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My District Work Period

April 27, 2017

Dear neighbors, 

With Congress out of session the last two weeks I had the opportunity to travel throughout my district and meet with New Jerseyans about the issues facing our communities and our country. I wanted to share with you my experiences from just a few of those meetings.

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With Earth Day this past Saturday, I attended numerous events where I saw New Jersey residents taking action to protect the future of our planet. At Sandy Hook, hundreds of volunteers came out to participate in Beach Sweeps and helped clean up one of our state’s most precious resources. At the March for Science in Trenton on Earth Day thousands came out to convey their support for science and its critical role in combating climate change. On Sunday I attended the Edison Earth Day celebration, where the town’s public library educated residents on how to get involved protecting the environment.

The commitment displayed by those serving our communities did not only come on the environment. At Shore House in Long Branch, I saw a tremendous devotion to helping those with mental illness empower themselves to change their lives for the better. I know so many New Jersey families have difficulties facing mental illness and we need more organizations like Shore House to provide support. I was also honored to meet New Brunswick’s Lt. Stellatella & Firefighter Kormondy at the New Jersey Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association awards dinner, where they received the Gold Medal of Valor for their extraordinary service.

Public education is the cornerstone of our education system and I view it as one of my top priorities to ensure that they have the resources and support to educate our children. That’s why I visited Old Bridge High School and heard from eager students about their views on Congress and how we can work together to get things done. I was also able to visit the child care center at JFK Health Center in Edison and I read to children ages 3 to 6. Study after study stresses the importance of childhood education and we need to make sure that all children in New Jersey have affordable access to it.

It is my job to represent you and these meetings help inform my opinions and shape my work in Washington. Your voice and work strengthening our communities drives me to fight to protect and support public education, the environment, and our local fire and police departments.

These are just a few of the events I’ve taken part in recently and I hope you will visit my website and Facebook and Twitterpages to learn more about my work in New Jersey. Please also keep an eye out for my Facebook Live Q & A that I hold most weeks on Thursday or Friday.


Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.