March With Montclair’s Leading Voice for Liberty

Dear Montclair Republicans & Friends,4th-of-July-Children-at-a-Parade1

A refrain I often hear from our membership, and from its sympathizers, is that we’re invisible in our town.  Our Club’s ideas on the primacy of the individual, our deep commitment to limited government, and the growth-oriented economic polices we embrace are often not only ignored, but not tolerated, in the eyes of many.  

Last year, I called for us to get visible in town by marching in Montclair’s Independence Day parade. Since then, our club secretary, Maureen Edelson, ‘A Mom for Montclair,’ furthered that visibility with her recent, unabashedly conservative & free-market campaign for Third Ward Councilor.  

Come out in 2016 to march in the annual parade, to remind our fellow citizens of the gifts of political and economic choice handed down to us by the founding fathers.  Isn’t that what the 4th of July is all about?

Come one, come all.   Bring friends who might want to get involved.  Be bold in your commitment to the revolutionary spirit of freedom and self-determination. 

Please  email montclairrepublicans@gmail.com if you’d like to march.   Stand up and be counted! 

John Van Wagner, President

Montclair & Money: Transparency in Muni Finance

Join in a sociable Montclair Republican Club dinner meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm, Mo Yogi Berra Museumwhere recent Montclair 3rd Ward Councilor candidate Maureen Edelson will offer a wrap-up and thank-you to club members and friends following the May 10 municipal election, and offer some thoughts for the future.

Following on her presentation, Montclair resident, businessman and university instructor Sanford ‘Sandy’ Sorkin will entertain discussion on Montclair’s municipal finances, and the transparency thereof. Learn more about Mr. Sorkin on LINKEDIN.

The dinner meeting will be held at Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. Parking on premises. $35/pp. Purchase in advance using Paypal by clicking HERE, or email montclairrepublicans@gmail.com to reserve your place and pay at the door.

The presidential primary is June 7 — remember to vote!

 

 

 

Rally for Edelson for Montclair Town Council

Come out Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm at Tierney’s Tavern to support Maureen Edelson in her bid for a seat on Montclair’s Town Council. Not a Montclair Republican, but in support? You are welcome to join this or any of our sociable, educational gatherings!

Hear about her decision to run, why it’s so important to get out the vote, and learn how you can help bring a fresh voice to town government.

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The event will feature light snacks and a cash bar. $25 per person at the door or through Paypal: click HERE. RSVP to montclairrepublicans@gmail.com.

Maureen is the only opposition candidate to the incumbent slate, running for the 3rd Ward Councilor seat.

A former finance professional and outdoorswoman, Maureen is a 33-year resident of Montclair’s 3rd Ward, where she has been active as a resident, parent and through her family business, which was located in the 3rd Ward’s Montclair Center for 20 years.

Read her campaign blog at: AMomForMontclair.

‘Like’ her Facebook page at: Maureen Edelson for 3rd Ward Montclair Town Council

See you then.

Nix NJ’s Income Tax: Let Freedom Ring In the New Year

Please join us on Tuesday, January 19, and bring friends, as we begin the new

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Murray Sabrin, PhD

year with a visit from esteemed professor, writer, and former US Congressional candidate Murray Sabrin, who will discuss why the New Jersey State income tax should be abolished.

 

We can’t think of a better note on which to begin the New Year or seize the messages of liberty embedded in the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

This meeting, in Montclair Republican Club’s sociable dinner format, will take place upstairs at Halcyon Restaurant, 114 Walnut Street, Montclair, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7 pm. Price per person is $40; cash bar.

RSVP to montclairrepublicans@gmail.com to reserve & send in your check; or CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket using PayPal.

 

Montclair Republican Club Members & Friends Poll: Rubio on Top, The Donald #2

POLLIn a poll conducted September 24-27, 2015, Montclair Republican Club members and friends (who, jointly, reflect the complete political spectrum) favored Marco Rubio as their frontrunner choice for U.S. president among the 20 major 2016 candidates. Rubio took 11 votes out of the 52 cast, or 21%.

