(Morristown) – October 26, 2010 – Standing on the Morristown train station platform alongside Chatham Boro Mayor Nelson Vaughn, Douglas Herbert hit Frelinghuysen on his silence during the debate over the ARC Tunnel. Doug said, “Rodney Frelinghuysen has chosen politics over real solutions. He realized it was easier to give into a member of his party than to fight on behalf of the people of the Eleventh District.”
Referring to Frelinghuysen’s previous support of the project, Doug said, “My opponent had been a steadfast and public supporter of the Hudson rail tunnel project. In fact, on his Congressional website, it is listed as one of his top three priorities. Yet, when our Governor killed the project, my opponent sat by silently.”
“This is just the type of infrastructure project, which will make New Jersey stronger. In the short term, the ARC tunnel would create 6,000 construction jobs, and in the long term, it would create 44,000 permanent new jobs. Our gross regional product is estimated to increase by $10 billion and our real personal income by $4 billion because of this project… This project is one which we need to support and to get done.”
“My opponent knew that before. Yet when push came to shove, when the time to stand strong was at hand, he gave in to party politics. He caved at the expense of his District. I will never do that, and it was wrong for him to do so. After 16 years, Frelinghuysen has decided to do what is easy instead of what is right. I promise you this: I will fight for our District, fight for our commuters and fight for the ARC Tunnel.”
Douglas Herbert is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and he currently resides in Chatham, NJ. He is running against the eight-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen.