Let Our Newest Members Know
That Ending Homelessness Matters
Democrat Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-1), Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-3) and Democrat Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) are the newest members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation.
MacArthur and Watson Coleman who were elected last November were sworn into Congress on January 6, 2015. Norcross was also elected in November but took office at the end of last year, as his seat was vacant due to Democratic Congressman Rob Andrews earlier resignation.
If you live or work in one of their districts, please take the opportunity to email or call their staffers currently assigned to cover housing and homelessness issues, introduce yourself and let them know that you care about ending homelessness and creating affordable housing.
“Democratic consultant Glenn Totten, who works on New Jersey campaigns, said Norcross’s positions reflect the views of his district, which isn’t as deep blue as some others represented by members of his party. Totten said Norcross showed the same independence in Trenton.
‘Norcross has been pretty much a centrist and portrayed himself as a pragmatist,’ Totten said. ‘His lean is clearly toward the center. He’s stepping out on the right foot,’” reported the Star-Ledger on December 14, 2014. Norcross will serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
“MacArthur, who is concerned about protecting the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in his district has also been assigned to the House Armed Services Committee.
A former member of the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 15th Legislative District, Watson Coleman is the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress.
“’Congress is getting a fighter,’ said Trenton City Council President Zachary Chester. ‘For those individuals who are less fortunate, who can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps, they have a congresswoman who will fight for them,” reported the Star-Ledger on January 6, 2015. Watson Coleman will serve on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Click here for the Star-Ledger piece on MacArthur.
Click here for the Star-Ledger piece on Watson Coleman.
Click here for the Star-Ledger piece on Norcross.
Click here for a contact sheet for New Jersey’s Congressional delegation, which includes staff contacts for housing/homelessness issues for Norcross, MacArthur, and Watson Coleman.