Mark Porter, Former Montclair Times Editor, To Receive 1st Amendment Award At Lincoln Day Dinner

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Mark Porter of Montclair

Montclair Republicans will honor former Montclair Times editor Mark S. Porter with its First Amendment Award at a Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser to be held Thursday, March 28, 6 pm at the Montclair Golf Club.


Porter, raised and educated in Montclair (Montclair High School 1971; Rutgers University 1977), served as editor of The Montclair Times from June 1998 until November 2016. During these eighteen years, he led The Montclair Times to win the New Jersey Press Association’s ‘Newspaper of Excellence’ or ‘New Jersey’s Best Large Weekly Newspaper’ nine times. From 2016 to his retirement in 2018, Porter served as local news editor for The Record and As a mentor, he nurtured the careers of hundreds of journalists. In retirement, he enjoys membership in the Dunworkin Club and the Montclair Bird Club.

Montclair Republicans will honor Porter for his unwavering support of press freedom and the First Amendment.

Across the nation, Republican clubs celebrate the first Republican U.S. president at Lincoln Day fundraising celebrations. The March 28 dinner will be held jointly with the Essex County NJ Republican Women. Funds raised will benefit the Montclair Republican Club Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to a Montclair-resident high school senior, and the two organizations. For more information about the scholarship, Montclair Republicans, or this event, email For more information about Essex County NJ Republican Women, email

The evening’s keynote speaker will be the Honorable Christopher J. Christie, 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey, and former U.S. Attorney for the State of New Jersey.

Reserve for a very special evening with a very special guests in honor of the  first Republican president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Montclair Republicans and Essex County NJ Republican Women 

Celebrate American Liberty At A Lincoln Day Dinner

March 28, 2019

6 – 9 pm

Montclair Golf Club

25 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052

Click these links to reserve or support with PayPal or credit card:

Single ticket – $200

Couples ticket – $300

Table of Ten – $2000

Donation only – no attendance

We welcome you to join the sociable chorus of Montclair and Essex County’s leading voices for Liberty.

See you on the 28th.

Lincoln Day Dinner: The Hon. Chris Christie To Speak March 28

MRC Chris-Christie-Signed-Autographed-8x10-Photo-Governor-ofArea conservatives and Republicans are invited to join in a sociable fundraiser featuring the Honorable Christopher J. Christie.

Restoring the Montclair Republicans’ traditional Lincoln Day Dinner, and in concert with the Essex County NJ Republican Women, the Montclair Golf Club venue will feature an open bar and reception from 6 to 7, dinner at 7, and program at 7:30.

Reserve for a very special evening with a very entertaining speaker in honor of the  first Republican president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Montclair Republicans and Essex County NJ Republican Women 

Celebrate American Liberty At A Lincoln Day Dinner

March 28, 2019

6 – 9 pm

Montclair Golf Club

25 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052

Click these links to reserve or support with PayPal or credit card:

Single ticket – $200

Couples ticket – $300

Table of Ten – $2000

Donation only – no attendance

We look forward to welcoming you to join in with Montclair and Essex County’s leading voices for Liberty.

See you on the 28th.





New Jersey Public Pension Risks & Reforms: Feb 21, 7 pm at Greek Taverna

Powder KegJoin in a Montclair Republican Club educational dinner meeting for a presentation on New Jersey’s public pensions with Erica Jedynak of Americans For Prosperity (AFP) – New Jersey.  Ms. Jedynak is New Jersey’s state director for AFP.

Montclair Republican Club, unaffiliated with state or national organizations, has been meeting since at least 1880. Our sociable, educational dinner meetings give members, friends and guests from the community a chance to break bread, strengthen relationships, and hear new and varied perspectives. This Thursday, February 21, 2019 meeting will be held at the always-delicious Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.

New Jersey’s public pensions are considered a ticking time bomb. Whether you expect to MRC JEDYNAK croppedreceive a public pension, fund these pensions through your taxes, or both, you can learn more and meet new people by joining in. Youth accompanied by paying adults are welcome, too. Reservations required: reserve here using PayPal or credit card:

1 Adult ($35)

2 Adults ($70)

1 Youth ($15, must be accompanied by paying adult)

Learn more about New Jersey’s public pension issues at these links:

Byrne, Tom: Risks of Insolvency

Garden State Initiative: New Jersey Earns ‘D-‘ For Failing To Address Pension Crisis

Volcker: Truth And Integrity In State Budgeting: Preventing The Next Fiscal Crisis


Questions? Email



The CHAIR in the ‘CLAIR: NJ GOP Chairman to Visit Thurs Jan 31 7 pm

Montclair Republicans welcome New Jersey Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt


Douglas Steinhardt, Esq. NJ GOP Chairman

for a sociable dinner meeting on Thursday, Jan 31, 7 pm at Greek Taverna. Republicans from around New Jersey are welcome to join in our traditional dinner meeting, a format that hearkens back to our club’s roots 140 years ago.


