Yesterday, Sunday, October 17th a debate was finally held. The Debate was held at WMTR Studio in Morristown. The people debating were Douglas Herbert, eight-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Libertarian Jim Gawron. What were they debating you might ask, they were debating on issues facing America and the people in the 11th district. One of the opening comments in the debate was said by Doug Herbert, he said: “The people of this district deserve a representative who is going to go down to Washington and fight on their behalf.” Frelinghuysen commented back by attacking Washington incumbents and Nancy Pelosi, in response, Doug said, “I would like to remind the Congressman that he is running against Jim and I. This election is about Rodney Frelinghuysen and his failed record.” Frelinghuysen just attacked Washington incumbents…he is an EIGHT-TERM incumbent in Washington.
The ‘Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act’ was brought up next, which Frelinghuysen voted against, but put 3,900 teachers back in their jobs in New Jersey. Frelinghuysen said “I support Governor Christie’s education reforms, and thought it unwise to pass this bill before they’re complete.” Doug opposed this by responding, “I support that bill, education is a long-term investment in our country, if we do not invest in education we will fall behind countries like China.”
A caller then called in about ‘Contract with America’, which among other things promised 12 year term limits which Frelinghuysen ran on in 1994. Frelinghuysen said, “I did not sign term limits.” Doug fought back saying, “I support the 12 year term limits, because we need to stop the political elitism in Washington- Congressmen who go down to Washington just for themselves and their own political interests.” Which is exactly was Frelinghuysen is and has been doing.
Next, a small-business woman called in from Parsippany asking the Congressman why he voted against the ‘Small Business Lending Fund’. Frelinghuysen said, “In my opinion people aren’t going to make the right type of investments.” Doug said, “Small businesses are struggling, the Small Business Administration has said that 75 percent of new job creation is going to come from small businesses. This is exactly the type of bill we need to get America working again.”
In his closing statements, Doug said: “The way we take America back is by taking Washington back from incumbents like Rodney Frelinghuysen on November 2nd.”
This debate was clearly a winning performance by Douglas Herbert. If you live in the 11th district please remember to go place a vote for him on November 2nd.