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On Sunday, March 25th from 1-3 PM the home of Lauren and Keith Grober will be filled with Democrats supporting Tom Malinowski for Congress at a reception in his honor. Lauren is the Municipal Chair in Union Township. She and other members of a GOTV (Get Out The Vote) group decided to help Tom get exposure as a candidate in the CD7 race and help raise funds for his campaign against Leonard Lance. Malinowski pledged NOT to take any PAC money to fund his campaign. (A PAC is a popular term for a Political Action Committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates.)
So Lauren sprung into full gear contacting other Hunterdon County Municipal Chairs, Vice Chairs, Elected Officials, NJ State Democratic Committee Representatives and several friends of Tom Malinowski's, asking them to join her and her husband Keith as Co-Hosts for a Fundraising Reception. And the answer to that question was a resounding YES!
Come show YOUR support for Tom Malinowski for Congress by joining the Grobers and the following Hosts
Sunday ~ March 25th ~ 1pm to 3pm
7 Old Farm Road, Hampton, NJ 08827
Light brunch refreshments and beverages will be served
RSVP: Joyce Leftly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested donation $50 per person payable by check at the door
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Winter is almost behind us and that can only mean one thing..... It's time for The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee "SPRING BRUNCH". This year we are excited to host our event in the banquet room at the beautiful Oak Hill Golf Club featuring breath taking views of the Hills of Hunterdon County. The Oak Hill Golf Club is located at 15 Fernwood Road, Milford, NJ 08848
The scheduled date for our Brunch is on Sunday April 29th from 11am - 2pm.
Brunch Menu includes Assorted breakfast pastries, fresh fruit platter, eggs, bacon, sausage, Home fries & Vegetables
Juices and coffee station. A Choice of Caesar or Tossed Garden Salad
Chicken Entrée (Piccata, Franchaise or Marsala)
Pasta Entrée (Penne Vodka, Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Vegetables or Tortellini Alfredo)
$1000 - Co-Sponsor
$300 - Supporter
$80 - Couple
$50 - Individual
Prepay online in advance at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/springbrunch2018
Or by check at the door.
RSVP - Please confirm your attendance by emailing email@example.com
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The CD7 Race for Congress continues to spark interest throughout the District. The first bit of excitement came on March 7th when Union County was scheduled to hold their Convention to endorse a candidate. That never happened because we got hit with a Nor'Easter and Mother Nature decided to blanket New Jersey with lots of snow forcing all of us in CD7 to continue to hold our breath until the Convention could be rescheduled. On March 11th, under better weather conditions, Tom Malinowski won the endorsement at the rescheduled Union County Convention, which tightened his lead throughout the district. There are 13 Municipal Chairs in Union and for a candidate to come out on top, 7 votes would be needed. Malinowski got the 7 votes, with Linda Weber receiving 6. None of the other candidates received a vote.
There was so much suspense leading up to the Union County Convention and both candidates knew it was going to be a very tight race. Weber seemed to be favored since she hails from Union County. However, Malinowski had just won the endorsements in Hunterdon, Warren and Morris Counties. But then came the drama on March 6th, the night before the Nor'Easter. A negative - and false- campaign ad against Malinowski that was advertised on a Facebook Ad by the Weber for Congress team may have backfired. On December 6, 2017 the candidates who had filed at that time (Jacob, Jois, Malinowski, Mandleblatt, Salmon & Weber) had pledged publicly to stay positive and not make defamatory remarks about a fellow candidate. The defamatory content of the ad, the fact Weber broke that promise and the momentum Malinowski has been building within the party and through his campaign contributions, may very well have been the perfect storm that led to his victory at the Union County Convention.
12/6/17 - The candidates pledge to run a campaign free from defamatory remarks at the Basking Ridge Forum.
So the excitement continues with Somerset and Essex county, since Linda Weber was endorsed there. However, after losing the Union County endorsement, on March 14th Weber suspended her campaign, pledging to "continue to work hard to flip the 7th District and to elect more Democrats." We will have to wait to see what happens in Somerset and Essex Counties where Weber was endorsed. Check back soon for an update.
Malinowski also gained top billing on InsiderNJ's weekly list of "Who's Up" on it's March 15th publication. Here's what InsiderNJ had to say....
Dogged by residency issues, the CD7 candidate this week nonetheless scored a critical 7-6 victory for the Union County Democratic Committee line, effectively eliminating rival Linda Weber from the contest. Although a devilishly energized U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was telling people at the Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade that his preferred general election opponent is Malinowski, a victory by Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania’s 18th District sent a shudder of worry through NJ Republicans.
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Tom Malinowski won the endorsement as the 7th Congressional District Candidate last night at the Morris County Democratic Committee Convention. This marks the 3rd endorsement for Malinowski. Hunterdon and Warren Counties had open conventions in which the County Committee members and Delegates voted. Malinowski won the nomination in both of those conventions.
The only remaining county to hold a convention to make their endorsement is Union County which is scheduled for March 7th. There are 5 counties in the CD7 District. Somerset and Essex Counties already held their conventions in which Linda Weber won the nomination. Both conventions were "closed", meaning only the Municipal Chairs were able to vote.
We may see a GOP primary race against Leonard Lance. Craig Heard, who ran an unsuccessful primary against Lance in 2016 is considering going up against him again. Heard has formed an exploratory committee to consider his chances against Lance in a primary. One thing Heard and CD7 Democrats have in common - Is that Lance has got to go!
Tom Malinowski is Endorsed at the Morris County Convention (2/27/18)
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The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee sponsored a Rally for Our Children in Flemington on the steps of the Hunterdon County Historic Courthouse on Saturday, February 24th, gathering a crowd of residents who are in support of sensible gun control. The speakers at the event all made a plea to end the senseless tragedies that have taken place in our schools and communities for the past two decades. We were reminded that on April 20, 1999 two teens went on a shooting spree in a Columbine High School, and little has been done to prevent this type of tragedy almost 20 years later.
Clinton Town Mayor, Janice Kovach, gave the opening remarks and welcomed everyone for attending and thanked the crowd for giving up their time on a Saturday morning for such an important cause. Featured speakers included Flemington resident, Chris Runion, who is a teacher in Montgomery Township. Mr. Runion talked about what it's like to participate in "lock down" drills and ended his speech by saying "Let us put away our trigger fingers and take out our ballot fingers, because our lives depend on it.”
NJ Assemblyman Roy Frieman and Tom Malinowski, the Hunterdon County endorsed Candidate for Congress (against Leonard Lance) also addressed the crowd. Both men talked about the need for sensible gun laws and pointed out that while NJ is one of the states with the best common sense gun laws, other states are in need of reform.
Carole Stiller, President of the NJ Brady Campaign and Million Mom March State Council talked about the lasting effects that students face after the trauma of being a surviving victim of a shooting spree and that it is something they will have to live with the rest of their lives.
But the most engaging moments on Saturday came from two Hunterdon Central Regional High School (HCRHS) students who moved the crowd with their plea for gun reform. Katie Conover, a Junior at HCRHS said "Children are often told they can change the world. And that's just what we are going to do." HCRHS Senior and President of the Hunterdon County Young Democrats, Austin Ritter, served as emcee for the rally. Austin's opening remarks included the reading an open letter from the parents of a young son that was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. It was a poignant and emotional moment.
Click here to watch a video of the Rally for our Children