As it is defined in the class textbook, “Asset Building and Community Development” Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines political capital is “the ability of a group to influence the distribution of resources within a social unit or the trust the community has in a politician to make decisions for the community”(Green & Haines, 2016).
Maplewood is located in the 10th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 27th state legislative district. The State of New Jersey itself is represented in the US senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark) whose term ends in 2021. Cory Booker representing New Jersey in the senate is quite big for Maplewood because Booker is the former Mayor of Newark, which is in the same congressional district as Maplewood. The people of Maplewood therefore heavily support Booker and he has had many campaign events in the township. In Essex County during the senate elections, Booker “received 77.7% of the vote” (NYTimes.com, 2013). This could be in part because out of 16,399 registered voters in Maplewood, 9,306 (56.7%) were registered as Democrats, 1,439 (8.8%) were registered as Republicans and 5,645 (34.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated (VOTER REGISTRATION SUMMARY – ESSEX, 2011). During his current term in the Senate, Booker co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity that unfortunately was never passed by the House (www.GovTrack.us, 2013). Finally, he also January 2014, he cosponsored the Respect for Marriage Act which repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and ensured respect for State regulation of marriage (www.GovTrack.us, 2014).
Picture of Junior Senator Cory Booker. From: http://baristanet.com/2012/12/ny-times-kate-zernike-kerfuffle-deja-vu-all-over-again/
Picture of the election results by county for senatorial elections in New Jersey in 2013. From: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/elections/2013/nj-special/senate/map.html
New Jersey Senate – 2013 Election Results – NYTimes.com. (2013, October 31). Retrieved October 20, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/projects/elections/2013/nj-special/senate/map.html
03/23/2011 VOTER REGISTRATION SUMMARY – ESSEX. (2011, March 23). Retrieved October 20, 2016, from http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/2011-essex-co-summary-report.pdf
S. 815 — 113th Congress: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013.
Retrieved October 20, 2016, from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s815
S. 1236 — 113th Congress: Respect for Marriage Act.
Retrieved October 20, 2016, from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1236