Protests Held Against the GOP Tax Bill Throughout New Jersey

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Contact: Michele Cook
Phone 917.634.2331
Action Together New Jersey


December 7, 2017

On Monday, December 4, 2017, New Jersey residents came together to protest the GOP bill that is poised to do so much harm throughout the state, and the country. In less than 24 hours, Action Together New Jersey and other groups throughout the state organized protests outside the New Jersey offices of each Republican Congressman from New Jersey. The goal of the protests was to make New Jersey people’s voices heard as the GOP tax bill passed the Senate and moves to the conference committee. Over 80 members of ATNJ worked to make these protests happen.

“We are elated that our voices were heard. The GOP has to own this tax scam of a bill. Our elected officials must work in a deliberate, transparent, and bipartisan approach to legislation, and that is not what is happening with this terrible bill.” – Uyen Khuong, Executive Director of Action Together New Jersey.

The breakdown of the protests outside each Congressman’s office demonstrates the power of people when they come together and organize to stand up against legislation that will harm so many from our own state. At each location, the numbers were significant:

    • CD – 2 (Mays Landing; Rep LoBiondo)
      • 45 people in attendance;
      • Organizations: ATNJ, Indivisible CM, SJ Democratic Women’s, SJ Women for Progressive Change, Atlantic County Young Dems, Atlantic County Dems;
      • Speakers included Caren Sollish Fitzpatrick and Ashley Bennett; John Armato, Tanzie Youngblood, Sean Thom were also in attendance.
    • CD 3 – (Marlton; Rep. MacArthur)
      • 60 people in attendance;
      • Organizations: ATNJ Ocean County, Toms River – Indivisible nJ3rd, NJOP, Waretown Democrats.
    • CD 4 – (Freehold; Rep. Smith)
      • 45 people in attendance;
      • Organizations included D4CC, People of the 4th, Indivisible Monroe, Indivisible Cranbury, People of the Fourth, VBNA Robbinsville action network, STAND and Indivisible 4th.
    • CD 7 – (Westfield; Rep. Lance)
      • 120 people in attendance;
      • Speakers included Goutam Jois and Linda Weber, with a statement from Lisa Mandelblatt
      • Groups included: Action Together NJ Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties, Westfield 20/20, We The People NJ07, NJ7 Forward, Progressive Hunterdon Dems, Branchburg Indivisible, Morris/Short Hills Action Network, Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope, Indivisible Princeton,
        Mount Olive Democrats.
    • CD 11 (Morristown; Rep. Freylinghausen)
      • 110 people in attendance;
      • Speakers included Tamara Harris, Mikie Sherrill, John Bartlett, and Martin Hewitt;
      • Groups included: ATNJ Morris County and Sussex County, NJ Working Families Party, BlueWave the 11th, NJ 11th For Change, the Indivisible NJ11, Morris County Democrats, MoveOn, NJ Citizen Action, Jefferson Township NJ Democrats, Chatham Moms for Change, NOW NJ, ATNJ Twitter Warriors with help from Flip Alabama.


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