Demonstrators present 5K petition to Frelinghuysen office, seek meeting

Placard outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Placard outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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Video: Demonstrators outside Morristown office of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

By Kevin Coughlin

Demonstrators kept up the pressure on Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), continuing their “Fridays with Frelinghuysen” rallies by presenting his Morristown staff with a 5,000-signature petition requesting a town hall meeting with the Congressman.

Frelinghuysen’s staff politely accepted the petition, amid security that was tighter than for previous rallies.

 Lisa Blumert of Chatham questioned the Congressman's vote to ease gun access for people with mental health issues, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Lisa Blumert of Chatham questioned the Congressman’s vote to ease gun access for people with mental health issues, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier

Morris County Sherriff’s Officers were inside the Congressional office, preventing any photographing of Frelinghuysen’s staff.

Downstairs, officers only allowed groups of five- or six at a time to visit the office. About 75 people attended the lunchtime event, organized by NJ 11th for Change.

So far, Frelinghuysen and his Washington staff have not responded to requests for comment.

Frelinghuysen, named chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee after easily winning a 12th term in November, last held a town hall meeting in 2013.

NJ 11th for Change has scheduled a series of such meetings–with our without Frelinghuysen–across the district between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23, 2017.

Slideshow photos by Bill Lescohier

Demonstrators gather on frosty Friday outside at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Placard outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Stacks of petition signatures presented to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Lisa Blumert of Chatham questioned the Congressman's vote to ease gun access for people with mental health issues, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Demonstrators at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Michael Merritt of Mendham questions Frelinghuysen's position on the Mexico City Policy and “Global Gag Rules" that restrict women’s access to freedom of choice, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Joey Hauswirth and Joshua Stafford from NJ 11th for Change asked for town hall meeting, at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Kathy Mueller of Florham Park questioned Frelinghuysen’s reluctance to engage with his constituents, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Crowd gathers outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
A demonstrator signs in at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Demonstrators gather at Starbucks prior to rally at Rep. Frelinghuysen's Morristown office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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Members of the grass roots organization say hundreds of written and oral messages to the Congressman have received no response.

Dozens of others have received “insufficient” identical responses to their concerns about repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and want a discussion “about issues that affect our lives and livelihood,” according to a statement by the group.

Stacks of petition signatures presented to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Stacks of petition signatures presented to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier

The statement added that Frelinghuysen “has already voted to begin repeal of [the ACA], weaken oversight of our public education system, enable oil, gas and mining companies to make payments to foreign governments without public disclosure, allow coal-mining companies to dump their wastes into rivers and streams, and make it easier for people with severe mental illness to obtain guns.”

Peaceful demonstrations  have occurred regularly at the Congressman’s Morristown office since President Trump’s inauguration. 

Groups have included the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Mom’s March Against Gun Violence, and members of a Boonton mosque.

MG Contributor Bill Lescohier contributed to this report.

Demonstrators gather on frosty Friday outside at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Demonstrators gather on frosty Friday outside at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s office, Feb. 10, 2017. Photo by Bill Lescohier

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. No meeting since 2013? Like the rest of the House GOP, you’re a coward and un-American. You don’t belong in Washington. Time to retire.

  2. Congressman,
    I didn’t vote for you. But you are our representative. You must hold a town hall meeting. Its your job.
    Stay strong! Support the President’s agenda!

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