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NJ7 Forward Endorses Tom Malinowski for Congress in NJ-7

Tom Malinowski will be a powerful advocate for our district and our values in Congress.

WESTFIELD, New Jersey—Today, NJ7 Forward announces its endorsement of Tom Malinowski in the NJ-7 congressional race.

Tom Malinowski will be a powerful advocate for our district in Congress and will work to uphold the American values that are under attack by the current administration. He will be a strong voice for universal health care, a permanent solution for Dreamers, protections for the environment, the continued advancement of women’s rights, investments in infrastructure and funding the Gateway tunnel and the adoption of stronger gun safety policies.

With his experience in public service as an Assistant Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, he will hit the ground running in Washington, D.C., to protect the democratic institutions that keep us free and hold our leaders accountable when we need it most.

It is time for a change in New Jersey’s 7th congressional district. Leonard Lance’s votes throughout his time in Washington, D.C., have not been in the best interest of his constituents. Lance and his party have failed to make health care more affordable with Lance himself voting over 39 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, have failed to pass immigration reform and have failed to adopt any gun safety measures.

In this term alone, Lance has voted to allow coal companies to dump waste in our rivers and oil companies to pollute our atmosphere, has signed a letter supporting the repeal of net neutrality, voted to take away consumers’ rights to sue banks and credit cards in class-action lawsuits and has voted to undermine the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference into our elections. His voting record does not fit his district.   


About NJ7 Forward

NJ7 Forward is a grassroots coalition dedicated to protecting and representing the interests of constituents throughout the 7th congressional district. It monitors and publicizes Rep. Leonard Lance’s voting record and promotes transparency, ethics, and sensible policies.

On the Record: 7th Congressional District Democratic candidates

Michael Aron sits down with the three Democrats hoping to oust incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance. Tom Malinowski of Rocky Hill in Somerset County is a former assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration. Peter Jacob of Union is a social worker and was the Democratic candidate against Lance two years ago. Goutam Jois of Summit is a lawyer, football coach and a stand-up comedian.

Editorial: Prayers, Condolences Not Enough to Stem Gun Violence

“Rep. Leonard Lance, another friend of the NRA, issued a statement calling for the end of a 22-year restriction forbidding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying the links between mental health and gun violence. That’s all he had to offer? Study the problem?”

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Candidate for Congressional District 7 Forum

SCDC and SCFODW present: “7-for-07 Forum”
Meet the Candidates for CD07 Hosted by Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women and Somerset County Democratic Committee. Come November, we’ll put a Democrat in the House and return sanity to the US! Come and hear these fine candidates for NJ CD-7! Who are the 7 people running in the Democrat primary to replace Lance?

CD7 Congressional Candidate Forum

A moderated forum with the 7th Congressional District Democratic Candidates. The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee, along with the Municipal Chairs provided a platform where Congressional Candidates answered questions about the top issues impacting our state and our nation. All seven declared candidates participated.

Rep. Lance Demonstrates Lack of Leadership in Opposing Health Care Repeal Plan

Voting no was not enough. New Jersey’s 7th congressional district deserves better representation.

WESTFIELD, New Jersey — (May 25, 2017) — Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the health care repeal plan. It found the law would increase premiums by 20 percent next year and increase the number of uninsured by 23 million within a decade. Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents New Jersey’s 7th congressional district, demonstrated his lack of leadership and his lack of commitment to protecting his district’s sick, elderly and poor during the crafting of this legislation.

Last month, Lance voted against a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave up to 24,000 people in his district without health coverage. The vote came after Lance’s fellow Republican colleagues authored amendments that would allow states to waive the ACA’s standards on essential health benefits and on charging people with pre-existing conditions more.

But with such catastrophic stakes at hand, voting no on the bill was not enough. Where was the Lance Amendment to the Republican bill? If Lance wanted to protect the 24 million people who would lose their health care under the law, then why didn’t he author an amendment to make the bill better?

Since the vote, Speaker Ryan and other GOP colleagues are falsely claiming that premiums would go down. “We are disappointed that Congressman Lance remains silent while his fellow Republicans provide alternative facts about why they passed the AHCA,” said Catherine Riihimaki, who lives in Annandale, NJ, and part of the Indivisible Garden State Values group. “He needs to show leadership beyond isolated votes against his party’s terrible bills.”

Lance voted for the Republican bill when it was under consideration in the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March but then changed his position after the CBO scored the original version. Lance said he supports many ACA provisions, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

But then Lance did nothing. He sidelined himself from the negotiations surrounding the bill. He stated that he had not heard from U.S. President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence — who were talking other Congressional lawmakers to revise the bill — for weeks.

“While I am grateful that he voted against the AHCA, which threatens those protections, I would like to know what he is doing to advocate for me and the thousands of others with pre-existing conditions who live in his district,” said Catherine Riihimaki, a Clinton, NJ resident.

Doing nothing demonstrates Lance’s lack of leadership within his role in Congress. This should not come as a surprise; in 2015, Lance was named one of the least effective members of Congress with none of the 25 bills that he cosponsored at that point being enacted.

NJ7 Forward believes that the constituents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District deserve strong and effective representation. We urge Rep. Lance to fight harder for his constituents and against this bill when it returns to the House if and when the Senate passes it with their changes.

About NJ 7 Forward
NJ 7 Forward is a grassroots coalition dedicated to protecting and representing the interests of citizens throughout the 7th Congressional District. It monitors and publicizes Lance’s voting record and positions and promotes transparency, ethics and sensible policies.

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Name: Margaret Illis
Cell: 908-917-5958

American Health Care Act To Leave 42,000 People Uninsured in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District

Representative Leonard Lance is urged to vote against the bill this week.

WESTFIELD, New Jersey — (March 19, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote this Thursday on a bill which would result in an estimated 42,300 fewer residents of New Jersey’s 7th congressional district having health insurance coverage by 2026. This analysis was published by the Center for American Progress on Friday and based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) national estimates.

Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents the people of this district, has already voted for the bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as a member of the House Energy and Commerce committee without holding public hearings or waiting for a CBO analysis. His vote for this bill — which will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — has frustrated many of his constituents who have called and written his office, asking the congressman to vote against the bill and not to rush the legislative process.        

“This bill will likely increase health care costs for the poor, sick and old in our district,” said Stacey Gunderman, a resident of New Providence, New Jersey resident and a member of the NJ 7 Forward, a group representing concerned residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. “It’s really disappointing that he decided to vote for the bill. I’m not sure he knows what’s at stake here.”

That last point was made clear last week during a television interview when a journalist asked Rep. Lance if he knew how many of his constituents were covered by plans purchased through health exchanges set up by the ACA. Rep. Lance incorrectly said he believes the number was 5,000, but the actual number is estimated to be 24,000, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Even though a recent Monmouth University poll found that 51 percent of Americans prefer to keep and improve ACA, President Donald Trump and Republican leadership in Congress have continued to drive forward their plan to repeal and replace the legislation.

NJ7 Forward believes that the AHCA does not serve the interests of the residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District and urges Rep. Lance to vote against this bill, which is expected to leave thousands of his constituents without health insurance coverage. A protest against the ACA repeal and replace plan is scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. outside Rep. Lance’s offices in Flemington and Westfield, New Jersey.    


About NJ 7 Forward

NJ 7 Forward is a grassroots coalition dedicated to protecting and representing the interests of citizens throughout the 7th Congressional District. It monitors and publicizes Lance’s voting record and positions and promotes transparency, ethics and sensible policies.

Press Contact

Name: Margaret Illis
Cell: 908-917-5958