Only 4 of 12 NJ Reps Backed Amash

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama Phone RemixThe Amash Amendment to curb the NSA’s data collection program failed narrowly in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, by a vote of 217-205.

Democrats supported the measure by a 111-to-83 margin; House Republicans voted 134 to 93 against it. And for those of you who like to keep track, only four of New Jersey’s 12 representatives backed the amendment.

An eclectic collection of Garden State congressmen – Chris Smith (R-NJ04), Scott Garrett (R-NJ05), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ09), and Rush Holt (D-NJ12) – voted for passage.

Four New Jersey GOP’ers – Jon Runyan (R-NJ03), Leonard Lance (R-NJ07), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11), and Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ02) – joined the majority in voting NAY. They were accompanied by three Democrats: Albio Sires (D-NJ08), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ10) and Rob Andrews (D-NJ01).

Frank Pallone missed the vote altogether, presumably because he’s in the middle of a quixotic primary campaign to succeed Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate.

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