WHIPPANY—A standing-room-only audience of more than 200 crowded the VFW building here for a Town Hall-style meeting on July 1 with US Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance; Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan; Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo; State Senator Joseph “Jersey Joe” Pennacchio; and NRA Board member Scott Bach, Esq.
Hosted by Morristown Tea Party Org and the NJ Tea Party, the event was themed “You have questions and they have answers.”
Jeffrey Weingarten, president of both groups said “The overflow crowd was treated to very enthusiastic and emotional presentations by federal, state and local politicians and activists who made their positions clear on the hottest political issues facing the nation and state today.”
Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo kicked off the meeting and promised that “Team Morris” would keep reducing spending, debt and property taxes.
Pennacchio (R-Morris) who set the stage for his federal colleagues when he explained–to great applause–that Congress must resolve the IRS and other scandals and would best be served by naming a “Special Prosecutor” who could send guilty parties to jail.
Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11) and Lance (R-NJ-7) passionately promised to get to the bottom of the Benghazi scandal, as well as scandals involving the IRS and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Included in the questions they answered were their promises to seek border enforcement first and foremost in any immigration reform discussions.
Bach demonstrated how current restrictions on legal gun ownership in New Jersey can still lead to the criminalization of ordinary people on technicalities. He urged folks to keep pressuring Trenton, likening gun ownership to the battle for freedom faced by America’s founders faced some 237 years ago.
Lonegan alternately challenged presumptive rival and Newark Mayor Cory Booker to debate him and depicted him and the other Democratic challengers as a mere rubber stamp for President Obama and his policies. Lonegan’s 20 minute presentation and answers to questions were frequently interrupted by loud applause and encouragement from the crowd.
“The grassroots in Morris County are energized like never before,” said Weingarten, “and New Jersey will be the center of attention as the only state with a U.S. Senate race followed in a few scant weeks by a Gubernatorial race–one of only two nationally–that will showcase Chris Christie, one of the most charismatic politicians and personalities in the nation.”
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