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Congressional Candidate Opens Office in Howell

Democrat Brian Froelich to take on longtime incumbent Chris Smith

Spring Lake resident Brian Froelich is making his first foray into politics as he runs to represent the 4th District in Congress.

Having been interested in politics for as long as he can remember, Froelich said that interest has grown in recent years. "Now I'm interested, angry and involved," he said. After years of complaining to his friends about the political climate he said they were finally able to persuade him to run against Rep. Chris Smith in the November election.

Froelich said his desire to run was spurred by what he sees happening in Congress, specifically "all the name calling and not getting anything done."

With no political record of his own, Froelich said in many ways he is running on Smith's record, which he called "a series of myths." With a platform of fiscal responsibility, he said the increases in spending and deficits have gone against Smith's claims of being "fiscally responsible. "

"What he'll say and what the knee-jerk reaction is, is that it's not his fault," Froelich said. He added that during Smith's tenure he has had a Republican president for 20 years, a Republican Senate for 16 years and a Republican House for 14 out of the last 18 years. "The team that has been on the field lost the game and now they want back in," he said. 

As part of his efforts to take the seat from the incumbent Froelich announced he is opening his campaign headquarters in Howell leading up to Election Day. "If you look at Howell on a map it's dead center smack in the middle of the district," he said. "When you look at Route 9 and Interstate 195 they criss-cross the district perfect so from a physical geographical point of view, it's a perfect location."

Tomorrow night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Froelich invites members of the public to his new office to meet him and learn about where he stands on issues that matter to him. The office is in the Ideal Plaza at 2202 Route 9 South right next to .  

Coming from the business world Froelich said running for office has been a new experience and he believes the campaign office will help in that effort. "It gives me a physical place to conduct activities and for people to come to and coordinate their efforts," he said. 

The office will give people a place to go to meet Froelich but since he got the nomination and in the time until the election he said he expects to spend as much time around the district as possible. "I'm trying to get to as many events as I can," he said. Froelich said his travels give new meaning to the term "running" for office. 

Looking at the district Froelich said changes in the borders make it a much different terrain than what Rep. Smith was first elected to represent. "Everyone got pushed north," he said of the recent redistricting. Because of the shift, Froelich said he has about as much name recognition as the congressman. 

He said he hopes that will give him the edge in the upcoing elections. "I've been running around trying to meet as many people as I can," he said. "The objective is to meet 700 thousand people before the beginning of November. What I tell people is I'll go anywhere anytime to meet anybody." 

Election Day is still three months away but Froelich said he is looking forward to meeting more people and getting his message out before they head to the polls. 

To find out more about Froelich you can check out his website as well as his Facebook page. 

Kaitlyn Anness August 08, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Michael, I think you will want to visit the candidate's website. There is a section available for volunteers http://www.froelich4congress.com/volunteer.html
jerseyswamps August 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Mike, I bet you already do work for him. I checked your previous comments and this is your first post, EVER on Patch. You just discovered Patch? If you aren't new to Patch then you are so inspired by this candidate he's the reason you finally wrote something? I'm a bit suspicious. Perhaps you just want it to look like people are coming out of the woodwork to work for this guy?
Opinionated August 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
What he'll say and what the knee-jerk reaction is, is that it's not his fault," Froelich said. He added that during Smith's tenure he has had a Republican president for 20 years, a Republican Senate for 16 years and a Republican House for 14 out of the last 18 years. "The team that has been on the field lost the game and now they want back in," he said.....To MR FROELISCH: Knee-jerk? OK, why is it Rep. Smith's fault then? Second, why would a businessman who is knocking his opponent for being a public service lifer run alongside a president and senator who are exactly the same things? Third, if a team has "lost the field", why wouldn't they want to get back in if they believe they could do a better job? Otherwise they would just quit then. To Mr. Feldman, it is very good to see your enthusiasm but please attach yourself to better cause than this one. There are many better choices out there and your experience will be a more satisfying one. To Kaitlyn, exactly what line of business is this gentleman in anyway?
Jay Podell August 21, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Opinionated -- Froelich's business experience is on his website in the about section. I just found it by clicking the link that Kaitlyn posted but I'm sure you can find more info on him elsewhere. Looks like he's gotten his hands dirty in a ton of different business environments, most of which seemed to involve him playing a pretty crucial leadership role. Sounds good to me. Chris Smith has had his run and, as Froelich put it, it’s best his team stays off the field. House Republicans have been a thorn in the side of the American public and the legislative process as a whole for years now. If voters in District 4 can have any part in ousting an ally of the far-right from the House it would not only be a victory for NJ, but for the entire country. Smith’s time has long been up and it’s about time NJ helped put a stop to House’s radical conservative shift. Hopefully redistricting will allow voters of D4 to finally see the light, vote for Froelich and get Smith as far from the House as possible.
bayboat September 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I went to Frolicks website. what is on the first line on his website? "Brian Frolich is competent" Underwhelming to say the least.

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