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A Message From Roland Straten


Roland Straten Montclair GOP Chairman

November, 2018

Dear Montclair Republicans,
It is extremely important that you not only vote on Election Day, but that you encourage others to vote, as well. Let me share some thoughts with you.
What has happened over the years is that Republicans have compromised with the Democrats, and then accepted the compromise position as the Democrat new bargaining position. As we have done this, over the years all positions such as taxes, spending, size of government, health care, regulation, border control, and many more have drifted slowly to the left.
About ten years ago, Republicans came to the conclusion that this was a no-win strategy. The Tea Party was, as I see it, the beginning of the strategy change in the Republican Party. While the Tea Party succumbed to fierce Democrat attacks, it nevertheless initiated a sea change of attitude within many Republicans, specifically: we will no longer compromise, but stick to our core values.
Many establishment Republicans rejected this strategy, but many, to their credit, have come around.
This shocked the Democrats.
For years they were used to moving the bar slowly to the left, using deceitful compromises, taking over the educational system, and using the courts to achieve their agenda.
To see Republicans stick to their guns was intolerable. The election of Donald Trump was, in their eyes, the last straw.
Just as a child will whine and throw a temper tantrum when he does not get her way, the Democrats first whined and then attacked. Their anger is so great that they will stop at nothing to thwart the Republican resolve. Personal attacks, media contacts, courts, illegal voters, education establishment, and of course the cadres of Democrats appointed by previous Democrat administrations known as the deep state are all weapons that have been unleashed.
We have nothing — except the Constitution and people with integrity, logic and intelligence who vote –to hold off this onslaught.
Please vote for and encourage everyone you know to vote for Hugin, Webber, and the rest of the Republican slate. I have been informed that Irene DeVita, who is running for State Assembly in our 34th AD, was left off the sample and original ballots. I am hard pressed to accuse the Democrats of doing this deliberately, since they think they have a lock on the seat, but then it just shows their incompetence.
Roland Straten
Montclair Town Republican Chair

Van Wagner’s Weekly Message

In the countdown weeks to Election Day 2018, Montclair Republicans are focused on grassroots efforts.

To join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) team with right-of-center neighbors and friends in Montclair, especially the 11th Congressional District, email to be placed on our ‘Weekly Van Wagner’ newsletter email list for the latest meetings, efforts, technology, tee-shirts, pizza and fun.


John Van Wagner, President            Montclair Republican Club



GAME ON: NJ’S 11th Congressional District

Sherrill I am not voting for you PLUSAfter Labor Day the gloves will come off in the battle for NJ-11. 
The Sherrill forces have been organizing and canvassing for a year and a half (as if we’re not aware of that in Montclair).   But for all of that the race is still a dead heat.   
Our sources on the ground tell us that this election could be won or lost by 1500 votes.   That means that Montclair counts.   A bit of extra turnout, a few changed minds…we could make the difference between a return to the stagnant economy of a Pelosi congress, or a continuation of the burgeoning prosperity we’ve witnessed over the last eighteen months as regulations have been cut and taxes slashed.  
We’ve come so far.   Let’s not risk losing our future. 
On August 30th, a representative from the GOP field office will visit Montclair to help organize and train all those who wish to join the fight to elect Jay Webber and retain NJ-11, as well as to flip the Senate seat currently held by the possibly criminal Robert Menendez.
If  you see what I see about what’s at stake in these fights, please come out and learn how you can actively campaign.   Even if you can participate for a just few hours, or maybe a weekend this Fall, you’ll help to bring the fight to them. 
We’ll meet at Greek Taverna on Bloomfield Avenue on Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m.   Light appetizers will be served, but there will be no charge.   Please come and join the battle.   We can do this.  
RSVP BY CLICKING HERE or emailing with your name, address, and telephone number.
John Van Wagner, President
Montclair Republican Club
Jay Webber for Congress

HIS Daughter WILL Vote For Him

Libertarian Murray Sabrin to Appear July 26 in Montclair; Running for U.S. Senate from New Jersey

Sixty nine years ago a two-year-old boy stepped on to the shores of his newly adopted


U.S. Senate Candidate (Libertarian) Murray Sabrin

country with his parents and older brother, left hopelessness and inhumanity behind, and embarked on a marvelous journey of freedom and renewal. 

 With the devastation of the holocaust looming in their recent past, and with precious little besides resilience and the welcoming embrace of a dynamic and powerful new country, the Sabrin family started to create a new life. Ten years later,   at the age of twelve, Murray Sabrin raised his right hand in a Federal court, and, swearing to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, began a lifelong quest to define and nurture individual liberty in every aspect of American life. 
As a journalist, author, academic, political candidate, and public intellectual, Murray Sabrin is one of the nation’s premier voices of Libertarian philosophy.   Many criticize his ideas as  radical, unattainable, or irrational.  In the crucible of machine politics, his views threaten special interests on the right and the left.   But whatever one’s own opinion on protectionism, US engagement abroad, or the corrupting influence of the Federal Reserve on economic life, no one provides a more reasoned, disciplined counterpoint to political and economic orthodoxy as Murray Sabrin. 
His vision for the nation is one in which markets are free to flourish, unchained by government regulation and taxation.  Where the US achieves peaceful coexistence with the world via non-intervention.   And where the individual is the alpha and omega for every political and economic undertaking in the great, ongoing experiment which is our nation. 
It’s to champion these simple but powerful precepts that Murray Sabrin is running for the US Senate in 2018.   
Democracy is about freedom, and freedom is about choice.   Mr. Sabrin’s candidacy is the embodiment of the sacred choices we face as Americans.  
Please come to the Montclair Republican Club meeting on Thursday 7/26 at Greek Taverna at 7:00 p.m., to hear Murray Sabrin tell us what’s possible for our nation when a champion of true freedom comes to the Senate.  
Learn more about Sabrin here:
Click below to purchase your tickets for our socialable dinner here (RSVP required):

Get In Summer’s Game: March on July 4 (And More)

Greetings, Montclair Republicans!   
Van Wagner Beach 1

John Van Wagner, Club President

It’s beach time, lake time, baseball time, and generally time for kicking back. 

But before we all grab our fishing poles and head down the Parkway, we need to give some thought to what happens on Tuesday, November 6.
That’s the day our nation will vote on whether or not to retain the powerful Trump tax cut, to accelerate the liberating regulatory reforms and the devolution of the corrupt administrative State, to continue the transition of the judiciary, and to institutionalize our newly assertive foreign policy.   
The alternative?  
Lose it all to the progressive vision of a controlled and  slow growing economy where income equality takes precedence over individual initiative and opportunity.          
Jay Webber for Congress

NJ 11 Congressional Candidate Jay Webber With Two of His Four Daughters

So, in your beach bag, be sure to pack a copy of Newt Gingrich’s “Trump’s America“. It might just propel you out of the waves and into the ranks of active campaigners and donors, particularly for Jay Webber in the crucial race for NJ-11.

In the meantime, we have some fun and informative events in the coming weeks, including Montclair’s Independence Day Parade (register HERE) on the 4th (all comers, friends and family welcome, for truly fun and uplifting experience), a meet and greet brunch with members new and old on Saturday, June 30 at 10 am, and a  visit by Murray Sabrin, Libertarian candidate for Senate, on July 26.   
Finally, before vacations begin in earnest, please remember to activate/re-activate your membership for the year 2018/2019, either by PayPal / credit card or by check by clicking HERE.
Happy dog days!   And then let’s get in the game!  
John Van Wagner, President
Montclair Republican Club

Keep a Conservative 11th: Meet Jay Webber, 11th CD Candidate on Apr. 5, 7 pm in Montclair

JAY WEBBER HEAD SHOTNew Jersey State Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), candidate for U.S. Congress in NJ’s 11th Congressional District (a seat currently held by Rodney Frelinghuysen), will visit with and address members and guests of the Montclair Republican Club on Thursday, April 5, 7 pm at Greek Taverna, Montclair.

Purchase your tickets for a sociable and delicious dinner meeting at the links below (special student rate available), or email with your reservation: send your check, postmarked by March 29, to Montclair Republicans, 12 Marquette Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 ($35/pp; $15/student rate (11-18) when accompanied by a paying parent).

Jay Webber, 46, a resident of Morris Plains, is a Clifton native, father of 7, Johns Hopkins and Harvard Law School grad. In private law practice in Whippany, he has served in the New Jersey State Assembly since 2008. He is a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and is founder of New Jersey Reagan Day, the Garden State’s celebratory gathering of conservatives. Read more about Jay Webber HERE.

Jay Webber is known as a conservative voice in the New Jersey State Assembly. Find a ten-year history of video presentations to review HERE.

Listen to a 4-minute radio interview / video on why Jay Webber is running for Congress HERE.

