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Sherrill to hold first Town Hall

Freshman Democrat does what Frelinghuysen would not: a public meeting with constituents

By David Wildstein, January 07 2019 1:42 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), whose road to the U.S. House of Representatives began after Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen refused to hold a town hall meeting after Donald Trump was elected president, will hold her first town hall on January 22 in Hanover.

Frelinghuysen’s rejection of an open meeting with his constituents led to the creation of NJ 11th for Change, a powerful grass roots organization that became committed to electing a new Member of Congress in the 2018 mid-term election.  Until that happened, Frelinghuysen was viewed as having a relatively safe seat.

Sherrill harnessed grass roots anger at Frelinghuysen’s failure to hold a town hall into raising more than $1 million to defeat him.  Weeks after Sherrill released her 2017 fundraising haul, Frelinghuysen announced that he would not seek re-election to a 13th term in Congress.

“I can think of no better way to kick off the first district work week of the new Congress, than with a town hall meeting,” said Sherrill, who took office last Thursday.  “The town hall is a wonderful opportunity to share my legislative priorities, update everyone on what I’ve seen and heard in Washington, and then take the community’s concerns back with me to Congress.”

The town hall will be held at the Hanover Township Community Center from 7-9 PM.  The building holds 400 people and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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