Yesterday, I took the oath of office to begin serving my fourth term in the United States Congress as your representative from the 5th District of New Jersey.
I’m deeply honored for the faith and trust that the people of northern New Jersey have again placed in me to serve as their voice in Washington, and I would like to take this time to reiterate my commitment to serving you.
While we face many challenges in the coming days, including mending our economy and combating unemployment, I look forward to working with Members from both sides of the aisle to reach consensus that will best serve the American people.
Upon his inauguration in 1985, Ronald Reagan said, “In this blessed land, there is always a better tomorrow…Let history say of us, ‘There were golden years – when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.”
My friends, what will history say of us? President Reagan challenged America to make the future worthy of the past. We too must undertake this great test. How can we make our future worthy of our past? We must rehabilitate our economy by helping small businesses to promote growth. We must protect our environment by searching for renewable energy sources and promoting conservation. We must shrink our mountainous debt by reducing wasteful government spending. And we must preserve and protect the individual freedoms of the American people.
As the 111th Congress begins, I will keep these challenges firmly in mind as I continue my work as your advocate in Washington. Thank you, and God bless America.
Member of Congress