Saturday, May 4, 2013
Saturday, May 4
The following letter to the editor was written by Livingston resident Mark Dunec. A few weeks ago, I wrote to express frustration with Congress’s failure to enact common sense gun control measures to prevent the senseless violence that plagues our nation. I particularly singled out Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for once again failing to represent this District. Since that time, the Senate failed to pass a simple background check law and instead moved on to other business. Like other tragedies before it, Sandy Hook will pass from our collective memories and our government will have failed to act. To be clear, there are different positions on where we strike the right balance between individual liberty and our collective safety. But …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Mark Dunec, of Livingston, writes this letter to the editor about gay marriage and his Congressman's position on it.
Friday, March 29
The following letter to the editor was written by Mark Dunec, of Livingston. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) represents municipalities in Essex, Morris, Passic and Sussex counties. A short time ago, I wrote to express my frustration with Washington’s failure to provide responsible leadership during difficult times. Specifically, I have taken note of one of my Congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11), who has a particularly unimpressive 20-year record of sitting on the sidelines on important issues. From debt reduction and gun control to healthcare and immigration reform, Frelinghuysen has failed to lead while a divided Congress argues off of talking points. This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the question of gay marriage and…
Friday, March 8, 2013
See what bills your state and federal representatives are sponsoring and putting forward.
Friday, March 8
Here is a rundown of what Montclair’s state and federal legislative representatives have been up to in the previous weeks. State Senate challenger Mark Alexander Opens Campaign Office in Montclair Mark Alexander, who is challenging Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) for the Democratic nomination in this year’s 34-District senate race, recently opened a new campaign headquarters in Montclair. Alexander's headquarters are located at 24 S. Fullerton Ave. Early Voting Bill Co-Sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and Others Advances Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and other Democratic legislators’ bill to allow early voting in New Jersey in primary and general elections was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel. The bill (A-3553) …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11) addressed students in Livingston on Wednesday.
Ten-term Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11) addressed students at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston on Wednesday, reiterating his support for Israel and defending Congressional spending. Frelinghuysen serves the newly-redistricted eleventh district, which includes 54 municipalities including communities in Morris, Sussex, Passaic, and Essex counties — including Montclair. Frelinghuysen told students that he spends weeks in Washington D.C., and weekends in New Jersey, traveling throughout his district. One of his goals, said Frelinghuysen, is "to put a human face on Congress." He noted that many citizens speak of Congress as a body, without knowing their representatives and how their interests are served. Students …
Monday, February 11, 2013
High school students competed against hundreds of students from across the county and Canada last week at the University of Pennsylvania's Model Congress Conference.
Monday, February 11
A delegation of Montclair High School students took home 25 awards recently at the University of Pennsylvania's Model Congress Conference. Montclair students competed against various other schools – both public and private – and hundreds of students from across the nation and Canada between Feb. 7 and 10 at the university in Philadelphia, Pa. Students were assigned to committees that modeled the United States Congress, where they researched and proposed bills for passage. Bills would then be presented to the larger congress where they were argued and debated and voted on. While the representatives from Montclair did not win the coveted best delegation award – an honor they had won the previous three years – the students did take home …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Donald Payne Jr. secures seat previously held by his late father
The Payne family name lives on in New Jersey's 10th Congressional District, with Donald Payne Jr. easily winning Tuesday the seat previously held by his late father. Although many votes may not be counted for days as election officials in three counties sort through various provisional and mail-in ballots, Payne had already racked up a nearly 10-1 margin of victory over his Republican challenger with most districts reporting around 10:30 pm Tuesday. The election was no contest for Payne, a Democrat who won June's primaries just as handily. Payne collected 157,821 votes, compared to Brian Keleman's 18,547. Keleman ran uncontested in the primaries. "It's a bittersweet way to ascend to this seat," said Payne Tuesday from his campaign …