The New Jersey Transit sponsored mural on Chestnut Street

Our rights are under attack.

With the country experiencing a series of tragic mass shootings, and urban centers pulsating with unchecked, daily violence, the establishment left is leveraging our national trauma in its campaign for more government control over our personal lives and choices.

Grief, shock, and outrage are powerful, natural human reactions to unspeakable events. They are also easy emotions to exploit, by those whose interests revolve less around the sanctity of human life than the accumulation, and retention, of collective power.

Recently in Montclair the issue of Second Amendment rights came to a contentious climax, with the installation of a pro gun control mural on the New Jersey Transit administered Chestnut St. underpass.

For those who value the right of law abiding citizens to self defense and who revere the constitution and the sanctity of individual choice, the complicity of a public agency in unilateral political expression is unacceptable.

The club is in the process of applying for permission to mount an alternative mural on the other side of the underpass.

Enter Alex “Alejandro” Roubian.

1 Adult for Alex Roubian $35.00
2 Adults $ 70.00
1 Student with ID $15.00


Click here to see Murray’s new book
This being Halloween season, it’s time for a terrifying tome, and since Stephen King seems to be taking a hiatus, Murray Sabrin has stepped into the breach with his truly scary offering, “Why the Federal Reserve Sucks”.
We’re thrilled to welcome Murray back for a return appearance at our next Montclair Republican Club meeting on Thursday, 11/7, at the Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Ave, 7:00 p.m.

1 Adult $35.00 For Murray Sabrin
2 Adults $70.00
1 Student with ID $15.00

Dr. Sabrin, in his career as an academic, author, political candidate, and public intellectual, has long been the voice of sanity in the economic mental asylum that is New Jersey. Please join us, if you dare, while he serves up a scare fest of facts about the macro economy in the age of negative interest rates, out of control deficits and a Federal Reserve that pursues a policy of runaway money creation, spinning resources out of thin air. Must be magic. Or witchcraft.
Be warned–some viewers may find this presentation disturbing. Attendee discretion is advised.


Do you believe County government is a footnote, a detail, a non-issue? Guess again. How many of us knows about the 54M contact Essex County maintains with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain illegal aliens? Or how much money filters through the county coffers as they fund and administer multiple state run agencies and programs? Exactly who has the power over all of this money? And how does it benefit us?

Adam Kraemer wants us to know. He’s running for Essex County Freeholder against incumbent Democrat Romaine Graham. Adam is a private citizen and lifelong Essex County resident, living in West Orange, married with triplet sixteen-year-olds. A former teacher of Social Studies, he currently works in the Credit Department for Inteplast in Livingston. He’s a graduate of Columbia High School and Colgate University, with two Masters from Teacher’s College of Columbia University.
Adam is a private citizen who loves his community, and if he wins will be the first Republican on the Essex County Board of chosen Freeholders for the last four decades. Think about that.

We’ll welcome Adam to our Fall kickoff club meeting on Thursday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Greek Taverna, 292 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ. $35.00 pp adult includes dinner. $15.00 for student with ID.
Please RSVP, , or simply pay at the door.


Dear Kevin,
As you may know, New Jersey Transit recently allowed the display of a political mural on an underside wall of the train trestle at Chestnut Street in Montclair.
And, as you also may know, the mural depicts commonly-recognized gun control themes and thereby promotes a single viewpoint on an important political issue currently being debated in community life, the media, and government.
Because NJTransit is a state-owned public transportation system, NJTransit has an ethical and legal obligation to afford free expression, equal protection, and access to opposing viewpoints.  
Indeed, NJ Transit appears to recognize this obligation to the constitutional rights of the public in Chapter 83 of its regulations governing the “Conduct and Safety of the Public in the Use of NJ Transit Equipment and Facilities,” wherein it is promulgated:

From time to time, NJ TRANSIT receives requests from members of the public for permission to exercise their constitutional rights of expression at such stations and terminals.  NJ TRANSIT, through this chapter, informs and instructs the public how it can exercise its rights on or about NJ TRANSIT facilities and the procedures to be followed in exercising such rights.  (16:83-1.1 Purpose; scope)

