New Jersey Asm. Peter Barnes and East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl Spar at OU Advocacy-Sponsored Candidate Forum

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October 16, 2013                                                                         Roslyn Singer, 212-613-8227


New Jersey District 18 State Senate candidates Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18) and East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl sparred respectfully on the ways they will govern and philosophies they will bring to Trenton at Tuesday evening’s candidate forum sponsored by the Young Israel of East Brunswick and co-sponsored by the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s New Jersey office and the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County. Attended by more than 150 members of the Jewish community, the forum was held at the Young Israel of East Brunswick.

In their only debate before the November election, the candidates addressed issues of importance to the Jewish community, including school choice, healthcare, transportation, and property taxes. They both noted that the Orthodox Jewish communities in East Brunswick, Highland Park, and Edison are important constituencies and discussed their ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion. .

“We are grateful to Rabbi Jay Weinstein of the Young Israel of East Brunswick for recruiting the candidates to this forum,” said Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ. “We thank Assemblyman Barnes and Mayor Stahl for putting aside their differences in this hotly contested race in order to speak to the Jewish community before the election and educate us about their positions on various issues important to our constituency. Their presence and participation in this candidate forum—their only one before the election—demonstrates the importance of the Jewish community to the race.”

The State Senate seat was vacated by State Senator Barbara Buono, who is running for governor of New Jersey against Gov. Chris Christie. The New Jersey general election takes place on November 5, 2013.

The New Jersey office of OU Advocacy was established two years ago and opened its office in the Teaneck community earlier this year. OU Advocacy-NJ has focused its efforts on education affordability and is engaging elected officials to expand state funding for day schools. OU Advocacy-NJ is also implementing a statewide Get Out the Vote campaign to increase voter turnout.

OU Advocacy is committed to educating the Jewish community about candidates for office and their positions. As the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, the Orthodox Union is a not-for-profit and does not endorse any candidate.


The Orthodox Union is the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization; the OU Advocacy Center, formerly the Institute for Public Affairs, is the non-partisan public policy arm of the OU and leads its advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and state capitals.