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Hannen Supports Mayors Group Headed to Washington to Discuss Gun Laws

Cranford Mayor Hannen, along with 75 other New Jersey mayors agree with a push for gun control laws in Washington.

Editor's Note: It was originally reported that Mayor Tom Hannen would be joining Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr on a trip to Washington. Hannen didn't intend on joining the group, but fully supports the effort. Hannen will be in Cranford dealing with a "full-agenda" of Cranford items he told Patch.

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Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr will travel to Washington on Wednesday as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to petition members of congress to implement stricter gun control laws.


Mahr, along with eleven other New Jersey mayors, will meet in Cranford this morning to discuss their plan to tackle the issue. Also, the mayors will show members of the media at the Cranford Municipal Building a public service announcement featuring the family members of victims of gun violence and gun violence survivors.

The mayors intend to demand from congress that military style weapons be taken off the streets and guns stay out of the hands of criminals.

These twelve New Jersey mayors make up a group of 70 members from NJ in the coalition. Throughout the United States there are nearly 800 members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

At the Cranford Municipal Building on Monday, Jan. 14,  Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr, Mayor Thomas Hannen, Roselle mayor Jamel Holley, Former Governor Jim Florio, Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich and Michael Pohle, a Flemington resident who lost his son in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, will speak to the media beginning at 10 a.m.

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The following politicians are expected to attend the event:

Gov. Jim Florio

Senator Raymond Lesniak
Assemblywoman Linda Stender

Host – Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr.
Roselle Mayor Jamel Holly
Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr
Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover (another new member)
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage
Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs

Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca
Edison Mayor Toni Ricigliano
Hazlet Mayor Joseph Belasco (another new member)
Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini
Union Township Mayor Clifton People, Jr.
Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach (another new member)
Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn
Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace (Gloucester County)

Camilo H. Smith January 14, 2013 at 06:32 PM
CORRECTION: It was incorrectly reported that Mayor Hannen would be traveling to Washington with a coalition of mayors against gun violence. Hannen will be in Cranford dealing with a 'full agenda' and attending several meetings, including, among other things flood control.
Robert Smith January 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Is there going to be a story on the press conference?
J. Cortel January 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Good point Robert. Perhaps Camilo can obtain how many of these Mayors and other politicians who participated in today's event are licensed hand gun owners themselves ??
Camilo H. Smith January 15, 2013 at 05:11 AM
J. Cortel, At the moment I know of only one, Mayor Hannen.
Super January 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Great! So the tax payers of New Jersey get to pay for our Maors to go to Washington DC to push for laws that ALREADY EXIST IN NEW JERSEY! People in New Jersey ALREADY can't have high capacity magazines, need to have people sign that we're not crazy, and have background checks. It's all political manipulation of the uninformed.

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