Indeed, to restrict state-owned facilities for use in promoting a single political viewpoint would violate federal and state constitutional protections against discrimination.
As it happens, our Club wishes to bring forth an alternative viewpoint to that which has already been approved, displayed, and promoted by the artists of the mural and by NJ Transit.
Please let us know, therefore, how we can work with NJ Transit to secure the appropriate permissions and/or permits to commission and display a mural of similar size, scope, and prominence as the existing mural.
Thanking you for your attention to this matter, I am
Sincerely yours
John Van Wagner, PresidentMontclair Republican Club


This year the Montclair Republicans fielded its largest contingent yet in the township’s 4th of July parade. Every year we grow in numbers, diversity, passion…and visibility!

An Evening With Montclair Town Councillor Hurlock

Bill Hurlock

William Hurlock, Esq.  Montclair’s 1st Ward Councillor

Bill Hurlock made history in 2012, becoming the sole Republican on Montclair’s Town Council.

Bill showed that it CAN be done, long before the events of 2016.
During his seven years on the council, Bill has demonstrated how deficits can be cut, infrastructure replenished, and civility restored, in an adversarial, and sometimes toxic political environment. No one has better insight into the challenges ahead for us as conservative citizens in Montclair than Bill Hurlock. Let’s find out how we can best help him drive our town’s future prosperity.
Use the LINKS below for this sociable dinner meeting at Greek Taverna on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7 pm. Youth rate available.
John Van Wagner, President
Montclair Republican Club

BARBARA From HARLEM: May 9, 7 pm in Montclair

Escaping the Racism of Low Expectations

Barbara From HarlemYou’ve heard of BLEXIT and #WalkAway. Come hear our own metro area spokesperson for these phenomena, Barbara From Harlem, on May 9, 7 pm, Greek Taverna Restaurant, 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. Advance RSVP required…use links below. Club members may RSVP by email at & pay at the door.
Learn more about Barbara’s political awakening. Read about her book, Escaping the Racism of Low Expectations, by clicking HERE.
Click links below to register for May 9. Registration is required.

A Pro-Life Discussion: April 11, 7 pm

Pregnant Couple

There’s no subject more searing in political consciousness than the rights of the unborn.  This intensely personal issue, so vulnerable to the public glare which has yielded  more distortions and recriminations than insights in the years since Roe vs. Wade, remains an open wound in the body of public discourse.    Please watch for the details for this important meeting, the first time the Montclair Republican Club has devoted an evening to eliciting  real understanding of, and insight into, a policy debate which has divided the nation for  so long, with no end in sight…

Reserve here for our sociable dinner on Thursday, April 11, 7 pm at Greek Taverna:

1 Adult ($35)

2 Adults ($70)

1 Youth ($15) Age 12 – 18, accompanied by paying parent


2019 Lincoln Day Dinner: Awards & Rewards

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‘Seated Lincoln’ Newark, NJ by Gutzon Borglum

Montclair Republicans successfully resurrected their historic Lincoln Day Dinner at the Montclair Golf Club on March 28 (in partnership with Essex County NJ Republican Women). Guests and volunteers enjoyed the evening thoroughly. New friends and old mingled, dined and enjoyed a rich and rewarding program.


Following an open bar cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeurvres, Montclair Republican Club president John Van Wagner introduced special guest and 1st Amendment Award winner, Mark S. Porter. Porter, a 1971 Montclair High School graduate, served as editor of The Montclair Times from 1998 – 2016.

Van Wagner’s introduction of Porter:

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John Van Wagner & Mark Porter, 1st Amendment Awardee

It’s the unsung heroes who hold things together, who take on the hard, thankless tasks,  simply because it’s right to do so,  because accomplishing them makes the world a more civilized place.   These folks are the precious few among us who put values over expediency, thoughtfulness over pride, and generosity of spirit over everything.   We’re proud to honor one such man at our upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner, for his contributions not just to his chosen field of journalism, but to his service to the Montclair community on multiple levels as an oasis of reason and measured ideas in a environment often plagued by rancor and distrust. 

