MILLBURN, NJ - Thursday afternoon, NJ-7 Congressional Representative Tom Malinowski stopped by the Millburn Library for a town hall session with his constituents. Malinowski was in the area as a result of the congressional recess, which allowed him to schedule the town hall.
NJ-7, which is Malinowski's Congressional District is made up of Millburn, all of Hunterdon County, 11 towns in Morris County, 17 towns in Somerset County, 13 towns in Union County and seven towns in Warren County.
During the course of the meeting, Malinowski spoke about what he was looking to accomplish upon returning to Washington DC. The second half of the meeting involved Malinowski taking questions from constituents in attendance.
Among the topics asked of and addressed by Malinowski, constituents wanted to know about the State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions, the Gateway Tunnel project, recent moves to fund construction of the proposed border wall, separation of asylum-seekers from their children, the national debt and vaping.
One of the constituents in attendance was Stephanie Gould. The wife of the late Summit Councilman Matthew Gould, Stephanie used her time with the floor to speak to the financial difficulties she faced up to and after her husband's sudden passing, with bills from his treatment piling up.
Speaking about her testimony as he exited the building, Malinowski said that it was first-hand accounts like that which he relies on in congress to advocate for the residents in his district.
"[It's] incredibly powerful," Malinowski said. "Especially the story that we heard at the end about the situation she was going through with healthcare.
"It was absolutely one of the most profound and moving stories that I've heard that illustrates why we need to continue to improve our healthcare system in this country and provide universal, affordable and simpler coverage."
At the conclusion of the meeting, Malinowski was approached by a political tracker, who attempted to goad him into a response on camera. While several attendees expressed their displeasure with the tracker's presence, quick action from the Millburn Police Department allowed the situation to diffuse without a major incident.