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NJ Activists Pay a Call on Rep. Frelinghuysen — in Nation’s Capital

Travelers make trek because congressman would not hold town hall meeting in Garden State

Rodney Frelinghuysen
U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th)

Over the course of several months, two groups of New Jersey activists have pressed Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) to hold a town hall meeting — with no success. They even went so far as to organize their own town halls in his district, but Frelinghuysen remained a no-show.

Undeterred, the activists decided that if the congressman wouldn’t come to them, they would go to him.

Three buses pulled out of the Garden State early Wednesday morning loaded with members of NJ 11th for Change and BlueWave NJ. They were headed more than 200 miles south to Frelinghuysen's office in room 2306 in the Rayburn House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol.

Many of these fellow-travelers shared similar concerns: funding for Planned Parenthood, an investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia, support for the Affordable Care Act, and the undermining of federal oversight on local police departments.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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