SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen honored the Somerset County Democratic Committee Black Caucus during his 6th annual Holiday Party at the Somerset Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 1 station Friday night. The event was held in conjunction with the Franklin Democratic Organization and the Franklin JFK Club. 

Attendees were encouraged to bring donations to benefit the RWJ Barnabas Children's Specialized Hospital. During the party, Danielsen spoke about how the SCDCBC helped the democrats secure historic wins during November's elections.

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"I don't care if I am standing in front of you, behind or to the side, as long as I am standing with the Black Caucus of the Democratic Party of Somerset County," Danielsen said. "I will do anything to continue earning your trust."

Danielsen discussing his vision for 2020:

Elected officials and political operatives spoke about this year's highlights and future goals of the Democratic party. Franklin Democratic Committee Chairman, Ron Jordan recognized the young members of the party who helped candidates in the last election. 

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"Let's face it a lot of the stuff we are fighting for today, is going to affect us, is going to affect them more," Jordan said. "So seeing them be involved in the process at an early age, makes me feel confident about where our young people are, and where the next generation is."

SCDCBC Chair, Tina Jalloh stressed the importance of the upcoming census, and where to focus on getting the word out about participating in the census. 

"Franklin Township is undercounted in the census," Jalloh said. "The Census brings money into our township and the county. We need to let everybody know how important it is to sign up for the census."

Jalloh said communities that don't have accurate population numbers could lose, political representation, money for housing and schools. Jalloh says North Plainfield, Somerville, Bound Brook, and Franklin are the towns undercounted in Somerset County. 

Middlesex County Sheriff, Mildred Scott and Franklin Mayor, Phil Kramer both spoke about the importance of having minority representation in the courts and on the police force. 

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