Mark Porter led our flagship newspaper, The Montclair Times from 1998 to 2016.    When he took the job he probably wasn’t imagining that the diplomatic skills he’d need to bring to bear to his work would better qualify him to be the lead Ambassador to the Gaza strip.   Taking the helm of the paper as Montclair’s march to the extreme political left achieved critical mass, he was tasked with the Sisyphean feat of pleasing the ascendant, and powerful, political vanguard, while quietly creating a space for neutral, balanced, and factual reporting.    It’s probably easier to achieve a fossil-fuel free world in twelve years than do what Mark has done over the last eighteen. 
I came to know Mark soon after I took over as President of the Montclair Republican Club.   Having little experience with reporters I was wary at his first call, in which we discussed the state of the town council election of 2012.  But his questions weren’t probing as much as they were genuinely curious.   My nervousness melted away within the first minutes of our talk, and I found myself expounding on thoughts and ideas about the town, its political direction, the hopes of my organization for a saner fiscal state for the community, Montclair’s intense creative energy, and the necessity of diverse ideas to power political life.
Mark listened with patience, and responded eagerly to my suggestion that political differences are healthy, indeed necessary.   He never played ‘gotcha’, he never argued.   He listened.    And when he reported it was with honesty, insight, and respect, though he must have known I was green, and may have said things that could be taken out of context and used to undermine my fundamental positions.   Mark had the one quality that sadly  eludes most everyone in his profession, one that can make the work of journalism transcendent:   he was kind. 
He was also an incisive and insightful writer, with an economy of phrase that informed even as it gently coaxed.   He was never a flamethrower, though he didn’t back down from saying things that needed to be said.   His editorials always added to, and stimulated, the collective conversation, and reflected the warmth and creativity that undergird Montclair’s zeitgeist.  After our first conversation I trusted Mark implicitly, and regarded him as an asset to our club if not an adherent.   He remained a apart from us formally, politically, but his interest in, and sympathy for, our unique position in an increasingly hostile town always infused his reporting on our activities.  Mark Porter is a man who understands his community, and his time, and the synthesis between the two.   We miss him as our central voice of sanity and tolerance, and are delighted to honor him with our 1st award at this Lincoln Day Dinner.    
Porter’s reflections:

* Your freedom to establish and practice a religion.

* The right to speak your mind.

* The ability for people to gather peacefully.

* Your right to express grievances to the government and seek remedies.

* And, the First Amendment affirms, Congress cannot usurp the freedom of the press.

As a longtime editor of The Montclair Times, I maintained a professional and personal doctrine that we’re all equal.

Within the limit of 300 words, every Montclairite had the opportunity, really the right, to express her or his opinions in The Times’ Editorial section. 

The number of people who disagree with your dogmas should never crush your right to express them.

The Montclair Times, during my editorship, always published letters written by conservatives along with centrists, liberals, and so-called “lefties.” 

In Montclair, registered Democrats far outnumber registered Republicans. Independent voters in Montclair tend to veer left. 

As Gov. Christie can recall, Montclair wasn’t a town that his campaign staff counted on.

As the editor, I penned editorials endorsing Barack Obama and other Democrats for president. And governor.

But I posit that The Montclair Times’ integrity required it to print letters by people of all political persuasions. 

It was critical that The Montclair Times provide a platform for conservatives to express their views and exchange political broadsides with fellow letter-writers.


Fundamentally, we can cite the First Amendment.

Just as important: We’re all United States residents.

Reflecting this Lincoln Day Dinner, we citizens together should share an appreciation for what Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and many other Americans dedicated their lives to. 

It’s to preserve and strengthen the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment.

Following a dinner of petite duet of filet of beef and salmon with bordelaise and beure blanc, salad and rich carrot cake, Joan Furlong, Montclair Republican and Vice-President of Essex County NJ Republican Women, introduced and presented the evening’s 2nd Amendment Award to former New Jersey governor Christopher J. Christie.

