Potosnak Ends 2012 Bid to Lead New Jersey League of Conservation Voters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Ed Potosnak proudly ended his 2012 bid for the United States House of Representatives on Monday to lead the non-partisan, non-profit, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) as the organization's Executive Director.

“I am honored to join the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters as Executive Director,” Ed Potosnak stated.  “This is a truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he exclaimed.  “I look forward building on the grass roots energy of the diverse membership of NJLCV to promote non-partisan solutions to our environmental challenges,” Mr. Potosnak continued.

“I am very grateful for the outpouring of support I received to bring my real world experience as a Chemistry Teacher and small bushiness owner to Congress,” Mr. Potosnak said.

“I will be working everyday to ensure our children and future generations have clean water and air, as well open space,” Potosnak concluded.

Ed Potosnak will begin as Executive Director of the NJ LVC on January 17th.

To learn more about NJLCV visit www.njlcv.org.

 
Congressman Barney Frank in NJ to Support Ed Potosnak's 2012 Bid for Congress PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2011 11:11

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June 18, 2011

 

Congressman Barney Frank in NJ to Support Ed Potosnak's 2012 Bid for Congress

Warren, NJ—Ed Potosnak, the 2012 Democratic Candidate for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District, welcomed Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) to Warren, NJ for a fund-raising event held in support of his upcoming campaign.

Congressman Frank is the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee and is also a New Jersey native.

"I'm glad to come back to my home state to support Ed Potosnak's election to Congress," remarked Frank. "I know he will be an excellent member of Congress who will help protect the important financial reforms we adopted last year and to reduce our federal deficit in a socially and economically responsible way."

The event was held at the Warren home of Roberta and Arnold Krumholz, with over 100 supporters, community leaders and elected officials in attendance.

"Tonight's event was a terrific success, and the large turnout demonstrates the commitment of our community to my campaign and changing Washington," said Potosnak.

"Republicans, like my opponent, want to go back to policies that didn't work. This early support will help us fight back against special interests and move forward with an agenda to create jobs, improve education, and stimulate research and development in our communities," Potosnak continued.

 
Potosnak Congratulates Kathy Huchul on Election Victory PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 23:46

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May 25th, 2011

 

North Plainfield, NJ—Ed Potosnak, the 2012 Democratic Candidate for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District released the following statement regarding the victory of Democratic Congressional Candidate Kathy Hochul in NY-26.

New York's 26th District is one of the most Republican Congressional Districts in the state. The seat became open following the sudden resignation of Republican Chris Lee.

"It goes to show that a good candidate, with a well run campaign, even in the toughest district, can win," Potosnak said.

"Voters in NY-26 rejected the Republicans' plan to gut Medicare and turn it into an inadequate voucher program. I'll fight to protect Medicare every day I'm in office." Potosnak concluded.

On June 18th, Congressman Barney Frank will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising event in support of Ed Potosnak's 2012 campaign for Congress in Warren, Somerset County, NJ.

 
Report Finds Increased out of Pocket Medicare Costs Soar Under Ryan Budget More than $7k PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:39

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May 23rd, 2011

Report Finds Increased out of Pocket Medicare Costs Soar Under Ryan Budget by More than $7k

North Plainfield, NJ—Ed Potosnak, the 2012 Democratic Candidate for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District released the following statement regarding the new report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

A new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released late last week finds that in every state, out-of-pocket health care costs will more than double for residents turning 65 in 2022 under the Republican budget, the so called "Ryan Plan" passed by House Republicans in April.

Congressman Leonard Lance supported the Ryan budget, which ends Medicare as we know it, turning Medicare into a voucher program.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that a typical 65-year-old Medicare beneficiary in 2022 would see their out-of-pocket health care costs increase from $6,154 to $12,513 under the Republican budget. Using that data along with cost-sharing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the JEC has estimated out-of-pocket costs on a state-by-state basis. While the increase varies by state, residents in all states will see their out-of-pocket expenses more than double when they turn 65 in 2022.

The report also shows that current Medicare beneficiaries will be harmed by the GOP budget, immediately losing preventive services such as mammograms and facing higher prescription drug costs.

Potosnak responded to the new report saying "According to Congress' Joint Economic Committee if the Ryan plan to turn Medicare into an inadequate voucher program, for which Congressman Lance voted, were to be signed into law, seniors across America would face bleak economic prospects. But with the exception of Florida, there is no state more disastrously impacted than right here in New Jersey. Congressman Lance has seen these numbers and well knows that by 2022 out of pocket expenses for the typical 65-year old enrollee in New Jersey would jump from $6,832.43 to $13,892.47, the second biggest increase in America ($7,060.03). I'll fight against that ever being enacted every day I'm in office."

Mr. Potosnak said, "Congressman Lance has changed since going to Washington, and his ever-changing policy positions are damaging America's future–Mr. Lance is not representing our families and businesses."

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Potosnak files 2012 bid for US Congress in NJ’s 7th Congressional District PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:56

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May 4th, 2011

Potosnak files 2012 bid for US Congress in NJ’s 7th Congressional District.

North Plainfield, NJ—Ed Potosnak, the 2010 Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in NJ’s 7th Congressional District filed with the Federal Elections Commission to run in 2012.

Ed Potosnak, a newcomer to NJ’s political arena, mounted a highly energetic, hard fought, issue-oriented campaign against the 20-year career politician Congressman Leonard Lance.  Potosnak’s grass roots campaign astonished political insiders when he earned the support of 71,902 voters, in a horrible year for Democrats. Potosnak received nearly the same percentage of the vote as the 2008 candidate who spent more than five times the money against Mr. Lance.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ed Potosnak put himself through Rutgers to become a scientist and a teacher. Ed is a chemistry teacher and an entrepreneur.  After growing up working in his parents’ small business he began a construction company.

