Dear Editor:

My name is Marc Leibowitz.  My wife Becky and I have lived in Scotch Plains since 2003. Our two teenage sons, Jonah and Sam, have been educated in our town’s excellent public school system and have participated in a host of extracurricular activities. We belong to Congregation Beth Israel here in town. This is our community and, naturally, we want what is best for it. 

To be candid, for the most part I dislike politics. As a former Airborne Infantry soldier and War Veteran, I know the difference between a leader and a politician. Leaders work tirelessly for the greater good. They do what is best for the people they serve with empathy, compassion, decisiveness, and principled resolve. Leaders impress me with their selfless sacrifice, while most politicians from both parties do not inspire my confidence. 

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Matt Adams is a proven, and supremely qualified leader. We are lucky that he has volunteered to run for Township Council. While I am conservative leaning on many issues and have historically been registered as an Independent voter, I will proudly vote for my friend Matt Adams for Scotch Plains Council in November. I cannot wait to see what great things he will do for Scotch Plains if he is elected.             

I have known Matt Adams for more than a decade. Over those years, we’ve become incredibly close friends. Our relationship is both personal and professional. It was a great coincidence and an incredible pleasure when Matt settled in Scotch Plains a little more than one block away from me with his wife and sons in 2014. 

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure to develop relationships with Matt’s extended family – his grandparents, parents, and brothers. The Adams clan is an impressively hard-working, accomplished, and tight-knit group. Importantly, the family has a strong culture of public service. Matt’s grandfather, whom I came to know toward the end of his life, was a Republican elected official for decades in Monmouth County. Matt’s father, whom I have come to know very well both personally and professionally, is a retired police officer who ultimately ascended to lead his department as Chief. I’ve also had the pleasure to get to know Matt’s beautiful family, his wife Meredith and his three very energetic sons Michael, Andrew, and Nicholas (ages 8, 7, and 3). It’s no surprise that Matt can often be found on the sidelines watching soccer or at the batting cages on the weekends. Matt and his boys can also often be seen in their yard tackling one of what seem to be an endless list of outdoor household projects.

Beyond being a loyal friend and a devoted family man, Matt is an incredibly accomplished professional.  He is one of the youngest people to ever make partner in the history of his nationally top ranked law firm, a member of the prestigious AmLaw 100. He followed that accomplishment up by being named co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Regulatory Compliance practice group.  Matt’s record of fighting for important causes, like protecting Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans suffering from PTSD, speaks to his character. Impressively, as a relatively young man, Matt has successfully presented trailblazing legal cases on behalf of his clients at the highest levels before the United States and New Jersey Supreme Courts. There is no denying that Matt is the real deal.

If elected, Matt Adams will provide the experienced leadership that Scotch Plains needs. You will not see partisan mudslinging from Matt when the campaign season heats up this autumn, just an honest, refreshing, and straightforward argument as to why his skill set is right for the needs of our town at this time. Matt won’t simply toe the party line.  Matt is fiercely independent, smart, principled, and willing to lead from the front.   

I have trusted Matt Adams to guide both close friends and relatives through perilous legal battles and I trust that, given the opportunity, he will provide the same skillful advice, guidance, and management to the town that I love and call home. This November we will thankfully have an easy choice to make at the ballot.  Like most of us, Matt Adams could choose to focus exclusively on his family, his profession, and his private life. We are lucky to have a neighbor who sees public service as a duty and as a calling. Don’t take my word for it. Matt is one of the most approachable people you will ever meet. 

Please consider asking him to sit down and chat over a cup of coffee or a beer.  Let him know your thoughts about the future of Scotch Plains. Give him the opportunity to earn your vote as he has earned mine.

Sincerely,

Marc Leibowitz
Scotch Plains, NJ