I am writing in response to Republican Party Chair Steven Spurr’s recent letter to the editor criticizing Congressman Malinowski regarding coronavirus relief funding for Summit.  He claims that our Congressman has failed to advocate for small towns like ours, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Congressman Malinowski has been working across the aisle to secure vital funds for towns across our district.  In fact, thanks to the CARES Act, $11 million in grants have already come to our counties and towns, including $4 million to Union County.  Moreover, the Congressman 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 stabilization funds to municipalities with populations less than 500,000 -- Summit included.  This legislation is seeing 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. 

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the US Senate and the Trump administration have thus far blocked these efforts.  Moreover, 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/) State senator Tom Kean has not helped matters by attacking the Congressman without offering any solutions.  It’s sad to see such naked political opportunism while the rest of us are working together to solve these problems.

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Indeed, 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 fought to ensure that the next round would include rules that favor genuinely small businesses.  

The Congressman and his office have also been spending countless hours on constituent services – helping residents to access unemployment benefits and small businesses to secure loans. Instead of campaigning, he has organized food drives, and brought together volunteers to check on seniors and their neighbors. That’s what leadership looks like.

I'm proud and thankful that Congressman Malinowski is standing up for Summit and all of NJ-7 when we need him most.

Andrea J. Stein

Chair - Summit Municipal Democratic Committee