Congressman Rodney Frelingyusen was first elected to represent the 11th District, which encompasses mainly Morris and Essex counties, in 1995. Previously, he was a state Assemblyman and is currently a resident of Harding. The Republican incumbent recently announced his bid for re-election and sent out the following letter in to his constituents on April 3, 2012:
"It has been one of the high honors of my life to serve the people of this great state as their Representative in the United States Congress. I am humbled to have consistently received the trust and support of the residents of 56 municipalities across five counties.
"Last Friday, I filed nominating petitions with the New Jersey Secretary of State, officially signaling my intent to seek the Republican nomination in the newly-configured 11th Congressional District – 54 great communities, including Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange in Essex County. Today, I am formally beginning my campaign for re-election, asking our citizens toaffirm their trust once again.
"My approach to public service will continue to be straightforward: I will fight every day to improve New Jersey’s future and change the way business is done in Washington. I have a solid philosophical foundation, but I continue to strive to put fact-based problem-solving ahead of politics to address the challenges we all face.
"We all know family, friends and neighbors who have faced job loss and financial stress. That’s why our single-minded focus in Congress must be private sector jobs and economic growth and I will continue to press my action plan to attack this problem:
- Turn back job-killing tax increases and excessive regulations;
- Foster an environment where American businesses – large and small - can create private sector jobs and opportunities;
- Revamp the tax code with lower rates, no loopholes and much more simplicity;
- Cut government spending. New Jersey families have had to tighten their belts and do more with less. So should Washington!
"No matter the issue, I will continue to listen and actively seek my constituents’ opinions and advice so I can carry their concerns to Washington and fight for policies such as lower taxes, government accountability, stronger national security, and more economic security and freedom.
"Of course, I never forget that I come from a 9-11 state. And that is why I am absolutely committed to providing our men and women in uniform, the Department of Homeland Security and our first responders all the tools and resources they need to protect all Americans. And to restore America’s leadership position in the world.
"We all owe a great debt to the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. Tens of thousands of them are serving in harm’s way at this very moment. Others continue to sacrifice and contribute at bases far from their families. We are indebted to all of them – the military and their families alike – for making this the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
"I am once again, asking for the opportunity to lead America down the right path.We must fight to guarantee our national security and act to control the deficit and the national debt, as I have in my role on the House Appropriations Committee – the only committee to actually cut spending. By doing so, we will provide this generation and succeeding generations with a brighter and a better future.
"I pledge to continue to give my dedicated and tireless best effort to the people of Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange on issues large and small.
"In the months ahead, I look forward to meeting and listening to citizens in all 54 municipalities of the new 11th Congressional District."