Read’s recent story on Jay Webber HERE, and Morris County Young Republican’s Jordan Chester’s endorsement of Jay Webber HERE.

Learn more about New Jersey’s 11th U.S. Congresssional District HERE.

We need to put our best foot forward up here as Republicans, and I think I’m the candidate who can keep this seat and keep the progress that we’re making in the country. – NJ Assemblyman & U.S. Congressional Candidate Jay Webber

Purchase 1 Adult ticket ($35) HERE

Purchase 2 Adult tickets ($70) HERE

Purchase 1 Youth ticket ($15, ages 11-18) HERE. Must be accompanied by a paying parent.

Greek Taverna’s family-style dinner is delicious, authentic, and plentiful. Looking forward to seeing New Jersey Republicans, Independents, and sociable old and new friends from across the political spectrum on April 5.

Jay Webber Kids


Victims of Communism: “We Put An End To Political Correctness,” Part 2

Republicans and other sociable guests are invited to attend:

Capitalism CommunismOn Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 pm in Montclair, join Murray Bessette, PhD, Director of Academic Programs of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), a Washington, DC-based educational and human rights nonprofit foundation devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes, for a sociable dinner and illuminating presentation. Location: Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey.

Purchase your dinner & discussion tickets using Paypal (or credit card) below. Student rate available for youth aged 12-18 when accompanied by parent. RSVP required. Or, email with your RSVP and send your check (postmarked by February 14, 2018) for $35 (1 guest), $70 (2 guests), $15 (youth) to Montclair Republican Club, 12 Marquette Road, Montclair, NJ 07043.

Click HERE for 1 ADULT TICKET ($35)


CLICK HERE for 1 YOUTH TICKET ($15, youth aged 12 – 18, when accompanied by a paying adult).

The ‘People’s Republic of Montclair,’ as Star-Ledger editorial page editor and Montclair resident Tom Moran nicknamed our prominent community, has had a steady, growing socialist/communist presence or connection for generations. We live side by side, joke on social media, but…is it time for the romance language of communism — making everyone equal in some sort of Utopia (in our case, a ‘perfect’ Montclair?) — to be deconstructed? To do so would mark yet another end to political correctness. This conversation is especially important for young adults.

Communism promises to make everyone equal, but delivers radical inequality. Every time it’s tried, it ends in economic collapse or a police state. From the famines, purges, and gulags of Soviet Russia to Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge—from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre to the Castro regime’s 2012 murder of Oswaldo Payá—communists have killed more than 100 million people. Countless more suffered and suffer still. – VOC Memorial Foundation

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“We Put An End To Political Correctness” Part 1

Montclair Republicans kick off 2018 with two very important meetings that each span subjects from immediately local to broadly global. We hope you’ll join in.

Republicans and other sociable guests  are invited to attend:

January 18, Thursday, 7 pm at Greek Taverna (Montclair):

Steve Rogers TrumpSTEVE ROGERS, Manager for New Jersey Trump 2020

He’s a regular guy, and our neighbor. Steve Rogers of Nutley is the New Jersey manager for Trump 2020, and a familiar face to Montclair Republicans. Join in a sociable dinner on Thursday, January 18, 7 pm at Montclair’s Greek Taverna to hear President Trump’s message through the perspective of Rogers‘ boots-on-the-ground operation. Steve was one of the few pundits who predicted a Trump presidential win in 2016. ‘We put an end to political correctness,’ he said following Trump’s 2016 election, as New Jersey campaign manager.  Purchase your dinner & discussion tickets using Paypal (or credit card) below. Student rate available for Montclair resident youth aged 12-18 when accompanied by parent. RSVP required. Or, email and send your check (postmarked by January 10) for $35 (1 guest), $70 (2 guests), $15 (youth) to Montclair Republican Club, 12 Marquette Road, Montclair, NJ 07043.

January 18 Dinner & Presentation: Click below to purchase by Paypal/credit card:

1 Adult Dinner Ticket $35       2 Adult Dinner Tickets  $70       1 Youth (12-18) Ticket $15


SAVE THE DATE: February 22, Thursday, 7 pm at Greek Taverna (Montclair):

MURRAY BESSETTE, PhD, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Mark Your Calendar: On Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 pm join Murray Bessette, PhD, Director of Academic Programs of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), a Washington, DC-based educational and human rights nonprofit foundation devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes, for yet another Montclair Republican Club very sociable dinner and very illuminating presentation.




