Chatham residents came out to celebrate and kick off the Chatham campaign season on Saturday evening at a well-attended Republican fundraiser/comedy night that drew friends and family from the borough and township communities. Jon Bramnick, the Republican Minority Leader and highest ranking leader in the NJ State Assembly, is the assemblyman for our district, and used his talent as "NJ's Funniest Attorney" to entertain the crowd and help kick off the campaigns. Guests attended the event to support the campaigns of Bob Weber, Stacey McEvoy and Paul Kelley who are running for Borough Council mayor and council, respectively, Rez Estevez and Mark Hamilton who are running for Chatham Township Committee.
Joining Assemblyman Bramnick was Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. "Jon and Nancy have been great supporters of the Chathams over the years of and represent so well the values we support as Republicans," said Jim Lonergan, past Chatham Borough Councilman. "As the Minority Leader, Jon is known to be inclusive, works in a bi-partisan way and is always fighting for efficient and effective tax spending. He has a special focus and fights hard for patients’ rights over their insurance companies and battles daily to unwind and/or stop the ineffective policies and high property taxes that continue to drive people from our state. On the side, he uses his humor as a stand-up comic to support hundreds of charities and philanthropies across NJ."
Hosting an event that was financially supported by local residents was important to the event planning committee. "Starting with the 2016 election and continuing on through last year's local election, we have watched the PAC (outside political action committee) money pour into Chatham from the DNC to support the Democrats national platform, and affect our local Chatham election. It's tough to compete locally in that kind of political environment. But we believe strongly that this is Chatham for Chatham, and we will focus on what's best for our local community, even if it means we are out-funded by national PAC's 5 to 1," says Mary Lonergan.
Events like this where residents can kick back, socialize, get to know their local candidates and chip in to support the cause in any way they can, with either their time or a financial donation, made for a wonderful evening.
For more information and to stay involved with the Chatham Republicans check out their Republican Club of the Chathams Facebook Group or contact WeberMcEvoyKelley4Chatham@gmail.com (Borough) or MarkRez4ChathamTwp@gmail.com (Township).