Senate Dems hold first-ever ‘Twitter Town Hall’

TRENTON – New Jersey Senate Democrats are taking to Twitter to engage constituents.

The caucus will host its first-ever “Twitter Town Hall” Monday afternoon featuring Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City. Residents will have the opportunity to fire off questions to the Southern N.J. Democrat – 140 characters or less, of course.

“With advances in technology, we’re given new ways to interact with the people who’ve elected us to represent their interests in our state’s capital,” Whelan said in a statement.

“Our Twitter Town Hall event will be the first of its kind in the New Jersey Legislature, and will hopefully establish a model for other legislators to follow,” he said. “I look forward to hearing from my constituents and answering their questions.

The live hour-long web chat will be broadcast on the Senate Democrats’ uStream channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njsendems) beginning at 3 p.m. It will be moderated by Barbara Altman of 1400 WOND AM.

According to Senate Democrats, people with questions can tweet them to Whelan’s twitter handle, @SenJimWhelan, or e-mail them to the district office at SenWhelan@njleg.org. Whelan will continue to take questions until the time the web chat begins, officials said.

Senate Dems hold first-ever ‘Twitter Town Hall’