CU Advocates Attend Congresswoman Sherrill’s District Office Opening

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) and credit union advocates were on-hand Monday as Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11), one of the four new members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation, held a celebratory grand opening of her district office in Parsippany.

Although officially open for business, the office has yet to be fully furnished or have phone and internet service turned on due to the partial government shutdown. Sherrill is among some members of Congress who have refused to accept a paycheck until a deal is reached to re-open the government.

The event was an opportunity for credit union advocates to demonstrate to a new Capitol Hill lawmaker their commitment to participating in the public policy process to ensure credit unions are best able to serve their members and communities. NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel was joined at the event by Paul Camella (Pinnacle FCU), Sandy Mullins (Advanced Financial FCU), Tom Quigley (XCEL FCU), Bob Steeves (Essex County Teachers FCU) and Trish Shermot (Visions FCU). Mullins, Quigley and Steeves live in Sherrill’s district, which makes their attendance even more valuable.

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Left to Right: NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs, Chris Abeel; XCEL FCU Chief Marketing Officer, Tom Quigley; Congresswoman, Mikie Sherrill (D-11); and Visions FCU Government Relations & Engagement Officer, Trish Shermot.

During her campaign for Congress, Sherrill took time to meet with credit union leaders at the NJ Credit Union League’s offices in Hightstown. Having demonstrated an understanding of and appreciation for credit unions and the industry’s public policy agenda, the League supported her general election campaign with the maximum allowable CULAC support.

Sherrill also has scheduled her first town hall meeting for 7 p.m., January 22 at the Hanover Township Community Center on North Jefferson Road in Whippany. That event is set to last two hours and admission will be “first come, first seated. for the first 400 attendees,” according to her press release.

Attendance at these sorts of events is open to all member credit unions and the increased emphasis on them is part of the League’s newly re-organized Legislative Committee, Political & Legislative Action Network (PLAN) and Army of Volunteer Advocates. Anyone interested in participating in League grassroots activities in encourage to contact Chris Abeel at cabeel@njcul.org or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.