NJ Politics Digest: Frelinghuysen Agrees to Meet Constituents—in Washington

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen will meet constituents in D.C. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It took months of pressure, but U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen has agreed to meet with voters from his district, as long as they head down to his office in Washington. The group NJ 11th for Change is scheduled to meet today with the congressman, who prefers holding invitation-only telephone town halls. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican who met face to face with groups of voters during town hall meetings earlier this year, is preparing for another event later this month.

Gov. Chris Christie is still making news for his endorsement last year of then-candidate Donald Trump, saying on Monday he’d hoped his backing would make the controversial real estate magnate “better.”

And the New Jersey activist (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) who pursued a citizen’s complaint against Christie stemming from the Bridgegate scandal is now turning his aim on former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, currently serving house arrest in his posh vacation home for shaking down United Airlines.

Quote of the Day: “Rodney always meets with constituents. Despite a schedule that already includes over two dozen meetings with New Jersey residents this week, he’s glad that we were able to establish mutually convenient times for several of these groups to meet.”—Spokesman Steve Wilson, on U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghusen‘s decision to meet in Washington, D.C., with a group of his New Jersey constituents who have been pressuring him to hold a town hall.

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