SPARTA, NJ - Students at Sparta High School had a visit from New Jersey Senator Steve Oroho last week. Emily Scott’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class were able to hear first hand what a state senator does on January 19.
Oroho did a great job of explaining his job to us and the legislative branch's impact on state politics,” Senior Jenna Ryan said
Oroho told the students he had never thought about entering politics until he became disenchanted with his previous profession, according to Scott. He said he was drawn in at the local level at first, having served on the town council in Franklin Borough.
Senior Fiona Hynes said she liked that he, "was definitely a person and not a politician. He doesn't have the same political views as I do but I wouldn't discount him as a candidate because of his principles and values."
His time as a councilman sparked his interest in serving his community. He then decided to run for the seat he currently holds, Senator representing Legislative District 24, he told the students.
“The students were engaged in discussing political issues, the processes of the state legislature, how campaigning works and why the senator continues to serve at the state level,” Scott said.
Oroho said he feels he can really make positive changes for the people on New Jersey, specifically his constituent according to Scott.
"We really appreciate Oroho taking the time out of his day to come to speak to us,” Scott said. “Americans tend to be focused on Federal politics, often ignoring state and local politics. As the Senator pointed out, at the state level he can affect real change for his constituents. This is a topic we come back to in class over and over again especially when assessing voter trends as well as apathy."
“It always gratifies me to see young adults who want to be engaged in the civic process for a well-informed citizenry enhances our representative democracy,” Oroho said. “The students at Sparta High School were well-prepared and asked thoughtful questions. As an elected official, some of my most enjoyable times are spent interacting with students and I once again appreciated the opportunity to do so.”