We encourage interested teen-aged youth to attend (with a paying parent) at the rate of $15/per young adult.

Purchase your dinner tickets here (using PayPal or credit card):

Adult – Single ($35) Click HERE

Adult – Couple ($70) Click HERE

Youth (12-18) ($15) Click HERE

Listen to a seven-minute talk from Mr. Steinhardt on Facebook HERE.

Questions? Email



A Vital Message From Roland Straten

Hi, Montclair Republicans, and Happy New Year!


Roland Straten, Montclair’s Republican Town Committee Chairman

My head has been working overtime trying to make sense of all the political stuff going on. The election, confirmation of Kavanaugh, trade wars, fake news, the Mueller investigation, the Left’s hatred of the administration, and political correctness that has run amok are all things I could write about.

Here are some ideas and links on the political correctness that has run amok:

“Long time no see” is forbidden — it is micro aggression to either Asians or native Americans – the Left is not sure yet.

“I’m dreaming of a white Dorchester” put out by a Dorchester Historical Society is also a forbidden phrase, which puts the song “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” at risk.

While these topics are all symptoms of the Left gone wild, I have decided to write about the scariest moment of my life.

Here goes:

In a dark, gloomy room, I was standing in front of a blackened one-way window. I was told to slide my U.S. passport into a slot at the bottom of the window. Out came a slip of paper with my name and a few numbers written on it. I proceeded through gates and guards armed with Kalashnikovs. I emerged into a nearly dark, dingy street with old dirty houses lining it.

For the first time in my life I was in a Communist country, as I entered East Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie.

After graduating from Dartmouth with an MBA in 1968, I decided to delay my entrance into the workforce and took a summer job with the Experiment in International Living leading a group of high school students to Germany. After living with German families in the town of Herford, Germany and taking a bus tour of Germany, we went to Berlin, a trip which included a day in East Berlin.

Our group boarded a Boeing 727 in Frankfurt bound for West Berlin. When we reached the East

German border, the pilot revved up the engines to full power for the roughly 10-minute, 120-mile trip over East German airspace to West Berlin. I have never flown faster in my life.

We had a great time seeing the vibrant city, shops, beer gardens, and museums of West Berlin before heading for East Berlin.

Even after 50 years, the dichotomy between east and west was so great that it has left a lasting impression on me. It totally changed my world view.

Before visiting East Berlin, I had heard that life under Communism was drab, unfree and not pleasant. But we had also heard that offsetting the lack of freedom was that the government took care of the needy, provided low-rent housing, free educations, and free health care.

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Potsdamer Platz During the Cold War (1945 – 1990)

It immediately became clear that free stuff did not offset the lack of freedom. The utter feeling of despair that enveloped us convinced us that we were in an evil place, that no amount of free stuff could make life bearable. Looking at Potsdamer Platz filled with tank traps was unsettling. The scariest moment of my life was to stand on the wrong side of the Brandenburg Gate looking toward the west, 100 yards away, knowing that the only thing allowing me to leave was the slip of paper in my pocket from Checkpoint Charlie.

If you have read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, it was as if the dark cloud of ravens came over the country, removing all color and hope, creating a world of despair. Houses were gray and dirty. The people were like zombies looking straight ahead with a glum look on their faces. People were dressed in drab, ill-fitting clothes. A feeling of gloom came over our entire group. After 50 years, this sense of evil and despair is still with me.

I wish I had the communication skills to transfer this experience to our young socialists of today who demand free stuff. We need to get the message out to these youngsters who have not seen Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party, Franco’s FET Party in Spain, Castro’s Communist Party of Cuba, and Mao’s Chinese Communist Party in action. We still have Venezuela and North Korea to remind us of the evils of socialism and communism, but Hollywood, the press and our educational establishment do not adequately show the evil of these systems. Even the story of thousands of people coming to the USA to escape despotic regimes is portrayed as our fault rather than the fault of repressive, corrupt, socialist regimes.

