To the Editor:

I am writing to ensure your readers know about the efforts of our Congressman, Tom Malinowski, to continue to work on our behalf, during these difficult times.

Congressman Malinowski has been working across the aisle to secure vital funds for all municipalities across our district (NJ-7).  He is one of four lead sponsors of H.R. 6467, a bipartisan bill with more than 140 co-sponsors that would provide $250 billion in funds to smaller municipalities -- including Springfield.  This legislation has strong bipartisan support here in New Jersey.  Last week, 54 Democratic and Republican mayors and freeholders from across our district sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to take up this bill.  To this point, the Republican leadership in the US Senate and the Trump administration continue to block these efforts to help our communities.  This money would be in addition to the CARES Act, which already provided $11 million in grants to our counties and towns, including $4 million to Union County.

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On the other hand, unfortunately, Cong. Malinowski's opponent and Republican Party officials are using the current crisis as an opportunity to try to gain political ground, as reported in the New Jersey Globe article “Kean pushing local Republicans to hit Malinowski over federal aid,” (https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/kean-pushing-local-republicans-to-hit-malinowski-over-federal-aid/).  Just when he should be joining the bipartisan fight to bring critical federal dollars to our towns, Kean foments discord by attacking the Congressman and asking his political allies to do so, as well.  Instead of offering solutions, he encourages naked political opportunism.

Previously, after the first round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding went to many large corporations, rather than the small businesses it was designed to help, Congressman Malinowski successfully fought to ensure that the next round would include rules that favor genuinely small businesses.  Additionally, the Congressman and his office have been spending countless hours on constituent services – helping residents to access unemployment benefits and small businesses to secure loans.  He has organized food drives, and brought together volunteers to check on seniors and their neighbors.

Thank you Cong. Tom Malinowski for being the type of leader we need in these difficult times.

Bruce H. Bergen
Springfield
Former Chairman, Union County Freeholder Board