Following close behind was Donald Trump with 9 votes. A third tier included Carly Fiorina and John Kasich with 7 votes each.

The poll had a 25% response rate. Thanks to those who participated.

In Conversation with Congressman Frelinghuysen: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7 pm, Marzullo’s

Dear Members & Friends,

Frelinghuysen visits a Montclair classroom

Frelinghuysen visits a Montclair classroom

Eleventh Congressional District (northern half of Montclair) Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen will visit Montclair Republicans’ next sociable dinner meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7 pm.

Marzullo’s Restaurant, at 117 Grove Street, is the evening’s friendly, convenient location, with plenty of adjacent parking (enter the municipal lot behind Grove Street from Oxford or Walnut Streets). Tickets are $35 pp. Wine and beer will be served. CLICK HERE to purchase now.

Join in to explore the goings-on in Washington, New Jersey, nationally and internationally with a veteran representative who chairs the House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations. Frelinghuysen has also recently returned from a trip to the middle east. A conversation with our guest offers the opportunity to explore and address some of the many subjects that may be on your mind today. Bring your questions.

There are few elected representatives today whose family history span the arc of the American Republic. From Frelinghuysen roots in the founding of the United States, to family business history with Ballantine Brewing and Proctor & Gamble, to the face of current day governance, politics, economics and more, a conversation with Vietnam War veteran Rodney Frelinghuysen is an opportunity for all — including young adults — to gain insight into the American Experiment and express your perspective to your elected representative.

Join in! Purchase your tickets via Paypal using your Paypal account or credit card by clicking HERE, or emailing montclairrepublicans@gmail.com to reserve your seat and pay at the door.

More information on Congressman Frelinghuysen, his background and voting record are here:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Frelinghuysen

Ballentine Brewing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._Ballantine_and_Sons_Brewing_Company

Congressman Frelinghuysen’s Website: http://frelinghuysen.house.gov/

On issues & legislation:

VoteSmart: https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/22177/rodney-frelinghuysen#.VcKQkrbJDIU

GovTrack: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rodney_frelinghuysen/400142

On the Issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/NJ/Rodney_Frelinghuysen.htm

Real Clear Politics: http://dyn.realclearpolitics.com/congressional_bill_tracker/person/rodney_p._frelinghuysen/F000372

See you on Tuesday, August 11!

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It Will Be a Night To Remember: August 6, 8 pm: Come Watch the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate

AldrinWhere were you on July 20, 1969? Mark your calendar & make Thursday, August 6 – the first Republican 2016 Presidential Candidate debate – another night to remember.

Most Americans of a certain age — and especially, Montclairians — remember very well where they were 46 years ago tonight — July 20, 1969. The first moon landing in history — that of the U.S. space program’s Apollo 11 craft with our hometown hero Buzz Aldrin aboard —  was a testament to America’s ‘Right Stuff.’

Locally, many still breathe with the inspiration of the 1969 moon landing and Buzz Aldrin. But, Montclair and friends…do we have ignition?

The control of the American Experiment is to be placed in a new chief executive’s hands in sixteen months, but its power lies with you. Come out to Montclair Republican Club’s sociable and friendly Debate-Watching Party on August 6, featuring Republican Party candidates, in order to start gathering information, discerning distinctions, and making your best decision on November 8, 2016: Town Pub of Bloomfield, 8 pm, a la carte menu. RSVP to montclairrepublicans@gmail.com. It will be a night to remember: let’s get fired up about our republic.

Bring your family’s young adults to this awesome lesson in American and comparative history. Sign up now: unlike Aldrin’s, and perhaps Washington’s perspectives, space for this event is limited ;).

…and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

CLICK HERE TO LIKE & FOLLOW Montclair Republicans on Facebook.

PS: Are you an independent, libertarian, conservative, patriot or, perhaps, a member of another party questioning your identity/affiliation? Ours is a big, friendly tent; please join in for a pleasant evening and new acquaintances.