The message we need to get out is that the socialistic philosophy to give free stuff based on need, not ability, is flawed. The people who produce the free stuff are asked to produce for free or low wages. Even the most altruistic person will decide that working very hard to produce free stuff for other people while not getting any of the benefits may be a bit unfair. As the producers get the message, few and fewer people will produce the free stuff. The government steps in to make people produce. The government then has to resort to coercion to force the producers to make the free stuff.

It should not be hard for our young people to understand this logic, but many do not.

The resurgence of socialistic thought demonstrated by the popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a clear and present danger.

It is a shame that we do not learn from history. Each generation makes the same mistakes again and again.

Our only hope is that we can get the message of the evils of socialism out to members of the next generation.

Please do your part to educate them!!


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Join the Montclair Republicans on Thursday, January 31, 7 pm at Greek Taverna for a sociable dinner and presentation by Douglas Steinhardt, Chairman of the New Jersey State Republican Committee. Reservations are required. Purchase your tickets using PayPal or credit card here:

Single ticket ($35)

Two tickets ($70)

Youth ticket (age 11 – 18, accompanied by paying adult, $15)

Montclair Republican Club and Republican Town Committee members may email the club with their reservation and pay at the door by check or cash:

Registered Montclair Republicans may join the Montclair Republican Club by using these links (annual membership):

SINGLE ($25)

COUPLE ($40)

Become a Registered Republican by clicking HERE

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Written by Club President John Van Wagner, during the recent holiday season:
As 2018 ends, I want to talk about beginnings.  

Social media  was used, by both anarchist- and PTA mom-types (above, and right, respectively), to create a small frenzy over Montclair Republicans’ rights of association and speech.


We started the year with a fighting spirit, in the face of local political tyranny, when Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers , a top Trump campaign operative in New Jersey, came to speak about the many accomplishments of the administration’s first year.  In concert with our frequent hosts at the Greek Taverna, we repelled an attempt to silence us.  In so doing we put the town on notice that we matter, that our voices will be heard, and that without freedom of speech, of expression, there can be no community.   

In similar spirit we welcomed Dr. Murray Bessette from the Victims of Communism Foundation, who underlined Mobilizing Montclair Blacked Outto us the importance of history, and truth, and the need to comprehend the suffering brought to millions over decades by the scourge of totalitarian socialism.   Dr. Bessette’s presentation drove home the key role we play in Montclair, where ideological commitments often obscure  facts, right before our very eyes.   


And speaking of facts, of information, this year marked the beginning of the club’s active commitment to re-shaping the narrative in our schools.  In 2018 we proudly issued the first Montclair Republican Club sponsored scholarship, given to two High school seniors who demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of, the primacy of individual freedoms.   The scholarship was an achievement both symbolic and practical, and impacted two young lives in positive ways we can’t begin to  know as they begin their life journeys. 
Another seminal achievement was the inclusion of Steve Rogers, representing President Trump’s initiatives, as a speaker for the Citizenship and Government Institute at Montclair High School, the first time a conservative spokesman addressed the group.   Step by step we’re prying the door open on the educational establishment in New Jersey.   This is not an adversary for the faint of heart, and my deep thanks goes out to everyone involved in this initiative. 
On the 4th of July, we proudly fielded twenty-one marchers in Montclair’s parade.   Our group was vital and diverse, old and young, men and women, black and white, all united by a passion for liberty and by the courage to take it to the streets in the most visible way possible.  I’ve never been prouder to lead such a fine group of people, and I could see the future taking shape in our contingent.   At the end of the parade we were already talking about growing our number of marchers next year. We many have outnumbered Montclair’s Socialist marchers for the first time in years. 
This past Fall I determined to help lead the club more directly into active campaigning.   The results of our Senate and Congressional elections, while they weren’t what we’d hoped for, don’t reflect the many victories we experienced while campaigning street to street, door to door, reassuring the thousands of Montclair Republicans among us that they have a safe haven.   The individual conversations we had, and the insights we gained into the lives of our fellow citizens and conservatives, galvanized a new determination among any of who participated to keep moving, to bring in as many as we can, and to fight for a future day when change will come.   And for many, the hope for that change resides in us. 
So on to 2019.   
Please save the date for our January 31st meeting with Doug Steinhardt, the Chairman of the NJ State Republican Committee, at 7:00 p.m. at Greek Taverna.   Chairman Steinhardt will provide guidance on our direction and focus as we rebuild the party in New Jersey.    Also, in the  first part of the year, we’ll have field organizers from Americans For Prosperity come to outline how their organization can help us with our own messaging in Montclair.   We going to start strong in the New Year, so please join in.  
 A new beginning awaits.   

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):