At each stop — whether at a small café or a giant chocolate factory, a prison or a college, a military installation or a soup kitchen — I encountered everyday New Jersey heroes. The people I met demonstrate extraordinary compassion, service and courage in the work that they do and the lives they lead. I couldn’t be more inspired by or more proud to represent them in the U.S. Senate.
Each of the New Jerseyans I came across during our week long road trip — nurses, national guardsmen, small business owners, prison guards, public defenders, prosecutors, doctors, factory workers, veterans, students, the formerly incarcerated, law enforcement and emergency responders — work hard at their jobs. They work to put food on the table, to send kids to school, to make our communities stronger and to make our state a better place.