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The Citizen of Morris County: Vote for Frelinghuysen


October 26th, 2016

Editorial: Vote for Frelinghuysen

Vote for Rodney Frelinghuysen on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The quiet effectiveness of Frelinghuysen, who is seeking his 12th two-year term in Congress, cannot be overstated. Roll Call has described him as a “shrewd, if low-key deal maker” and he controls millions of dollars as chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. That position also puts him in line to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and possibly next year, which would make him one of the most powerful New Jerseyans ever to have served in Congress.

Frelinghuysen’s low-key leadership style – exemplified by his little-noticed addition of $500 million to the 2016 omnibus defense spending bill to expand intelligence-gathering capability throughout the world – earned him laudatory editorials from some of the state’s newspapers.

But it was the way Frelinghuysen steered the $550 million superstorm Sandy aid bill through a reluctant Tea Party-dominated House – and his defiance of efforts by conservative Republicans to strip Legal Aid protection for the poor from the bill – that showed that the former Vietnam veteran can exert a steely clout on a national level when needed.

While we have not always agreed with some of Frelinghuysen’s stances, particularly on gun control and are dismayed by his 2015 3 percent ranking by the League of Conservation Voters and his support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, generally he has always been an important moderate voice in a stridently conservative Republican House caucus.

Regardless of who wins the presidency on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Frelinghuysen’s influence will be critical in assuring funding for the Amtrak-NJ Transit Gateway rail tunnel project and for other programs of importance to New Jersey. We strongly urge the re-election of Congressman Frelinghuysen for a 12th term. It is in the best interests not only of his district, which includes our towns of the Boontons, Denville, Montville, Mountain Lakes, and the Rockaways, but all of New Jersey.

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