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Local Group Gathers Outside Clinton Book Signing Citing Rep. Frelinghuysen's Voting Record

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Volunteers from the 11th for Change organization were outside of the Hillary Clinton book signing event held at Watchung Booksellers on Tuesday. They took the opportunity to voice political views about Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ. 

The grassroots non-partisan coalition, 11th for Change, considers itself an advocate for all citizens of New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, whose mission is to educate people who may not know that Frelinghuysen is their Congressional Representative or be aware of his voting record.

The organization regularly organizes groups of people to visit Frelinghuysen's office to express their general concerns as well as their views on his voting record. 

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Outside of the Clinton signing event, 11th for Change volunteers took the opportunity to pass out literature that laid out Frelinghuysen's voting record in detail.

Many of those passing through stopped at the table and remarked that his voting record aligned with the Trump Administration, including the vote in the House for the American Healthcare Act in June.

Back in 2013, following the 2012 election, Upper Montclair became part of the 11th Congressional District and many who went to the polls during that time did not know until they got there that Representative Pascrell was no longer their Representative.

Based on Montclair’s voting record, residents have expressed that Frelinghuysen’s values are likely not those of a solid blue district.

Volunteer Lori Heninger said, “Rodney Frelinghuysen is not the moderate he claims to be. He is not representative of his constituency.”

As she passed out bumper stickers, pins and flyers, Heninger said 11th for Change is a group of concerned citizens. She told Tapinto Montclair that she herself had experienced gerrymandering.  

“My little bit of West Orange was gerrymandered into the 11th District. We are down near the valley.”

One of the people who stopped at the 11th for Change table was William Toner. He had been a volunteer in the Clinton campaign and was exiting Watchung Booksellers after having his book signed by Clinton.

Toner said, “We need to get Frelinghuysen out.”

Toner’s personal concern was health care. “I am worried if it passes the senate, what will happen... I will lose my healthcare.”

The next general meeting of 11th for Change will take place on October 5 from 7-9pm at the Boonton Elks Lodge 1405 located at 125 Cornelia St in Boonton, NJ.

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