Known as the ‘Feisty Grandma’, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg flipped New Jersey on its head when she unearthed the Bridgegate scandal, causing the fast and hard fall of Governor Chris Christie.

The film is told through the lens of a mother/daughter story and reveals how the political is always personal and how an “adorable” grandmother could be one of the most important politicians of our time.

Most people know the story of Bridgegate, but few people know it was my mother who fought relentlessly, and eventually unmasked the scandal.

The Christie administration did whatever they could to bully, dissuade and minimize the impact of traffic that turned the town of Fort Lee into a parking lot. During this time, Christie cronies closed the lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge (the busiest bridge in the world) for five long days.

Told through interviews, personal narration, verite and local news footage, viewers will see how one person CAN make a difference.

My mother co-chaired an Investigative Select Committee that learned the scandal was so much worse than just the lanes closures. The Office of Legislative Affairs, Christie's tax-payer funded political machine, showered local Democrats with swag from the collapsed World Trade Center.

They wanted the Dems to endorse the Republican Governor for re-election and they planned to punish those who refused. Demonstrating bipartisan support was crucial to bolster Christie’s future campaign for president. Loyal Christie lieutenants, Matt Mowers and Bill Stepien (both went on to high-level positions in the Trump administration) came up with a list of “top” Dems to woo by giving them twisted metal and American flags that hung from the WTC disaster site.

With the lane closures, they sent a clear message to the Democratic Mayor of Ft. Lee, Mark Sokolich, don’t endorse the Governor and you will be punished. Chris Christie was a pre-curser to Donald Trump and he got away with abusing his political power.

The film delves into some of the many battles that drove my mother and empowered her to take on the guy - Chris Christie - that no one else could touch. She outsmarted and out snarked him at every turn.

Politics Is A Mother, raising hell is part of the job, will reveal some long hidden secrets and show how past hurts can be turned into rocket fuel, to blaze the path forward.

This is a film that will have special appeal to women and their mothers and daughters. The core of this story is the connection that Francine and Loretta have. That deep connection will touch the hearts of audiences. Watching Loretta, will offer the much needed antidote of someone who can take on the bad guys and (like a true Jersey girl) knock ‘em to their knees.

The documentary will engage audiences across genders and political spectrums. American's are dealing with an upside-down world and are desperate to see an authentic politician whose only goal is to be a “voice for the voiceless”.

As Senator Cory Booker says in his interview:

“At the core is love, for Senator Weinberg to persist and succeed in politics never altering that fundamental passion and caring and empathy and concern for others, you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. She never stopped being driven by that core value.”

  • Francine Weinberg Graff
    Writer/Producer/Director E!
  • Francine Weinberg Graff
    Writer/Producer/Director HGTV
  • Francine Weinberg Graff
    Writer/Producer/Director History Channel
  • Loretta Weinberg
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    1 hour 10 minutes 51 seconds
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    December 1, 2023
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    250,000 USD
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Director Biography - Francine Weinberg Graff

Deeply passionate about story, Francine has created content for, The Center For American Women in Politics as well as a ground breaking on-line course for women experiencing infertility.

In the unscripted world of television, Francine has written/produced and directed shows for E!, HGTV, Discovery, Food Network and The History Channel.

Her interview subjects have included a diverse cast of characters ranging from ’80s Mistress of the Dark, Elvira to SpaceX/Tesla founder Elon Musk.

She’s been published in Shonda Rhimes Shondaland, Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and The King Center’s inaugural Social Justice in America magazine.

Politics Is A Mother is her first independent documentary.

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Director Statement

Energized by the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960’s, and steeped in a Tammany Hall upbringing, a stay-at-home mom turns her attention outwards and a passionate political savant is born.

Other mothers took their kids to the park after school, mine brought me to stuff envelopes with campaign literature in dusty, old Democratic headquarters. Along with other housewives, she brainstormed new campaign strategies for some underdog candidate.

After years of supporting politicians who disappointed her, my mom decided to run for office, dragging our family along with her. Over the course of her career, I watched as she battled political bosses and corrupt bullies. She eventually became the State Senate Majority Leader, also known as New Jersey’s “Feisty Jewish Grandma”.

Told through a daughter’s perspective, Politics is a Mother, Raising Hell is Part of the Job, shows the personal journey of Loretta Weinberg from stay-at-home mom through her crucial part in exposing the bullying tactics of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. This effectively ended his 2016 presidential aspirations.

With a focus on the issues of inequality that impacted her personally, we watch her battle for marriage equality, women’s healthcare and access to abortion. During these battles, my Senator mom makes her own startling reveal.

Faith in government is at an all time low. This inspiring film demonstrates how one selfless warrior can lead the way in restoring power to the people by standing up to those who want to use it for their own gain.

I have always felt compelled by my mother’s story and know that now is the time to remind Americans that politics is personal and they can elect leaders who'll use the levers of power for the good of all.