Economic PAC chair seeks Republican candidate for Congress


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— New Jersey Organization for Economic Growth Chairman Joseph Caruso said the Republican Party should choose someone with private business experience to fill the seat of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) who announced last month that he is retiring from the House of Representatives.

"We commend Rep. Frelinghuysen for his service to our state and our nation," said Caruso, a Wayne resident who started the NJOEG PAC in December.

"In choosing a successor to Rep Frelinghuysen we think it is very important that the GOP be creative. We urge the Republican leaders select someone with a solid background in the private sector - someone who has run a business and knows what businesses need to thrive both in New Jersey and in the country."

Caruso said, "to beat a Democratic challenger in CD-11 in November, the GOP has to back a candidate who has bona fide business credentials and who is committed to backing an economic growth strategy while appealing to Millennials and other young voters who want good jobs and the ability to afford a house."

"The Republican candidate needs to be someone who understands and will support the new Trump Tax reform plan and can articulate how that tax plan, along with other measures, will create a more prosperous nation -and hope for young people," Caruso said.

The OEG chairman added that political experience is not necessarily an asset for a candidate to succeed Frelinghuysen.

"There are many fine people the GOP can choose for CD-11, but if the party is going to end up selecting a career politician, someone who has been in county or state government voting for bad budgets, a burdensome public pension system and tax hikes — while doing nothing to really work for economic growth — then I don't see how that helps the Republicans win in November, " added the chairman.

"Middle class voters are tired of the same old faces saying the same old thing. They want someone new, a fighter who will appeal to young voters as well as older residents. We hope the Republicans give them such a candidate," said Caruso.



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