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State Eliminates History Funding!


In order to help balance the budget for 2003, Governor James McGreevey has proposed eliminating state funding for history and the arts. This measure endangers the future of The New Jersey Historical Society and numerous other cultural organizations who receive critical operating and project support from agencies like the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Your voice is crucial in the effort to convince the legislature to rethink this dangerous step and restore the sorely needed funding.

Write a letter! Please write to your state legislator and tell him or her why the state should not eliminate funding for history, culture, and the arts. Let him or her know what The New Jersey Historical Society means to you, your family, and your community. It is imperative that we are heard now, before the budget hearings begin in March.

This sample letter can be used as is or be modified to fit what you specifically would like to say. Just make sure to fill in the bolded sections of the letter: the date, legislator's name and address, and your phone number.

Find your legislator and click on your hometown to find your legislatorsí names, contact information, and specific role (including committee assignments).

Note: The letters must not only go to your own district legislators, but also to legislative leaders who will have a large say in restoring the funding. A list of these legislators and their contact information follows. Please write to as many representatives as possible!


Senator Wayne Bryant
Co-Chair, Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee,
501 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Fax: 856-541-0426
Email address: Senator Wayne Bryant

Senator Robert Littell
Co-Chair, Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee,
P.O. Box 328
Franklin, NJ 07416
Fax: 973-827-0348
Email address: Senator Robert Littell

Assemblyman Louis Greenwald
Chair, Assembly Budget Committee,
231 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-2421
Fax: 856-428-1358
Email address: Assemblyman Louis Greenwald

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman
Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee,
226 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Fax: 609-633-2179
Email address: Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny, Jr.,
235 Hudson Street, Suite 1
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Fax: 201-714-9825
Email address: Senate Democratic Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny, Jr.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph J. Roberts,
Brooklawn Shopping Plaza
Route 130 South and Browning Road
Brooklawn, NJ 08030
Fax: 856-742-1831
Email address: Assembly Majority Leader Joseph J. Roberts

Assembly Speaker Albio Sires,
303 58th Street
West New York, NJ 07093
Fax: 201-854-4818
Email address: Assembly Speaker Albio Sires

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