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Monday, July 16, 1984
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AS Asbury Park PressMon., July 16, 1984 The B ZRtCCiATS m San Francisco Assemblywoman realizes dream Press Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO As a young girl, Jacqueline Walker would sit almost mesmerized in front of her family's television set "A lot of my friends used to watch the beauty pageants on TV and fantasize about being a participant and winning the crown," the assemblywoman from Monmouth County recalls. "I got the same kind of feeling watching the national conventions on TV. Maybe it was because I was born and brought up in Hudson County, but I used to dream about making a keynote speech . . . "Besides, I don't think I was cut out to be Miss America.' Today, Mrs. Walker will come very close to realizing her dream. She will walk onto the floor of the Democratic National Convention as the second highest ranking member of the New Jersey delegation. Her designation as vice chairman Platform From page Al form recommends only a study of runoff primaries, increased military spending and a "move toward" a no first strike policy by the party's presidential nominee. The platform rejected the notion of quotas. A Hart plank that would restrict the use of military force also is in the minority report and expected to generate controversy among the delegates. The plank stems from Hart's belief that U.S. troops should not be used in the Persian Gulf war. The actual platform is vague on the question of whether military force should be used. Guarini, who heads the 122 New CONVENTION EVENTS HERE IS a brief calendar of convention events scheduled today and tomorrow. All times are Eastern Daylight Savings. MwMtay.July 16 5 p.m. Charles T. Ma-natt. Democratic National Committee chairman, opens the convention. 7 p.m. Reports of the credentials and rules committees. 9 p.m. Welcome by San Francisco Mayor Dianne Fein-stein. 8:30 p.m. Address by former President Carter. 9 p.m. An hour and a half of network television coverage begins. Celebrate the Opening of Our New Hospital!! Mon., July 16th thru Sat, July 21st , Rides Dunking Machine Special Games for Children Ride the Fire Engine Entertainment Every Night Fabulous Food Funnel Cakes Win Prizes at The Wheels Bargains Galore in the Merchandise Area f .Monday Thursday July 16th July 19th OPnb,8Maury6P M' Body BuWngContat 6 P.M. Hy Cu 6 P.M. Entertainment by Top Secret 7 P.M. Local Barber Shop Quartet Wanderero 8:30 P.M. til Closing Mutlc by Impulse Tuesday Friday Jahj 17th July 20th Night of Dance Hy-Cu Band 6 P.M. AS Type of Dandng, Break Dancing, , "Shore Hill Chapter of the Sweet ? iJrt' Adeline Quartet"--8 P.M. ' c ' Muc by: Spectrum Wednesday - Saturday ; July 18th July 21t I ' ' Beauty Paoaant Craiy Hour Deveiym Gymnaincj .. , , Entertainment by Ftaher Brother! Anything Goes Flrit Annual Contest 9 P.M. tH Cloatog Between Brick Hospital & Point Hospital AH EM $4 JO all aight Break Dancera . j of the delegation is the latest coup in what has been a meteoric political career for the West New York native. What makes the selection all the more startling is that Mrs. Walker entered the Assembly, her first and only elected public office, only six months ago. "Since I only arrived (in the Legislature) Jan. 10, this is an' interesting place for me to be," she observes, "and I'm enjoying every minute of it" When she attended the Democratic National Convention for the first time four years ago as an alternate delegate, Mrs. Walker's political credentials were rather meager and strictly parochial. She was chairwoman of the Mata-wan Democratic Organization and a member of the Monmouth County Democratic Executive Committee. Although active in local politics as a member of the Monmouth County Women's Political Caucus and the county chapter of the National Organ Jersey delegates, said yesterday party unity should overshadow the differences of opinion among the delegates. New Jersey has one of the largest pro-Mondale at the Democratic National Convention. A total of 114 delegates are for Mondale, six for Jackson and one for Hart. The congressman said Mondale's representatives are still working with the Jackson and Hart camps to see if a compromise consensus can be reached on the more controversial minority planks. If the talks break down, Guarini said there could be a "bitter" and "extended" floor fight tomorrow. He said there would be no attempt to stifle debate within the New Jersey delegation. The minority report will be discussed at the delegation's breakfast meeting tomorrow. 