CU Advocates Meet with Congressman Van Drew, CU Intern Honored with Special Flag

Credit union advocates met Wednesday afternoon with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2) in his Mays Landing district office. Topics discussed included data security, cannabis banking, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and housing finance reform.

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Left-to-right: Michael DuPont, Board Director, Jersey Shore FCU; Gail Marino, President/CEO, Bay Atlantic FCU; Chris Abeel, NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs; Jim Burns, President/CEO, Jersey Shore FCU and NJCUL Board Director; Congressman Van Drew; Ernie Huggard, President/CEO, South Jersey FCU and NJCUL Board Treasurer; Bob Loftus, Board Director, Jersey Shore FCU; Ken Barnshaw, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, South Jersey FCU; Krunal Darji, Rowan University student and Research 1166 FCU intern; Annemarie Shinn, President/CEO, Research 1166 FCU and NJCUL Board Director 

Among the meeting participants was a Rowan University student who is currently interning at Research 1166 FCU. Krunal Darji is majoring accounting and last month became a U.S. citizen. As the meeting concluded, Congressman Van Drew surprised Darji with a flag that he had flown over the U.S. Capitol to commemorate Darji becoming a citizen.

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Congressman Van Drew presents Rowan University student and Research 1166 FCU intern Krunal Darji with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. Darji became a U.S. citizen in August

The League schedules in-districts meetings with members of state’s congressional delegation to enable credit union advocates to meet with their representatives in Congress without having to travel to Washington. In addition to yesterday’s meeting with Van Drew, credit union advocates have already met with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr, (D-9) in Paterson, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) in Somerville and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) in Long Branch. Additional in-district meetings are being scheduled as well as a November 13 Hike-the-Hill.  

The meetings are open to all NJCUL member credit unions. Anyone interested in participating should contact NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel at or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.