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In Letter, Watson Coleman Urges Senators to Oppose Garrett Nomination to ExIm Bank


Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, with support from all democratic members of the New Jersey congressional delegation, sent a letter to Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to oppose the confirmation of Former U.S. Representative Scott Garrett to lead the Export-Import Bank. The letter highlights statements made by Garrett “deems him unfit to assume the role of President and carry forth its mission to facilitate the export of U.S. goods and services and promote job creation across the United States.”

A copy of the letter is attached. Excerpts from the letter are below.


On Garrett’s public statements & congressional record..

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“Mr. Garrett’s [opposition to]... EXIM are clear, unambiguous, and far beyond the mainstream. He has referred to EXIM as “corporate welfare,” “crony capitalism,” and categorized it as “a bank that embodies the corruption of the free enterprise system.” Mr. Garrett’s opposition contributed to Congress’s inability to renew EXIM’s charter in 2015, resulting in a 5-month lapse in authorization. The full functions of the agency were finally restored following extraordinary procedural maneuvering in the U.S. House and the successful passage of a discharge petition.”


On Garrett’s opposition of ExIm at the expense of New Jerseyans..


“Since 2012, the bank has facilitated $3 billion in New Jersey exports from 164 companies; 130 of these companies were small businesses. More than a quarter of that export activity — $827 million — was from Mr. Garrett’s former congressional district. Instead of working on behalf of his constituents to support or build upon the outsized benefits that EXIM had provided to his constituents, Mr. Garrett chose to lead a stubborn opposition to the agency's record of job creation.”


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Pre-Ticket Sale for Holy Savior Academy’s 4th Annual Spring Splendor Tricky Tray

Holy Savior Academy is hosting its Spring Splendor Tricky Tray Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the school.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are limited and will be sold at Holy Savior Academy, 149 South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (cash or checks)

BYOB and food- Admission $ 25 per ...

Police: Piscataway Teen Charged for Posting Threat on Social Media

March 16, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A 15-year-old Piscataway student is facing charges after investigators determined a social media post about a possible shooting at Piscataway High School was a credible threat, police officials said on Thursday. 

Piscataway police and school resource officers immediately began their investigation once they learned of the post on March 13, said police. They said ...

Murphy’s Puerto Rico Relief Commission Looks to Connect Families to Resources

March 20, 2018

PERTH AMBOY - Stephanie Márquez-Villafañe, president of the student-based Puerto Rican action group Rutgers Unión Estudiantil Puertorriqueña, offers a sobering assessment of New Jersey’s Puerto Rican student community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in recorded history.

"University students have ...

ECSNJ Partnership with Rutgers Behavioral Health Helps Students Manage Life’s Challenges

March 20, 2018

A collaboration with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is providing more behavioral and emotional support for students attending two Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) schools.

Appearing on ESCNJ’s Better Together podcast, Assistant Superintendent Gary Molenaar said Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care “is a recognized leader” in addressing ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...