Ed Potosnak Slams Congressman Lance for Putting Party Politics Before New Jersey Students

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Hillsborough – Ed Potosnak, Democratic Candidate for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, celebrated the passage of the Education, Jobs, and Medicaid Assistance Act at Auten Road Intermediate School in Hillsborough, while expressing his disappointment in Congressman Leonard Lance’s no vote on the key legislation yesterday.

“This year in New Jersey, education came under attack with some of the biggest cuts in funding, denying our students access to classes and science labs vital to their future,” said Potosnak.  “Right now we are weathering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the best way to get the American economy back on track is to ensure the best education for the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Potosnak criticized his opponent for voting no on the legislation, saying, “He sided, yet again, with national Republicans and voted to put more workers on the unemployment rolls, and cut the vital education programs and services that move American students from the classroom to the workforce.”

“This bill means law will mean $268 million for New Jersey schools.  The Education Jobs Fund Bill will restore or protect the jobs of nearly 4,000 qualified teachers.  As a teacher, I know how important this legislation will be for New Jersey’s working families and students.”

“Yesterday we witnessed the Lance-Christie Education Plan - lay off teachers, increase classroom size, and decrease the quality of our children’s education,” said Potosnak.  “America is losing its edge and this is not how we get it back.  When I go to Congress, I promise to continue to get the job done to improve our public school system, not dismantle it.”

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.
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