,” said Epstein, who acknowledged that he has a lot to learn, but had confidence in being prepared by Jan. 1, when the winners would take office.

He said the Burlington County Democratic Committee hasn’t done a good job getting Democrats elected and pointed to the fact that the Board of Freeholders is all Republican.

He said the committee’s sponsored candidates have already run for the same positions and lost. He said it’s time for new blood.

As surrogate, Epstein has a list of goals he would like to see implemented, including providing consistent and ongoing access to the office regardless of income or demographics, being a full-time surrogate, and fighting for progressive fees so that those with the largest estates pay more than those with minimal estates.

“There is no reason why people with small estates should pay three dollars per page for noncertified documents, as is current policy,” Epstein said.