Today is Wednesday. We’ll see how the two governors move forward as the coronavirus crisis continues and the pandemic fatigues. We’ll also take a brief look at the shirt’s story.
The New Jersey governor’s race has become one of the first statewide contests to focus on how voters are reacting to the strict coronavirus mandate. In New York, where Governor Kathy Hochul expanded the vaccine mandate by 50 days since being sworn in, a poll released Tuesday found she likely leads the Democratic field.
After such an inauguration, you might expect it to be a story of two governors, both Democrats. But that’s really the story of this November, when New Jersey goes to the polls, and next June, when New York holds its Democratic primary.
First, New Jersey. The contest there is clearly defined: Governor Philip Murphy is facing Jack Ciatarelli, a Republican known for his liberal views when he was a member of the state legislature. But Ciattarelli has rightly taken on issues bolstering Donald Trump’s conservative base, such as Murphy’s order requiring face coverings in day care centers for children 2 and older.
Hochul’s opponents in New York are fictional for now. He is the only Democrat to have announced his candidacy. Neither of the two other officials in the matchup to a poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion — Letitia James, state attorney general, nor New York City public advocate Jumane Williams — have done so.
Some political strategists I spoke with on Tuesday said the New Jersey race could indicate whether Republicans are as active as Democrats a year ago; My colleague Tracy Tully writes that voting is seen as an essential element in Ciattarelli’s calculations for next month.
In New York, where elections are 13 months away, Hochul launched a statewide campaign campaign when Andrew Cuomo resigned in August and became governor. Cuomo repeatedly attacked the investigation that eventually led to his departure – an investigation led by James’ office – was politically motivated.
My colleague Luis Ferre-Sadurny writes that, judging by the Marist poll, Hochul’s efforts are paying off. In a hypothetical three-way primary, 44 percent of New York Democrats said they would vote for Hochul, 28 percent for James and 15 for Williams. Another 13 percent said they were undecided.
What if Cuomo had to run again? Voters again preferred Hochul in a four-way race that included Cuomo, who stepped down with $18 million in campaign contributions. The poll found that 36 percent voted for Hochul, 24 percent for James, 19 percent for Cuomo and 9 percent for Williams. The remaining 12 percent said they were unsure.
Hochul has made the fallout of the pandemic a top priority, implementing vaccine mandates and expediting coronavirus relief funds for rental tenants and undocumented immigrants. Murphy, in New Jersey, was one of the last governors in the country to drop a statewide indoor mask mandate.
That was in early summer. Two months later, when cases were rising again due to the highly contagious Delta virus outbreak, he “strongly recommended” that people wear masks again indoors.
But he added that those who work in schools, day care centers and health facilities could either be vaccinated or undergo routine testing, an opt-out that New Jersey’s influential teachers’ union, a longtime student, said. Se counts for Murphy’s ally. In contrast, there is no opt-out for teachers or health care workers in New York City.
Polls have given Murphy some of his highest marks for the way he has handled the pandemic. He has said that he considered this to be one of the defining issues separating him from Ciatarelli, who attacked Murphy’s mask rule for children in day care. “It is unconstitutional, un-American and has no scientific backing,” said a recent fundraising email from Ciattarelli and his running mate Diane Allen.
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The shirt that Nelson Mandela wore
Recognized as a global hero, Nelson Mandela was also recognizable. His colorful, somewhat casual-looking shirt set him apart from the “traditional male ruling-class form” of fashion historian Valerie Steele.
Ten of Mandela’s shirts will be on display at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he is director and chief curator from today. According to Arlan Ettinger, president of the Manhattan auction house Guernsey, the shirt was sent from South Africa by Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe Mandela and a granddaughter, Tukwini.
He said the exhibition was the prelude to an auction in December to raise funds for a memorial garden in Mandela’s hometown of Qunu, where Mandela was buried in 2013.
Perhaps the most formal shirt at the exhibition was the one that Mandela wore to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Mandela wore it as he wore all shirts, unbuttoned and with dress slacks. Back home in South Africa, shirts stood out in contrast to the black suits of government officials.
Some South African historians have noted that the shirts are not traditionally African. Mandela is said to have discovered him after seeing Indonesian dictator Suharto in the mid-1990s. Steele said Suharto’s predecessor, Sukarno, preferred the look in the 1950s.
Mandela liked it, Yusuf Surti, who owned a chain of men’s stores in South Africa, recalled in 1997, “and he wanted one in his image.” Soon fans were sending Mandela shirts, so much so that he was rarely seen wearing the same one twice. Steele said that they “became a symbol of post-apartheid independence, not only their independence but the nation’s independence.”
“The fact that Mandela really liked these shirts, I think, is indicative of his rejection of Western conventions of power and his bond with all those in Africa and Asia who fought against colonialism and political influence, ” He said.
But a three-piece pinstriped suit is on display.
“They decided that sometimes you wear a suit,” Steele said.
Cue To Brooklyn it can be more crowded at midnight than in the afternoon: Stroller moms; older women with shopping carts; Girlfriends sharing earphones and mouthing lyrics. All this makes for a relaxing sight in that late hour.
On this particular night, the car I was in was empty, except for three men who sat equally in front of me.
As the train drove across the Manhattan Bridge, I closed my eyes against the fluorescent light, my thoughts falling into the deep waters of the East River below.
I heard what I thought was a woman singing softly. Startled, I looked at three men in front of me: an old man who was closely studying a small book; A young goon leaned forward and was swiping his phone; And a big construction worker craning his helmet while sleeping, his mouth slightly open.
I must have fallen asleep too, I thought to myself.
The train went back underground, and I let my eyelids drop. I heard beautiful voices again this time, more confidently, and some notes that sounded like opera. I tried to figure out where it was coming from, but the melody stalled.
Just the same three men, in the same position.
I got off the train on Seventh Avenue and so did the construction worker. As I walked up the stairs, he broke behind me throughout the song. We went in different directions, but I could hear his flying falsetto as it bounced off buildings and filled the night sky.
When I closed the door to my apartment two blocks away, I could still hear it faintly.
— Michelle Fawcett
Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read more Metropolitan Diary here.
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Melissa Guerrero, Andrew Hinderker, Rick Martinez and Olivia Parker contributed to New York TODAY. you can reach the team firstname.lastname@example.org.
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