Clinton’s Camden Event, Not in Camden

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has officially announced on her website that she will be attending an organizing event on Wednesday, May 11th, somewhere within South Jersey. The title of the events leads us to believe that the event will be in Camden, New Jersey, one of America’s poorest and most dangerous cities. That, though, will not be the case.

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The organizing event is scheduled to take place in the Joseph Papiano Gymnasium of Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, which is roughly 15 miles and many towns away from say, the gymnasium at Rutgers University – Camden, which is actually located within the City of Camden.

Perhaps I’m a stickler with word play. Guilty as charged? But it is very important for voters to distinguish the fact that a Presidential Candidate will not be campaigning in one of America’s poorest and most dangerous cities.

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In our fast-paced digital lifestyles, one may see a shared link of Facebook and believe that Clinton will in fact be in Camden City.


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To be fair, we can cast the same criticism towards Bernie Sanders’ recent event, which was branded as taking place in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The event, which took place in the Louis Brown/Rutgers Athletic Center, actually occurred in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. Piscataway, however, borders New Brunswick’s municipal boundaries, and the Rutgers University system often groups the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses together.

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Before more news outlets publish articles suggesting that Clinton will be in Camden, I think it is important that we see these differences. I’m sure, though, that Camden City would love to have both candidates come for a visit.


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