DENVILLE, NJ-- On Thursday March 9, Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen visited with some of the eighth grade social studies classes, introducing them to his role in their congressional district. Frelinghuysen, an eleven-time elected member of the House of Representatives spoke openly and honestly with the students, who had impressive questions for him.
Valleyview’s eighth graders have been actively involved in keeping up with current events, specifically the primary election, and the issues being debated on the national stage. Questions presented to the Congressmen included, but were not limited to the following:
Did fighting in the Vietnam War change your point of view on political issues and does that experience impact your decision making when it comes to supporting U.S. policy in the Middle East?
As a member of the House Appropriations Committees on Defense Spending and Homeland Security, how have you managed to increase military spending, while still maintaining the nickname of “New Jersey’s Go-To Guy” for your reputation of fighting against tax increases?
What are your concerns and positions regarding the transferring of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay?
Do you support Common Core for the state of New Jersey?
How have you, as a Congressmen in the most densely populated and diverse states in the country, managed to fight to protect our borders and our security in the fight against terrorism?
Who do you support in the the upcoming presidential election?
What is your position on the Affordable Care Act, specifically the clause regarding pre-existing conditions?
Given your experience, would you ever consider running for a higher office?
When students debriefed in class the following day, the general feeling was that they were grateful for the opportunity to meet the man who has been representing their congressional district for the past 22 years, and relished in the chance to hear some of his stories, specifically regarding his personal relationship with current Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, who he joked about being the new college campus “rock star”.
When he was asked if he would want to run for higher office he responded in a way that one student referred to as “humble”, stating that he enjoys his job, does not want to be on the news daily, and would prefer to go to schools, pancake breakfasts, Denville Dairy, and Smart World and meet his constituents, knowing that he is able to get to know them and their political concerns, and represent them in Washington.