WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Candidates for the 11th Congressional District, incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen and challenger Mark Dunec, will debate on air Sunday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon on  "Your New Jersey Connection," live on WMTR 1250 AM. The debate will be moderated by Julie Briggs, a radio host on the station.

West Orange residents located in the 11th Congressional District will be voting for their Congressman on Nov. 4, and the choice will be between long-time Republican incumbent Rodney Freylinghusen and Democratic Challenger Mark Dunec.

The 11th Congressional District is a decidedly Republican district covering townships in Essex, Morris, Sussex, and Passaic Counties.

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Rodney Frelinghuysen is seeking an eleventh term in Congress, having served since 1995. In his elections, he garnered between 59 and 72 percent of the vote. He is currently serving as New Jersey's senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and on three key appropriations subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security and Defense, where he serves as Chairman.

Freylinghusen's website touts his support of veterans and the military (he served in Vietnam from 1969-1971 as a member of the 93rd Engineering Battalion (Construction) stationed in the Mekong Delta) and for his reputation as a fiscally conservative congressman that earned the title of “Hero of the Taxpayer” Award from the Americans for Tax Reform.

Challenger Mark Dunec feels it's time for a change. The Livingston resident is a professional problem solver working in a global management consulting firm and is running on a platform of "Leadership. Action. Results."

Dunec has garnerd the support of Senator Cory Booker, several unions, and other 11th Congressional Mayors. Dunec says he will "work across the aisle to tackle and solve the problems that face our district and country; 
and I will embrace good ideas without regard to rigid ideology or strict party affiliation; I will be honest and transparent."

The one hour radio debate is the only debate that Freylinghusen has agreed to. Voters are encouraged to call in during the program and to ask questions of the candidates. The call-in number for the program is (973-267-9687). The only rebroadcast date is scheduled on WDHA 105.5 FM at 6:00 AM on Sunday, November 2.

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Most residents may not even be aware that the township is split into two Congressional Districts, the 10th and 11th. According to the township website, "West Orange is split between the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 27th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, West Orange had been part of the 8,10th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. In the redistricting that took effect in 2013, 18,122 residents in the eastern third of the township were placed in the 10th district, while 28,085 residents in the western portion of the township were placed in the 11th District."

The West Orange 11th Congressional District is comprised of the following wards: 1-1, 1-2, 1-4, 1-8, 1-9, 2-1, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7, 4-8, 4-9, 4-10, 4-11, 4-12, 4-13, 4-14, 4-15, 4-16.