Montclair Republican Committee Endorses Donald Trump

Dear Montclair Republican,

The Montclair Republican County Committee voted to endorse Donald Trump and the entire Republican line this election.  We encourage you to vote Republican.

Three reasons to vote Republican:

Health Care

Our health care system, while it could be the best in the world, is being hogtied by Democrats.  Their objective is socialized medicine (they call it public option or single payer to confuse people).  They knew Obamacare was flawed.  Their next step is to declare Obamacare a failure and say that we must replace it with socialized medicine.  Hillary Clinton was an early architect of this plan.


Regardless of what Hillary Clinton says, she will increase the size of government by increasing both taxes and spending.  Somehow, the tax-the-rich schemes always end up taxing the middle class.


The Democrats have continually advocated and enacted into law more and more unreasonable regulations that hamper economic growth and are a major burden on business and ordinary citizens, preventing economic growth.

There are many more reasons to vote Republican, but these three alone should be persuasive.

Guiding Principles

Montclair Republicans stand for limited government, personal liberty/responsibility, and economic opportunity.  Our core values align with those of the Republican Party in 2016. For more information, see the Republican Party platform at[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf

Montclair Republican County Committee
Roland Straten, Town Chair



Native Intelligence: Steve Rogers of Nutley, Navy & Fox News Visits Montclair Republican Club

Club Hosts Navy Intelligence Analyst Steve Rogers: Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm

steve-rogersReserve Your Dinner Meeting Ticket Now: Nutley Town Commissioner, U.S. Air Force & Navy veteran, Fox  News analyst and Trump campaign advisor Steve Rogers will address the Montclair Republican Club on Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm. We’ll return to Greek Taverna (292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) for yet another terrific gathering ($35/pp). Purchase your ticket using Paypal, debit or credit card by clicking HERE or send your RSVP to to arrange payment.

This election-season meeting is a great opportunity to introduce your sociable friends, neighbors and your family’s young adults to the Montclair Republican Club. See you on the 4th.

See and hear Commissioner Rogers in a 2015 interview on the subjects of ISIS and terrorism by clicking HERE.


Presidential Debate-Viewing Party: Monday, Sept 26, 8:30 pm

Debate-Viewing Party on September 26, 8:30 pm

Join in sociably with the Montclair Republican Club for a Debate-Viewing Party on Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:30 pm. Town Pub of Bloomfield (378 Broad Street at Pitt Street) will again be the location for the first presidential debate of the season. Order what you’d like off the menu…space limited. RSVP by email to

Club Hosts Navy Intelligence Analyst Steve Rogers: Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm

steve-rogersReserve Your Dinner Meeting Ticket Now: Nutley Town Commissioner, Navy veteran and Trump campaign advisor Steve Rogers will address the Montclair Republican Club on Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm. We’ll return to Greek Taverna (292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) for yet another terrific gathering ($35/pp). Purchase your ticket using Paypal by clicking HERE or send your RSVP to to arrange payment.

Both events are great opportunities to introduce a friend, neighbor or your family’s young adults to the Montclair Republican Club. See you on the 26th and on the 4th.


March With Montclair’s Leading Voice for Liberty

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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 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 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

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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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 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 to reserve your seat and pay at the door.

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


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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 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.

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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.