CALDWELL, NJ — At the invitation of Caldwell Mayor John Kelley, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill attended a public forum at the Caldwell Public Library on Monday, where more than 150 residents and students of all ages as well as local officials took the opportunity to ask questions of the newly elected congresswoman.
Questions posed by the audience covered multiple topics, including the utilization of the current voting machines in New Jersey, national cyber security, improving the space exploration program and supporting NASA, restoring the SALT deductions to federal taxes, ICE concerns, the Williams Transco Gateway Expansion Project in Roseland and budgetary issues amongst other subjects.
“Caldwell is so proud of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and we are thrilled to have her conduct a ‘Monday with Mikie’ meeting in our town,” said Kelley. “The fact that she would consider Caldwell for holding a discussion with District 11 constituents is an honor which we welcome. We like to think we have a special relationship with Mikie, and yet we know that her strengths as a leader and representative for New Jersey is in how she makes all the residents in her district have that connection.”
Kelley further noted that Sherrill “communicated a great deal of information about what is going on in D.C.” and also shared many of her personal experiences over the last few months as an elected congresswoman. After seeing the packed house at the Caldwell Public Library on Monday, Kelley offered to provide a larger forum for the next "Monday with Mikie" meeting in Caldwell.
“We are so grateful that Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill responded to our invitation to hold a constituent event here in Caldwell,” said Caldwell Councilman Jonathan Lace. “Our residents know that they can reach out to her and her staff with their concerns and that they will be heard. She’s fighting hard to ensure that residents in the 11th district can have their state and local tax deduction restored as well as advocating for our values and expectations on other important issues that affect all of us.”
As the council liaison to Caldwell’s Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, Lace also acknowledged Sherrill’s recent attendance at the borough’s celebration of President Grover Cleveland’s 182nd birthday.
Councilwoman Christine Schmidt, who said it was “a very exciting day for Caldwell” to be able to host the congresswoman, cited accessibility as “the main theme for Mikie's visit to Caldwell.”
“I think the event was a great success,” said Schmidt. “So many people from all walks of life came to hear her speak. It was a small venue, but the event gave attendees the ability to meet with our congresswoman up close. This is something that has been lacking in the 11th District for years.
“I was especially excited to meet with some of the high school and college students who came to the event and who are interested in civic engagement. Congresswoman Sherrill's service to our country is an inspiration to us all, especially young people who are deciding on their futures.”
The borough thanked the library staff for hosting this event as well as the Caldwell Police Department for coordinating a safe event that was open to everyone.