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Newcomer to politics, Quinn seeks election to ensure children's future


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Robert A. Quinn, a newcomer to Somerset County politics, announced today that he is seeking the Republican nomination for New Jersey Assembly in the 17th Legislative District next November, 2017.

Quinn said of his decision to run, "Like many people who are new to politics, it is the future that my children face that motivates me to run for office."    

“I am looking forward to the race that, while challenging, can be won,” he said. “Recently voters have been reinvigorated with the power of their vote to ensure their voice is heard.  I want to be that voice in District 17.  The voters of Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, and Franklin Township deserve better than the entitled representation in the legislature.  We've gone too long with just one way of thinking.”

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Robert continued, “New Jersey voters have reached the limit of their tolerance.  The tax burden imposed on them by prior politicians' decisions is forcing people and businesses to leave.  This has increased our debt risk and has stymied the potential for prosperity in our great state.  New Jersey has many challenging and complex issues to resolve within the next five years, such as the $47 billion deficit.  Our lawmakers have not responded with the tough but innovative leadership required to balance our budget.”     

One of Quinn's most passionate topics is education, and he has been active in the last two years opposing the Common Core Curriculum and the PARCC testing initiatives. Robert is the State Chapter President for Parents Involved in Education, a nationwide parent organization aimed at removing Common Core and PARCC.  Speaking at the Public Testimonies in Blackwood, NJ and Jackson, NJ, in the early part of 2015, he pointed out that Common Core and PARCC testing are contrary to fostering the love of learning, which should be the goal for every child in the state.  

While Robert is new to politics, the Quinn family is not. His great-great grandfather, Arthur A. Quinn, was NJ State Assemblyman from 1913-1915 and NJ State Senator from 1929-1933.  Arthur, a Democrat, was also a pioneer in the labor industry and established the local Carpenters and Joiners Union No. 65 in Perth Amboy (present day Local 254).  During both his private and political career, he also advocated for labor rights and laws that protected women and children.   His other accomplishments included serving as State President of the Federation of Labor (now AFL CIO), Controller of the Customs of the Port of New York and New Jersey, as well as the President of the Union National Bank of Newark. The bank, which he founded, was one of the few in this region of the country to survive the Great Depression. This was based on Arthur's fiscal constraint and governance, which is sorely needed again in our era. Robert explains, “I wish to serve the people of New Jersey, to do good things, and to protect the common man and children as my great great grandfather did.”

Married and the father of two, Quinn, 40, is an Operations Director for a Data Center and Disaster Recovery firm in North Jersey. In this capacity, he oversees all Crisis Management and day-to-day operations for all northeast facilities. As a member of the Leadership Team, Robert chairs the standardization committee that defines standards for policy/process/procedure globally for the entire department. 

Quinn is planning a series of social events, hoping to meet and engage with as many voters as possible in each of the towns in the district. The Kickoff Gala is projected to take place in March. Prior to that date, he is meeting with many voters in the communities he seeks to represent.

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