“There are important things that need to be done in Washington and partisan politics are preventing progress. We need to work together to get the job done.” Potosnak said.

“As a small business owner, teacher and scientist, I have experienced firsthand the struggles New Jersey families are having in this economy – high unemployment, anxiety over whether you will have a job tomorrow, how you will pay for healthcare for your family – and concerns about our country’s struggles to compete in the global economy,” Potosnak added.

"Creating good jobs to secure America’s future, stimulating research and development, improving education so that future generations can innovate and lead, and protecting the American Dream are among my top priorities” explained Mr. Potosnak.  “Congressman Lance has changed since going to Washington, and his ever-changing policy positions are damaging America’s future.”

Potosnak continued, “Congressman Lance is voting the party line and America’s middle class is paying the price. Mr. Lance wants to take away Medicare from our seniors struggling on fixed incomes and to expand off shore drilling to build more rigs off the east coast like the Deep Water Horizon rig that caused an environmental catastrophe.  Since Republicans took control of the House all they have been doing is protecting Wall Street, big oil and big business rather than helping the middle class –Mr. Lance is not representing our families and businesses.”

New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Wisniewski said "It is great to hear that Ed Potosnak is seeking the nomination as a candidate for Congress against Leonard Lance in the 7th Congressional District.  I am confident that our democracy will continue to thrive when qualified people like Ed Potosnak choose to serve the public by running as Democrats.”

Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Marguerite (Peg) Schaffer, said: "Throughout his campaign for Congress, Ed impressed me with his innovative ideas and caring. I look forward to seeing what Ed will bring to his 2012 election campaign, given the extra time he has had to prepare." Chairwoman Schaffer added "it is great to see Ed's continued dedication to improving the lives of residents in Somerset County and throughout NJ.”

Mayor Mike Giordano of North Plainfield reaffirmed his support saying, “I am proud to support Ed Potosnak, a resident of the Borough, for Congress in 2012.  Ed is a teacher and strong advocate for our children.”

Hunterdon County Democratic Chairwoman Lois Zarish said "It's great Ed Potosnak is taking the steps to run in 2012 and build on the foundation he built in our District.  As a teacher and small business owner Ed understands the struggles of our middle class families. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Democrats."

Woodbridge Mayor John E. MacCormac said "Ed worked hard against all odds last year and he deserves another chance to advance his ideas in our district and compete for a Congressional seat."

Edison Mayor Antonia (Toni) Ricigliano said “Ed Potosnak has demonstrated an ability to assess a situation and come up with solutions to problems in a deliberate manner. Ed's honesty and respect for good government is refreshing in his quest to serve the public.” 

Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood, shared her feelings about Ed's decision to run again in 2012. "I am very excited Ed Potosnak is running for US Congress in 2012," Mayor Mahr said.  "Ed ran a solid campaign and demonstrated great tenacity in his 2010 challenge to unseat the veteran politician, Congressman Leonard Lance" she continued.

"Ed's authenticity is a breath of fresh air. Our municipalities and schools are struggling in these tough economic times, and Ed understands that the future of our nation is in jeopardy under the misguided proposals of the national GOP.”

Califon's Mayor, Charlie Daniel, was also pleased to learn of Potosnak's decision to run in 2012.  "Ed is a fierce advocate for the middle class.  His real world experience as a teacher and business owner is sorely needed in Congress."

On June 18th, Congressman Barney Frank will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising event in support of Ed Potosnak’s 2012 campaign for Congress in Warren, Somerset County, NJ.

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Ed Potosnak put himself through Rutgers to become a scientist and a teacher. He was born and raised in New Jersey. Growing up, he worked in his parents’ small business, manufacturing lifesaving communications equipment for police officers and emergency responders. Ed taught chemistry for over a decade at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers. He wrote and researched education policy as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. An entrepreneur and businessman at heart, Potosnak owns a small home repair business and lives in North Plainfield. Ed is openly gay.

 
Ed Potosnak Appalled Congressman Lance is Deceiving Voters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:24

“We must be vigilant in holding our elected representatives accountable. What our families and businesses need is the truth,” Potosnak explained. “They want their Congressperson to be upfront and honest with them and Congressman Lance has not been genuine,” Potosnak continued.

“Congressman Lance needs to come clean about the fact that he is costing the taxpayers of New Jersey twice as much by opting out of the federal health insurance” Potosnak demanded. “Congressman Lance is a career politician and will say anything to get reelected and I am hopeful that voters will have an opportunity to finally hear the truth from Mr. Lance personally,” Potosnak explained.

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Labor Organizations Endorse Potosnak PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 14:17

WOODBRIDGE—Ed Potosnak, Democratic Candidate for Congress, announced endorsements and support from labor organizations today.  Potosnak is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, the Middlesex County AFL-CIO, and the Transport Workers Union of America.

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Ed Potosnak: Right on Financial Reform PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 11:27

WOODBRIDGE– Ed Potosnak, Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, supports protections to prevent another recession or depression from devastating the American economy.  Ninety-one years ago today, the United States was devastated by Black Thursday, the sharp stock market crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression.  The dangerous financial practices that led the Depression were outlawed by Glass-Steagall, legislation that created financial regulations to protect consumers.  

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Ed Potosnak: Right on Job Creation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 08:38

WOODBRIDGE-- Ed Potosnak, Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, knows that job creation is the most important issue for Congress to address.  Potosnak has pledged to make job creation his top priority once elected.  Potosnak’s opponent, Congressman Lance, spent a mere 59 seconds speaking about job creation on the House floor in the past two years.

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