9:15 p.m. Keynote address by New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. Midnight "Oh, What a Night" welcoming party for delegates. Tuesday, Jury 17 4:30 p.m. Convention session begins. 7 p.m. Party platform is presented. 7:30 p.m.. Address by House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill. 9 p.m. An hour and a half of network television coverage begins. 9 p.m. Address by Rev. Jesse Jackson. ization for Women, Mrs. Walker's governmental experience was limited to a stint on the Matawan Board of Adjustment Politics, though, has been an almost lifelong passion.. As a child, she remembers listening to the presidential conventions on the radio. The arrival of a TV into her home only stoked her fascination. "You could just feel the enthusiasm," she says. In his own way, Mrs. Walker says, her father fueled the flames. "Maybe it was because he was from Europe, but politics was important to him," she explains. "He would ask me questions and challenge my knowledge of political history." Although she is now a full-time legislator, originally Mrs. Walker pursued education as a career. For a time she was a high school teacher in Old Bridge Township. Later, she was an affirmative action officer for the Edison Township school sys Guarini said he will allow advocates of the platform and the minority report to make a brief presentation before the delegation is polled. Assemblywoman Jacqueline Walker, D-Monmouth, vice chairman of the delegation, said she didn't think any Mondale delegates would stray from the platform position. ' "I think it will be unanimous," she said. "It's the nature of Democratic delegates to grumble. But Mondale is going to be the nominee period, finished, done. "The delegates know that. So this convention is going to be united. These other issues are going to take a back seat to unity." Guarini said he doesn't expect any defections. Without polling the delegation, though, he said he couldn't say for sure. Drinking From page Al the other Democrats who worked for the bill, including Rep. James J. Florio, D-N.J., will sign letters of thanks to the people who helped in the effort to raise the drinking age and curb teen-age drunken driving. Lautenberg said sarcastically that tem before joining the state Department of Education. When she received the Assembly nomination last year, she was the director of the department's Office for Equal Access. Politics now runs in Mrs. Walker's family. James, her husband, has served as a councilman in Matawan. Their daughter, Cin Dee, is a member of the county executive committee. As vice chairwoman of the delegation, Mrs. Walker will help map its strategy and agenda. She will also share the responsibility of running the delegation's daily breakfast meetings. "I know a number of people go to the conventions with a personal agenda," says Mrs. Walker. "But I don't want to be governor, a cabinet officer or an ambassador. I enjoy being in the Assembly, and I would be very happy just to be reelected.", She says she hopes the job will help her efficiency as a legislator. "The no first strike plank is an emotional one," he noted. "Maybe there will be some defections. The defense cut plank also could cut deep." Newark Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson, chairman of the New Jersey Jackson contingent, said he suspects the Mondale's national campaign aides will inform the state delegates what the former vice president wants, and the delegates will follow his wishes. But if no signal is sent, Gibson said some Mondale delegates could very well break ranks and vote for one or more minority planks. The mayor also crticized the delegation's handling of the Jackson contingent i "The Mondale people could be a little more liberal and diplomatic," Gibson said. Essex County Executive Peter he "wouldn't want to disappoint the president" by missing the bill signing. But he doesn't believe that the White House has exactly rolled out the welcome mat for him. "They told me that I couldn't bring my wife with me because there wasn't room. I can't imagine how they couldn't find room in the Rose Garden. It must be a pretty crowded lawn," the senator said. Lautenberg was philosophical about how Reagan would end up being hailed for signing a bill he initially opposed. "The legislation was too impor Enter the Space Age and Save! The era of maxi-living in mini space begins.. .with BUNK TRUNKS.. .A system of modular sleeping and storage units which can solve the most difficult space problems. . . Pick and choose your color scheme butcher block or white mica. . . drawers and doors in 1 6 complimentary wood grain house and garden colors. Available in desk height modulars or continental height as shown. 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"They won't report to anyone but me," Gibson asserted, "then I will report what they say to (Guarini) the leader of the delegation. He can decide who he wants to report it to." Guarini expressed surprise when he learned Gibson's remarks. "We want to be accommodating in every way," the congressman said. "At a convention there must be one set of rules for everyone. But we will try to work it out" tant to complain about the president's support," he said. But Howard said the president's change of heart is an election year example of "government by Gallup Poll." "The hypocrisy of this administration knows no shame," Florio said. The bill was prompted by concerns about teen-age drinking and driving, and by groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Supporters cite statistics that drunken driving' fatalities decrease when the drinking age goes up. The bill would encourage states to 35. Wall Township. New Jersey (201 ) 449-6700 Italian Buying Office Via S Spinto. Florence (Firenze). Italia 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat.. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Sun. 12 Noon to S p.m. MEMBER OF INTERIOR DESIGN SOCIETY Mondale From page Al Jimmy Carter, who won renomina-; I tion four years ago in a bitterly divided convention only to lose to Rea- ' gan, has his moment at the podium in tonight's program. 1H auaiuun, welcoming ayecvues . are to come from Los Angeles Mayor' ' Tom Bradley, Lt Gov. Leo McCarthy'; ' and Sen. Alan Cranston of California, , whose hopes last winter to address the ' convention as its presidential nominee -, , were bunea in tne primaries. 1 ( Even if the convention avoids the feuding that Democrats are actus-, tomed to, the Republican incumbency ' v loomed formidable. Most public opinion polls show the Republican ticket, , M win handilv if the election were : , held today. .', But Mondale said his choice of a ' 1 1 " A ' I. A ' running mate wiu give mc uc.ei a; running start He told interviewers the',! Danuklivinc lincurp hnw in ramnaicm ' against Ms. Ferraro without offending'.; women voters, are shaken. r Nonetheless, an Associated Press ' survey found that only 52 percent of '. 2,400 Democratic convention delegates"' reached by phone July 6-11 thought- that Mondale would carry their states;; . most said the state of the economy'., - would be tne decisive tactor. Attempting to hold together these unaccustomed signs oi unity, Monaaie retreated from his attemot to shake ur the party hierarchy by firing National . Chairman Charles T. Manatt , When word leaked that Mondale ... i i j: i : u . mkii nijMXrc I liiiiiiuw uic krv mnn. ' over to Bert Lance, the Georgia banker-. J ' A A. l tl ' ana Jimmv leaner lnumaie. uic lacar--. lnn4ai i s kntrA Innn 4 i " 1 T n nia . ivauvi 3, wuu uari iuiik uiouiwwu laum were offended, as were Manatt's fellow., ii-r : i ii i. . i 'j ii if i rn rjnv 'jnn n wvv ufin ut-i r niii i consulted. ill mi auuui-iou; ycaiciuay, iviuu- f if irii 1 1 r" i vi x r ix 1 1 mi irsi 1 1 1 1 f 1 1 1 v 1 1 January, with an assignment to con-J' centrate on fundraising; Lance stayed J in as Mondale's general campaign chairman. raise their drinking ages to 21 by' threatening them with a loss of federal, -highway funds if they do not Each . elate Wklatnrp would have two vears , after the signing of the bill to raise.' their drinking age to 21. If not, 5 per- ' I. cent of the state's federal highway con-. ' struction funds would be withheld in' the third year, and 10 percent of the ' funds would be withheld in the fourth " vear. "'- A similar approach was used to- persuade all the states to lower their' ' speed limits to 55 mph. Robin Goldstein -ft IV

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