A month ago I posted an article about the Fiscal Cliff which turned out to be a moderate win for the White House. It was probably less of a win for the American public, given the behavior of some in Congress. Because of expected fighting between Republicans and Democrats in Washington you may be smart to keep in touch with your Congressman or United States Senators. I’ve updated the list of our New Jersey representatives and their district offices as there have been changes. For example, due to the 2010 Census and redistricting, New Jersey is now allocated only twelve Congressman not thirteen. Congressional district lines have also changed, resulting in the relocation of a few Congressional district offices.
If you wish to telephone your Representative or Senators, listed below are the telephone numbers of their Washington office and district offices. Phone calls are most often taken by a staff member. Ask to speak to the aide or legislative assistant who handles the issue of your concern. Also listed is the link to their email contact form.
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D)
Senator Robert Menendez (D)
1st District – Robert Andrews (D)
Haddon Heights 856-546-5100
2nd District – Frank LoBiondo (R)
Mays Landing 800-471-4450 or 609-625-5008
3rd District – Jon Runyan (R)
Mount Laurel 856-780-6436
Toms River 732-279-6013
4th District – Chris Smith (R)
5th District – Scott Garrett (R)
Glen Rock 201-444-5454
6th District – Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
New Brunswick 732-249-8892
Long Branch 732-571-1140
7th District – Leonard Lance (R)
8th District – Albio Sires (D)
Jersey City 201-309-0301
West New York 201-558-0800
9th District – Bill Pascrell (D)
10th District – Donald Payne, Jr. (D)
Jersey City 201-369-0392
11th District – Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)
12th District – Rush Holt (D)
West Windsor 609-750-9365
Other useful website are:
Communicating with Congress – by Congress.org – providing a lot of tips such as the fact that our representatives prefer to receive email. However, it gives the phone number for the U.S. Capital Switchboard, 202-224-3121.
Contacting the Congress – by Juan Cabanela. A site that has been around since 1995. Enter your address to identify who your representative is, and then complete a form. Almost as easy as sending a postcard.
Find Your Representative – by U.S. House of Representatives. “Identify your member and let your opinion be heard.”
Additional links for New Jersey elected officials are available on a page of the New Jersey Community Resources website.
Keep in mind the income inequality gap between low and medium income earners and the top 1% has widened considerably in the last 30 years. The vote to avert the “fiscal cliff” did not change this fact. Continue to make your voice heard.