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Congressional Candidates Virtual Forum via Zoom

Congressional & Senatorial Candidates Virtual Forum 2020
Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston,  has long been a campaign stop for candidates for national, state, and local office. This fall we invited major party candidates for the 7th and 11th Congressional Districts (in which most of our members live), to join us for a Congressional Candidates and Senatorial Candidates Virtual Forums.
Candidates Rosemary Becchi, Senator Cory Booker, Rep. Tom Malinowski, State Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. and Rep. Mikie Sherrill participated in the Forums. (Senatorial candidate Dr. Rik Mehta (R), was invited to participate, but a date was not finalized.)
If you missed any of the Candidate Forums, view their Forum participation by clicking each candidate’s link below.

October 18: Link to Rosemary Becchi on the TBA Facebook page

October 20: Link to Sen. Booker on the TBA Facebook

October 20: Link to Rep. Malinowski on theTBA Facebook

October 22: Link to NJ State Senator Tom Kean, Jr on the TBA Facebook page
If you haven’t done so already remember to submit your ballot and vote! Step-by-step on how to submit your ballot!


Rosemary Becchi (R)

Rosemary Becchi (R)

Candidates Forum 2020

On Sunday, October 18, Rosemary Becchi (R) candidate for Congress, 11th District, participated in the Congressional Candidates Virtual Forum.

Link to Rosemary Becchi on the TBA Facebook page:

Rosemary Becchi is a tax policy lawyer and consultant who works as a Strategic Advisor and Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she specializes in tax and financial services matters.

Rosemary began her career in the public sector at the IRS as an attorney and advisor before moving on to the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as tax counsel. It was during her time on the Finance Committee that Rosemary co-authored the “529 college savings plans,” that are used today by parents across the country to help their children pay for college. She has also held in-house executive positions, including as vice president of federal government relations at Citigroup and Fidelity Investments, where she established the firm’s government relations office. Most recently, Rosemary was Chairman of the Board of Running Start, an organization dedicated to getting more women elected to public office. Rosemary is also the New Jersey Chair for Maggie’s List.


Captured at Fairfield Community Center in Fairfield, Iowa, USA — settings: Camera: ILCE-9, focal length: 50mm, SS: 1/320, Aperture: f/1.4, ISO: 80, Flash: off — by Kevin Lowery

US Senator Cory Booker— by Kevin Lowery

On Tuesday, October 20, Senator Cory Booker (D) participated in the Senatorial Candidates Forum.

Link to Sen. Booker on the TBA Facebook:

Cory Booker has spent his entire career running at the toughest challenges and bringing people together to accomplish things others said were impossible. And for the last 7 years as New Jersey’s Senator, he’s brought people together to deliver real results for New Jerseyans.

In 1996, Cory moved to Newark, New Jersey, to provide legal services for low-income families, and to help tenants take on slumlords, improve their living conditions, and stay in their homes. At age twenty-nine, Cory was elected to the Newark City Council, and beginning in 2006, he served as Newark’s mayor for more than seven years.

In 2013, Cory became the first African-American elected to the US Senate from New Jersey. In the Senate, Cory has  advanced economic opportunity and equal justice — including leading efforts to reform our criminal justice system, increase wages and ensure hard work is fairly rewarded, spur economic development and create jobs, and protect the rights of all Americans to breathe clean air and drink clean water . From taking on the NRA to stop the scourge of gun violence in our communities, to fighting for economic changes that lift up those who have been struggling and deliver opportunity for all, to protecting and expanding health coverage and fighting to drive down healthcare costs, Cory is fighting every day to make justice and opportunity real for everyone.


Rep. Tom Malinowski ( D)

US Congressman Tom Malinowski 

Representative Tom Malinowski (D), 7th District, participated in the Congressional Candidates Virtual Forum on Tuesday, October 20.

Link to Rep. Malinowski on the TBA Facebook:

Congressman Malinowski was elected to represent the 7th District of New Jersey in 2018, defeating incumbent Leonard Lance in a closely watched race. Rep. Malinowski serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee.  In his first two years in office, the Congressman has held over 60 town halls

Congressman Malinowski was born in Poland before fleeing to New Jersey with his mother at age six. He attended school in his hometown of Princeton before going to college at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating he received a Rhodes Scholarship and a masters from Oxford University. He worked in the Clinton Administration, speech writing for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President Clinton, before serving as Senior Director on the National Security Council. He then worked as the Washington Director for Human Rights Watch, where, among other projects, he worked alongside John McCain to outlaw torture, and ensure the right of Habeus Corpus to all prisoners. He then worked for the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human USRights, and Labor.

State Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

NJ State Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R), candidate for Congress, 11th District, will participated in the Congressional Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 22.
Tom Kean Jr. embarked on his career in public service after graduating from Dartmouth College. He received an appointment from President George H.W. Bush to work in the Environmental Protection Agency. He then had the opportunity to serve in Congressman Bob Franks’ office in Washington, DC as an advisor to the congressman on commerce, energy resources, environmental and foreign affairs issues. In addition to his professional duties in Washington, DC, he was a vice president of a fire department where he volunteered as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician
Following his time in Washington, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. There, he received a master’s degree in law and diplomacy, and was also employed as a graduate school instructor.
In 2001, Tom was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he quickly developed a reputation as a leader in ethics reform. Two years later, Tom was named to the upper house of the state legislature. Then in 2008, his peers unanimously elected him Senate Republican Leader. Additionally, Tom is an Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees of the Paper Mill Playhouse and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Representative Mikie Sherrill

Congresswoman Mikie Sherill

US Congresswoman Mikie Sherill

Rep. Mike Sherill (D), 11th District, participated in the Congressional Candidates Forum on Monday, October 26.
Naval Academy graduate, Navy Pilot, and former federal prosecutor – Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill proudly serves New Jersey’s 11th Congressional district and is running for re-election.
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Mikie flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. She worked on the Battle Watch Floor in the European Theater during the Iraq invasion, and served as a Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Mikie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Global History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Law Degree from Georgetown University
CongressMikie won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.She has authored eleven pieces of bipartisan legislation to fight the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, improve our healthcare system, strengthen our national security, and protect our academic institutions from foreign espionage. Four of her bipartisan bills have been signed into law. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and is the Chairwoman of the Science Committee’s Environment Subcommittee. A leader in the freshman class, Mikie is the Freshman Whip for the New Democrat Coalition and Vice Chair of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus


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