Furlong’s introduction:

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Joan Furlong & 2nd Amendment Awardee Governor Chris Christie

Many years ago a notorious gun control group in Montclair got permission from the Board of Education to distribute a flyer advocating for a piece of gun control legislation before the state assembly.

My kindergartner brought this home in his backpack, and my husband and I, both law-abiding citizens and gun owners, saw this as a partisan misuse of our public schools.
So we asked permission to distribute a flyer advocating against the legislation and were denied. And with the help of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, of which we were members at the time, we took the Board of Education to court, and 4 years later got permission to distribute flyers that advocated for educational events for youth, women, and everyone else on the proper use and safe handling of firearms.
At the time I was a registered Democrat. But the people who came out of the woodwork to support us were mostly Republicans. In fact there is someone here tonight (Maureen) who called me one afternoon out of the blue to offer her support. She didn’t know me at the time, and had no reason to reach out to me other than to let me know we were not alone.
And, coincidentally, that was when I first met Mark Porter at The Montclair Times, when we showed up at his office one Monday morning to challenge an unfair piece about us that had been published in The Montclair Times. He immediately recognized the First Amendment implications of our lawsuit.
Well, Governor Christie, by the time you won the primary in 2009, I was a die-hard Republican. And throughout your tenure I saw your advocacy on behalf of all New Jersey citizens and proponents of the 2nd Amendment as a God-send.
But I think the President of the New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society, Alexander Roubian, said it best: that you “did more for Second Amendment rights in New Jersey than all other governors combined,” and he praised you with these words:

”Governor Christie is a beacon of hope and a saving grace for those who were unfairly and discriminatorily terrorized by New Jersey’s draconian gun laws. NJ 2nd Amendment Society witnessed first hand how he personally saved many from unfair prosecution and years in prison. Governor Christie’s pragmatism and fairness are greatly missed.”

We here in this room second that sentiment.

So, it is with great honor and gratitude, on behalf of the Montclair Republican Club and Essex County New Jersey Republican Women, that I present you with our first 2nd Amendment Award.

Governor Christie responded to the award and the subject of the right to bear arms with many stories from his administration, but mostly the human ones — those where he pardoned &/or commuted sentences of good people who had gotten caught up, unwittingly, in the state’s extreme limitations on travel with legally-owned firearms, for example, Brian Aitken, Shaneen Allen.  He introduced his Attorney General, Chris Porrino, who was essential to the work done during his tenure to rationalize New Jersey’s gun restrictions in order to protect lives, especially in response to the 2015 murder of Carol Bowne of Berlin, New Jersey.

Christie went on to regale the audience with humor, excitement, and the upfront attitude he’s known for. Here are some of his thoughts:

On visiting Montclair, where he “didn’t get the warmest reception at Montclair High School:”

On his 2010 visit to MHS:

  • If you’re a leader, you go everywhere
  • You’ve got to show up
  • It’s harder to hate up close
  • Want to turn off the antagonism? Stick to the issues

On New Jersey’s big issues:

There is no discussion of the big problems…pension & healthcare, for example. Instead, we talk about recreational marijuana. The hell with property taxes. If you’re high all the time, maybe you don’t care.

General thoughts:

  • You have to have relationships with Democrats.
  • DeBlasio is a cautionary tale
  • Our state has gone overboard
  • We were not created to complain. We were created to act.
  • When you get done with Murphy, you’re going to think Jon Corzine was Thomas Jefferson.

In an unusual twist of fate, Mark Porter, who, during his career, had interviewed every New Jersey governor since Brendan Byrne except Governor Christie, finally got the chance to do so, however informally. Others’ comments:

“Chris Christie was my favorite part of the evening.”

“Sports, politics, family – I can’t wait to hang out with Chris Christie again.”

Five guests won copies of Christie’s new book, ‘Let Me Finish,‘ among other amusements.

To donate to the 2019 Lincoln Day Dinner Fund using PayPal or credit card, click HERE.

For more information on Montclair Republicans or Essex County NJ Republican Women, email &/or






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.