SPARTA, NJ – The ballroom of the Lake Mohawk Country Club was filled to capacity on Tuesday night, with members of The 200 Club of Sussex County, who were there to enjoy the club’s annual meeting and dinner, as well as the evening’s keynote speaker, Fox News Senior Analyst, and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge, Andrew Napolitano.
The 200 Club of Sussex County’s Secretary Tony Torre, told The Alternative Press, Napolitano is part of the tradition of well-known speakers, who have accepted to speak at the event. Other speakers have included Governor Chris Christie (when he was United States Attorney), Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, radio host and Fox Business Network News Anchor Lou Dobbs, and Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State of New Jersey Kim Guadagno.
“We’ve been blessed to have all these great speakers for a good cause,” said Torre.
The 200 Club of Sussex County is an independent chapter of The 200 Club (Two Hundred Club), which started after the death of a young Detroit Police Officer, who was killed in the line of duty, and an area businessman reached out to 100 of those in his business network, asking each to chip in $200 for the deceased officer’s family. Since the death of that officer in 1952, and the assistance The One Hundred Club of Detroit gave to the officer’s family (including $7,000 raised for the widow, complete payment of the family’s mortgage, and an education account set up for their unborn child), clubs have sprung up in communities nationwide, helping out families of police, firefighters, first aid squads, and state police departments.
Officers for The 200 Club of Sussex County include: Chairman of the Board and President, Allen Langjahr, Secretary Tony Torre, and Treasurer Christopher Lynch. Members of the Board of Trustees are: Pat Aramini, Eskil "Skip" Danielson, John Drake, Dr. Terrence Duddy, Michael Gaus, Kevin Jones, Allen Langjahr, Christopher Lynch, Robert McCracken, Robert McBriar, George Morville, Thomas N. Ryan, Bruce Tomlinson, Tony Torre. Glen Vetrano, Megan Ward, and Glen Wershing.
The 200 Club of Sussex County specifically aids family members of those public safety officials, who have served or resided in Sussex County. The organization provides financial assistance to widow(ers), as well as scholarship aid to those who have served in the mentioned branches of public safety within the county.
“Our only method of raising funds is through membership,” Torre added.
The organization prides itself on providing $5,000 checks to families of fallen emergency service personnel 48 hours after a tragedy, with a “no questions asked” philosophy.
Proceeds from the dinner were earmarked for scholarships.
Sponsors included: Newton Medical Center, Nisivoccia, LLP, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP, ShopRite, Smith McCracken Funeral Home, Sussex Bank,
Langjahr Forsyth & Low Attorneys at Law, Kelly & Ward Attorneys at Law, Franklin Mutual Insurance, Hudson Farm, and Knights of Columbus.
Napolitano shared his anecdotes, peppered with humor, from his days on the bench, as well as his time on Fox News, where he is known for reporting on the “government, U.S. Constitution, rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and human freedom,” according to a press release from The 200 Club of Sussex County.
Napolitano graduated from Princeton University, and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He taught constitutional law, and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School and Seton Hall University. He was the youngest life-tenured Superior Court Judge in the state, and sat on the bench including in Sussex County. Napolitano lives in both Sussex County, and Manhattan. Among Napolitano’s most recent accolades include his latest book, “Theodore and Woodrow.”
“Judge Napolitano is truly a son of Sussex County,” said Langjahr, as he introduced Napolitano.
Napolitano told stories about the Florida election recount, fellow Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly, Freedom of Speech, the Natural-law argument.
He talked about the importance of the first responders, and who help to uphold the rights of citizens, and, in some cases, lose their lives in the process.
“I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful organization,” Napolitano said. “To remember those who died, and gave us our freedom, and remember those they left behind.”
“It’s a very worthwhile cause,” Napolitano told The Alternative Press about The 200 Club of Sussex County.
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