NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th) visited North Plainfield on Tuesday, spending time both in the schools and with the North Plainfield Business Association.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to meet with Congressman Malinowski and his staff,” said Michelle Aquino, Superintendent of Schools North Plainfield Board of Education. “He was responsive to student questions and provided all in attendance a greater understanding of critical issues. We appreciate all the work he does to benefit the students in our community.”
Malinowski met members of the North Plainfield Business Alliance and North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano for lunch at La Ronda restaurant at 27 Greenbrook Rd, North Plainfield.
“Congressman Malinowski reached out to the North Plainfield Business Association a few weeks ago, with a desire to connect with local Small Business owners,” said Bruce Heyman, North Plainfield Business Alliance President. “We arranged for a lunch with 18 of our members at the La Ronda Restaurant. The discussion included health care, minimum wage increases, alternative energy incentives among other germane topics. The takeaway for the Congressman is that Small Businesses have different issues than Big Businesses. Big Business literally writes policy for this country. Big Business can negotiate tax breaks and even avoid taxes all together through financial machinations not available to Small Businesses. His biggest takeaway from the meeting is that all these tax breaks lead to higher property taxes on commercial and personal properties of small business owners. The second takeaway is that this country needs some version of the Affordable Care Act. Individuals must be able to purchase affordable medical insurance and prescription drugs, so that employers do not need to provide it.”
Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, Malinowski (D-7th) opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs earlier this year.
The flagship District Office is located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The district office phone number at the Somerville office is 908-547-3307.
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District covers 74 municipalities in six central New Jersey counties including all of Hunterdon County, most of Somerset County and portions of four others - Essex, Morris Union and Warren, a total of 595 square miles.
According to the 2010 census, the total population of the district was 669,857. The median income of the Seventh District is $113,393, fifth highest in the nation.
Malinowski's predecessor, Republican Leonard Lance. represented the district for 10 years before he was defeated in November by Malinowski, who has a residence in Rocky Hill. Lance, a Hunterdon County resident, had district offices in Flemington and Westfield.
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