Press of Atlantic City

Protests Converge At LoBiondo's Office

Press of Atlantic City — Thursday, November 10, 2005

From Press staff reports

Competing protest groups arrived at the Mays Landing district office of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, at the same time Wednesday to oppose Republican priorities in a budget package scheduled for a House vote today.

Michael Olender and Marilyn Carpinteyro, of New Jersey Citizen Action, delivered an upside-down cake to protest the Republicans' "upside down" priorities, which the group says call for $54 billion in cuts to food stamps, student loans, Medicaid and other programs that help the poor and middle class in order to make room for $70 billion in tax cuts, which benefit primarily the rich.

Dahlia Fayter, 88, of Egg Harbor Township and a member of Citizens for Progressive Representation, protested along with members of the Alaska Wilderness League a budget reconciliation bill that contains language authorizing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

It marked the first time, as far as LoBiondo's staff knows, that competing groups protested at his local office at the same time, said Jason Galanes, the congressman's press secretary.

LoBiondo was in Washington at the time, Galanes said. The groups met simultaneously with two LoBiondo staff members, who promised to relay their concerns to LoBiondo. He and his staff have met with the groups previously in separate, individual meetings over the past few months.

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