NJ Politics Digest: State’s Top Female Lawmaker Tells Her #MeToo Story

"I posted this today so people would better understand how girls and women have been treated for generations."

Sen. Loretta Weinberg.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg. Alyana Alfaro for Observer

The day after Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, New Jersey’s top female lawmaker went on Facebook and shared her own story of being sexually assaulted as a child.

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“I am 83 years old and I still remember the EXACT moment and EXACTLY where I was at age 13 when I was first horribly groped and forcibly kissed by a middle aged man who had been [a] welcome visitor in my home,” state Senator Loretta Weinberg wrote in a post that quickly attracted statewide attention. Weinberg’s post comes as Congressional Republicans try to tread a fine line with Ford’s testimony, saying they believe she was sexually assaulted as a teen, but that she’s mistaken when alleging Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the one responsible for the assault.

In a follow-up post, Weinberg made it clear how she felt.

“I posted this today so people would better understand how girls and women have been treated for generations. And how most of us have reacted over some of those generations. Each of these experiences are seared in our brains, in our emotions, and on our bodies. And no we are not confused. We know who our assaulters are and we know exactly where we were when they happened,” she wrote.

In her initial post, Weinberg named her attacker and said she had never told anyone about the incident.

Weinberg’s post prompted other women to post about their own experiences and her daughter, Francine Weinberg-Graff, to post: ” I never knew. My world is spinning a bit right now.”

Weinberg’s posting also came a day after the state legislature adopted new regulations that requires sexual harassment training for legislators and their staffs and to make it easier to file complaints.

Quote of the Day: “The public has not stepped up the way they need to. They need to get angry as hell. I’m serious.” — Senate President Steve Sweeney, on his efforts to reform New Jersey’s public worker benefits and spending.

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