Challenger Criticizes Frelinghuysen’s Record On Women’s Issues

John Arvanites

John Arvanites

MORRISTOWN –– Democrat John Arvanites today asked 11th Congressional District voters to end Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s “war on women” by unseating the nine-term Republican this Election Day.

“It is no secret Republicans are waging a war on women in New Jersey and nationally,” said Arvanites. “It is clear from Frelinghuysen’s voting record that he is a loyal lieutenant in the Republican assault on women’s rights.”

Arvanites, 45, a Certified Public Accountant and former Mayor of Roseland, is one of only three New Jersey congressional candidates to be endorsed this year by the National Organization for Women (NOW) for his progressive stance on women’s rights issues.

“Receiving NOW’s endorsement is a special honor for me,” Arvanites said. “As the proud father of two daughters, I am grateful to NOW for promoting women’s rights and equality. I am especially sensitive about the offensive stance that Republicans have toward women.”

“During Frelinghuysen’s 17 long years in office, Rodney has repeatedly voted with conservative Republicans to undermine women’s rights to equal pay, critical healthcare, and preventive medicine,” Arvanites said.

In May, for example, Frelinghuysen joined with conservative Republicans to obstruct a House vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2012 that would have corrected salary inequity for millions of American women.

Frelinghuysen blocked a similar-pay equity measure in November 2010 and, in 2007, he actually voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a House measure to close the pay-gap between men and women.

“In the 11th District, nearly 30-percent of the 57,500 women-only households live in poverty,” Arvanites said. “Women earn .77-cents on the dollar for the same work as men; African-American women, .68-cents; and Latinas, .59-cents. Women cannot afford to have Frelinghuysen represent them any longer.”

Besides the financial impact to women on Frelinghuysen’s watch, Arvanites criticized his opponent for repeatedly siding with the most extreme Republican factions to damage women’s access to preventive medicine and essential healthcare.

In recent years, Frelinghuysen has:

  • Twice voted to support the Paul Ryan budget proposal, in 2011 and 2012, that threatened to eliminate federal money for primary healthcare for 2.9 million women by defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Refused to support a tougher Violence Against Women Act in May 2012 that would have provided essential remedies for victims of rape and sexual assault.
  • Voted in May for the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act, a thinly-disguised anti-choice measure that would have required doctors to quiz women on why they were seeking to terminate a pregnancy and give physicians broad discretion to refuse the procedure.
  • Voted last October to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit insurance coverage for abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
  • Also voted last October for the “Protect Life Act” that would allow physicians “to exercise their conscience” and allow pregnant women to die in certain medical emergencies.

“Frelinghuysen claims he’s pro-choice. Clearly, he’s not,” Arvanites said. “His dreadful voting record on women’s issues makes our choice crystal clear on Election Day. It’s time for Frelinghuysen to go and for women in the 11th District to get the progressive representation they deserve in Washington D.C.”


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2 comments for “Challenger Criticizes Frelinghuysen’s Record On Women’s Issues

  1. jmiklos7
    September 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I am always fascinated by the defendants of right wing justifications for discriminating against women choice of pseudonyms- here the questionable’relevant matters’ – the one who posts comments in New York on articles by Senator Gillibrand has the sense to call himself “Stinker”.

  2. relevantmatters
    September 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Re: Arvanites said: “Women earn .77-cents on the dollar for the same work as men”

    This is a lie and he knows it.


    “Will the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Help Women?”

    “Women’s 77 cents to men’s dollar: What it really means”


    The figures are arrived at by comparing the sexes’ median incomes: women’s median is 77 percent of men’s. In 2009, the median income of full-time, year-round workers was $47,127 for men, compared to $36,278 for women or 77 percent of men’s median.

    Median means 50% of workers earn above the figures and 50% below. That means that a lot of female workers in the higher ranges of women’s median make more money than a lot of male workers in the lower ranges of men’s median.

    The advocates’ interpretation of “women’s 77 cents to men’s dollar” doesn’t account for the number of hours worked each week, experience, seniority, training, education or even the job description itself. It compares all women to all men, not people in the same job with the same experience. So the salary of a 60-year-old male computer engineer with 30 years at his company is weighed against that of a young first-year female teacher. Also, men are much more likely than women to work two jobs; hence, more often than women, a man earning, say, $50,000 from his two jobs is weighed against a women earning $25,000 from her one job, so that he appears to be unfairly earning twice as much as she.


    Here’s just one example of why on average even the most sophisticated, educated women earn less than men even in the exact same profession:

    “In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejka’s 2005 survey.”

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