Meet Healthcare Policy Expert Alieta Eck, MD on Nov. 2, 7 pm in Montclair


Aleita Eck, MD

Get ready to focus on the November 7 election by coming together with your Republican, conservative, thoughtful independent, libertarian & open-minded neighbors for a fascinating speaker, New Jersey’s Dr. Alieta Eck. Dr. Eck ran for U.S. Congress in 2014 in the 12th Congressional District (Central New Jersey) and for U.S. Senate in 2013.

Dr. Eck will join in Montclair Republican Club’s traditional, sociable dinner meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 pm at Greek Taverna. An alternative thinker who has created a free, private medical clinic in Piscataway, Dr. Eck has long been involved in heath care reform and believes that the government is a poor provider of medical care.

Greek Taverna

Montclair Republicans Meet & Eat at Greek Taverna: Thurs, Nov 2, 7 pm

Purchase your dinner tickets ($35/pp) here using Paypal or credit card, or email to reserve and pay at the door. RSVP required.



YOUNG ADULT TICKET ($15, age 18 & below): CLICK HERE


Some of Dr. Eck’s recent, relevant blog posts are: Caution: Is Health Care a Right?The Tangled Webs of Insurance Networks, and Obamacare Subsidies Rob the Middle Class.

With two important elections less than a week following, the November 2 Montclair Republican Club meeting will be a convivial opportunity to catch up with family and community members to discuss New Jersey’s gubernatorial election and Assembly District 34 election, featuring Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and newcomer Nick Surgent, respectively, and the two ballot questions.

Join Dr. Eck for a terrific evening, as usual, in the company of Montclair Republicans.


ELECTION 2017: Kim & Carlos, Men & Women…A Message from John Van Wagner


Montclair Republican Club President John Van Wagner

Hello, all, I hope everyone had a terrific summer.

Election 2017 is upon us.
If last year’s incredible events have taught us anything, we now know that conventional wisdom doesn’t exist, that what seems impossible can become reality, if enough people see through the media’s self-serving scrim.  In New Jersey we’re told, through journalism both overtly and obliquely biased, that our State is an impregnable Progressive fortress, that there’s disillusionment with our current governor, and fury about the election of a citizen ‘demagogue’ to the White House.   The message is sometimes subtle, but always clear:  you have no choice but to live with the Progressive agenda, so don’t even try to challenge the machine.
MRC Sorry Not Listening
Don’t listen to this nonsense. Act. Prove them wrong, as a great movement did on a national level less than a year ago.
We need Montclair Republican Club members and friends to help us get boots on the ground not only for the gubernatorial election, but also to support the candidacy of our young New Jersey Assembly candidate from Clifton, Nick Surgent.   Nick’s courageous and inspired run for office has enabled a growing connection with our sister organization, the Clifton Republican Club.  
If you haven’t yet met Nick, please come to a “Meet and Greet” at the home of Gerard Scorziello, Clifton Republican Club President, and his wife Kim Renta.  on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.  131 Pershing Road in Clifton.   Wine and cheese will be served, along with the company and MRC JULY 4 2017insights of some great people.
At this gathering we’ll discuss how each of us can help Nick shine a light on everything that’s wrong with Trenton, and all the ideas the new generation of conservatives has for creating a better future.  RSVP to with your name, address, and contact information/comments/questions.
An Essex County Republican Women‘s organization is in formation, and will have a kick-off dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 7 pm at Jim Johnston’s Steakhouse in Roseland. With leadership from our own club Women 2member Maureen Edelson, the nearly 10,000 active, female Republican voters from Newark to Fairfield can now more easily network to impact our regional political, governance and social landscape. ‘LIKE’ the club’s Facebook page, come out on the 26th, and meet like-minded women. Register at THIS LINK or RSVP to with your name, address, phone number and comments/questions. (New Montclair members to the County organization, a chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women, can also join Maureen’s informal, private Montclair Conservative & Republican Women’s Club at no additional fee.)
These, plus our burgeoning social media presence and continued interaction with conservative activists in Maplewood, South Orange, and Millburn, marks the start of a new stealth consolidation of the right-of-center movement  in Essex County and its environs, one which rejects the inevitability of Progressive oppression in our State and in our locales.
Stay tuned for other events including the campaign for the gubernatorial election, and a book reading and signing by a prominent author of political fiction.   And please, save the date on Thursday 11/2 when we will welcome the distinguished physician and health care policy expert Dr. Alieta Eck to our club meeting.
Welcome to the campaign season!   Time to step up.   Thanks.