March with Montclair’s Leading Voice for Liberty on July 4

Dear Montclair Republicans & Friends,4th-of-July-Children-at-a-Parade1

A refrain I often hear from our membership, and from its sympathizers, is that we’re invisible in our town.  Our Club’s ideas on the primacy of the individual, our deep commitment to limited government, and the growth-oriented economic polices we embrace are often not only ignored, but not tolerated, in the eyes of many.   That needs to change. 

This 4th of July, let’s get visible.   Please join us to march in the annual parade, to remind our fellow citizens of the gifts of political and economic choice handed down to us by the founding fathers.   Let’s be counted.   

Come one, come all.   Bring friends who might want to get involved.  Let’s surprise our fellow citizens with the dissidents in their midst, people committed to the revolutionary spirit of freedom and self-determination. 

Please  email montclairrepublicans@gmail.com if you’d like to march.   Stand up and be counted! 

John Van Wagner, President

Common Cornered – from Club President John Van Wagner

As students across our community fire up their computers to tackle the Common Core exams this week, I propose a new mandatory test, one that will measure the efficacy and competence of the Board of Education’s stewardship of our tax dollars.   

It consists of just a four questions, three multiple choice and an essay.   Incorrect answers on any 2 (two) of these should result in the Board’s being declared a failing entity, subject to dismissal and the subsequent  institution of a new, elected school board.
1.)  What was the main driver in the $10.9 million deficit announced by the Board at its February 23 meeting?
    a.) public funds drained from the school system through the town’s vibrant school voucher program
    b.) the necessity of new computer equipment to facilitate the Common Core test
    c.) cost overrides on new construction and building maintantance
    d.) liabilities associated with public sector employees’ health benefits
2.)  Penny MacCormack resigned because:
    a.)  she got a great new job in New York
    b.)  she was a victim of a nefarious palace coup
    c.)  within her two-year tenure, she brought the financial state of Montclair’s school system from hope to ruin
    d.)  all of the above; or, we don’t know
3.  The best way to fix the Montclair school system’s fiscal woes is:
    a.)  raise property taxes 4.4 %
    b.)  raise property taxes 8.9 %
    c.)  raise property taxes 12.4 %
    d.)  raise property taxes 15%, with an added moving penalty of  $20,000 for anyone caught escaping across the border to Cedar Grove, Nutley, Clifton, or Glen Ridge
4.   The essay question is in two parts:
By what right do you, an unelected and unaccountable body, presume to dictate to an already beleaguered citizenship that they must again pony up to help mask your internal incompetence?
How, exactly, did the Board manage to spend its way from a $10M surplus into an $11M hole?   For part 2, please use English, and cite specific examples of expectation vs. reality, and why.
The agglomeration of these test results will show the world  exactly where we as a community stand against other municipalities in the education forum.
Opting out is not an option.   And more federal money will go only to those who answer each question correctly from a political standpoint, if not a substantive one.
Best of luck to all participants.  Let the results speak for themselves.
John Van Wagner, President, Montclair Republican Club
A version of this essay appeared in the Montclair (NJ) Times on March 12, 2015

Consider These ‘Firsts’ at Montclair’s Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 12; Speakers Focus on Education

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Join in as Montclair Republicans celebrate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Thursday, February 12, 7 pm at Nauna’s Bella Casa in Montclair. Learn more & purchase tickets using Paypal by clicking here, or email montclairrepublicans@gmail.com for more information and to reserve your seats. Guest speakers Derrell Bradford, Sam Cole and Damion Frye will address topics in education as part of a panel moderated by club president John Van Wagner.

While many Republican clubs celebrate the esteemed President Lincoln as the first Republican president, Montclair Republicans can also take note that our town’s first African-American mayor, Rev. Matthew G. Carter, and first female mayor, Mary Mochary, Esq., were part of Montclair’s Republican community.

The Montclair Republican Club, independent of state and national organizations, favors limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity. Belief in individuals’ ability to rise and thrive, as Lincoln, Carter and Mochary did, and as we expect our children to be able to do, is a hallmark of Montclair Republican style. See you on the 12th at 7 pm. RSVP.

Pictured above, left to right: Lincoln, Carter, Mochary, Frye, Cole, Bradford. Damion Frye photo credit: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times.