The Battle for Self-Government in Trenton, New Jersey


Woodrow Wilson became president of the United States in 1913 and served for two-terms. Before that he was governor of N.J., before that he was president of Princeton University. While contemporary residents of N.J. and Pa. enjoying celebrating Washington’s Crossing each year, and the subsequent re-enactments of the two Battles of Trenton, they are actually living in Wilson’s progressive world. That’s the one where un-elected judges and union leaders call all the shots at the expense of self-government. 100 years have passed since Wilson became president (1913-2013) and the current governor of N.J. is now considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2016. While he has critics on the right, Chris Christie has done more to restore self-government than any other governor of N.J. in recent memory. This is the subject of an upcoming post in TheBlaze.

“N.J. Long Road Ahead” is the subject of piece I co-authored with Vincent Vernuccio, an attorney who served in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Bush Administration. The paper details the key factors responsible for the erosion of self-government in N.J. Christie has pushed back with some success in a very tough state. That’s the history behind the Battles of Trenton are so important right now. Prior to the “Ten Crucial Days,” the American Revolution appeared to be lost. If Washington’s battered and beleaguered Continental Army could faith back then, we can have it again today.

Visitors to the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, where some of the Hessians were based during the first battle, will find that historical interpreters who work in the building are determined to correct a few myths.

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