Elections

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly Attend Grand Opening of Clinton Campaign Headquarters in Clark

e0c8bb792d4a228e7192_1dcd8c27e63edb7a5922_gifford_stop2.jpg
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke in Clark on Wednesday at the opening of the Clinton for President campaign headquarters. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
933b8e229ec899cca2fa_gifford_stop3.jpg
Astronaut Mark Kelly speaks to the crowd at the grand opening of Hillary Clinton for President  Union County campaign headquarters on Wednesday, May 25. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
009722c9f8b8f3ca1114_gifford_media.jpg
Members of the public and media gathered to hear Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly speak during the grand opening of Hillary Clinton for President's Union County campaign office in Clark. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
077a0681915401c0509e_gifford_stop_holley.jpg
Assemblyman Jamel Holley listens carefully to remarks by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
c4c03a1fc3615aad000c_gifford_stop_green.jpg
Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22), left, and Berkeley Heights resident George Devaney share a few words before Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly arrive. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
8aab69260a978ff7e72e_gifford_stop_scutari.jpg
State Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) introduced former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, far right, at the opening of the Clinton for President campaign headquarters in Clark. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
ebb462a4bcd558feffdc_1619cb1a6e4c245269bb_gifford_stop1.jpg
Gabby Giffords met Mountainside resident Anjali Mehrotra at the grand opening of the Hillary Clinton for President Union County campaign headquarters in Clark on Wednesday, May 25. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
ee145d8b4ad79b20d05f_gifford_stop_trio.jpg
Janice Siegel, Chair of the Westfield Democratic Committee, Stephen Yellin, candidate for Berkeley Heights Council, and Terri Tauber, former Chair of the Summit Democratic Committee. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
c995a8670bf46b7614af_638cbb79f0430f4bdbff_gifford_stop_fanwood.jpg
Fanwood councilmen Kevin Boris, left, and Russell Huegel met resident Linda Bromley on Wednesday at the grand opening of the Clinton for President campaign headquarters in Clark. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
e0c8bb792d4a228e7192_1dcd8c27e63edb7a5922_gifford_stop2.jpg

CLARK, NJ -- Union County Democrats gathered in force on Wednesday, May 25, for the official grand opening of the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign's Union County headquarters. 

Heading the bill of political luminaries and workers were former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who arrived about 2:30 p.m. 

Waiting for them were interested residents, candidates for local offices, chairpersons of local Democratic committees, former county, local and state officials and current freeholders, state assembly and senate members.

Sign Up for E-News

State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) spoke directly to Giffords on her signature topic, gun safety. "Gabby, over seventy percent of the crimes committed with guns in New Jersey come from out of state." Those guns are purchased "without background checks" at gun shows and "the only way to stop that is to make sure Hillary is elected," he said.

It's particularly important because in New Jersey, "Every single one of the universities and colleges have gun-free zones" which Trump has said he wants to eliminate, he said. According to Lesniak, Trump has also said he would permit "concealed guns on campus."

Kelly called it "critical to make sure she (Clinton) is our next President of the United States." He cited statistics related to gun violence to make his point, "About 33,000 people die from gun violence" each year. That's a rate "we do not see in the rest of the world."  The elected officials are "stuck in the grip of the gun lobby."  Those officials are "terrorized, terrified by the gun lobby," he said, so much so that when then-president George W. Bush suggested prohibiting people on the "No Fly List" from buying guns, the idea went nowhere.

Electing Clinton is necessary because "until we have strong federal legislation" it will be impossible to make communities safer from gun violence, Kelly added.

Kelly then introduced his wife, whom he said is not only able to get things done by being nice, she "also has the ability to work across the aisle for the people she represents" and isn't one of those who "park" themselves on the left or the right

Giffords, who was the victim of gun violence in 2011, greeted the crowd with a cheery "Hello, New Jersey."  Her message was short, but on point. "Hillary is tough. Hillary is courageous. She will work to make our families safer. In the White House, she will stand up to the gun lobby ... Come January, I want to say these two words, 'Madam President.'"

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

HOLD: Fellowship Helping Hands Receives Home Care Award

February 17, 2018

Fellowship Helping Hands, the home care agency operated by Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge,  has received the 2018 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, announced Liz Fandel, vice president of Home Community Based Services at Fellowship Senior Living.

Fellowship Helping Hands is a New Jersey licensed home care service for older and ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Bring A Buddy Week March 4-8

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ—New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites young musicians in grades 3-11 to attend open rehearsals for Bring A Buddy Week, March 4-8 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Participating students will observe the first half of a rehearsal. Students can visit any ensemble based on their grade and experience level. Students who do not have a friend in an ensemble can still ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

Register Now to Save! Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Early Bird Registration until February 28

With summer just around the corner, it will be hard not to look out the window and dream of warmer days and cool, crystal clear pools that are ready for swimming and splashing. With the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA early bird registration currently open, signing up sooner will save money and give you something to look forward to once the summer sun hits! Since 1964, the Berkeley ...

Colleen Mahr Is The Leader Our Party Needs

February 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

My name is Patti Murgo. I am Committeewoman in Linden’s Eighth Ward. I am a life-long  DEMOCRAT, a party activist, and a believer in what being a democrat stands for. Last week, I received a piece of literature from our municipal chairman, Nick Scutari, regarding his “plans” for the County Democratic Party if he is elected county chairman.

Mr.

No One Is More Qualified and Capable to be Our Next Democratic Committee Chair Than Colleen Mahr

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a pillar of consistency in Union County for the last 20 years, having devoted her life to public service. There is no one more qualified and capable to lead us as our next Union County Democratic Committee Chair.

Colleen has mentored, coached and supported countless candidates running for office in Union County, all across our 21 ...

Mayor Colleen Mahr Is a Strong and Capable Leader

Dear Editor:

In  all the years I’ve known Mayor Colleen Mahr, I’ve found her to be a strong and capable leader, completely dedicated to the needs and success of every municipality in Union County.

 As  Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee for the past five years, she's earned the right to take her seat at the head of the ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 17

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sat, February 17, 3:00 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Memorial Concert for Hank Rosenthal

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Sun, February 18

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Carousel_image_ab8f5d9efb4317e5a445_hiawatha

Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Middle School , Summit

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Free ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 18, 7:00 PM

Villagers Theatre, Somerset

Hairspray Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...