Senator Menendez Hosts Training in Burlington County Community College - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
New Jersey can be thought of as five regions, based on natural geography and population. Northeastern New Jersey, the Gateway Region, lies within the New York metropolitan area, and some residents commute into the city to work. Northwestern New Jersey, or the "Skylands", is, compared to the northeast, more wooded, rural, and mountainous. The "Shore", along the Atlantic Coast in the central-east and southeast, has its own natural, residential, and lifestyle characteristics owing to its location by the ocean. The central-west and southwest are within metropolitan Philadelphia, and are included in the Delaware Valley. The fifth region is the Pine Barrens in the interior of the southern part. Covered rather extensively by mixed pine and oak forest, it has a much lower population density than much of the rest of the state.
A Child Is Missing Alert Program held a press conference and training session hosted by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. At the press conference proceeding the training ACIM Founder Sherry Friedlander Olsen presented Senator Menendez with a plaque to show our appreciation for his continued support of ACIM.
Dr. Robert Messina, Jr. President of Burlington County College since 1987, as the third president, has so many accomplishments - from an award winning FM radio Station, expansion of the Curriculum and Physical sites hosted the event. Senator Menendez and A Child Is Missing thank him for his support.
Senator Menendez’s story is a quintessential American story. He grew up the son of immigrants in Union City and has risen to become one of 100 United States Senators. He has earned the reputation of a fighter for New Jersey families who puts their economic security and hometown security ahead of powerful special interests. A product of New Jersey's public schools and a graduate of the state's universities, Senator Menendez learned early on the importance of standing up for what's right, no matter how powerful the opposition. He first entered public service as a 19-year-old college student when he witnessed shortcomings in the public education system and launched a successful petition drive to reform his local school board.
The Senator has served as a school board member, a mayor and a state legislator. Since 1993, he has been standing up for New Jersey families in Washington, where he rose to become the third-highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. After being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Menendez was soon appointed to be a member of the Senate leadership during his first term, serving as the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Senator Menendez was sworn in to the Senate on January 18, 2006, having been appointed by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to fill the remainder of his term. Later that year, New Jerseyans elected Senator Menendez to serve a full six-year term as United States Senator. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Foreign Relations. Senator Menendez is also the Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development; and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs.
At the Training Press Conference Senator Menendez thanked A Child Is Missing Alerts for our service to the citizens of New Jersey and announced to the media in attendance that he will be introducing legislation to assist ACIM in the expansion and funding of our life saving programs. The Senator said "Every moment is critical when a child is missing. This legislation allows law enforcement to use proven techniques to instantly alert people to be on the lookout for a missing child.” He also said “Many of you think of me as your Senator, but I am also a father and I cannot imagine anything worse than being a parent and getting a call that your child is missing."
Sherry Friedlander acknowledged Senator Menendez as a champion for A Child Is Missing Alert in Washington DC that will benefit the entire United States.
Chief Harry Earle, Gloucester Police Department was in attendance. There were two cases in Gloucester that were successful recoveries that were run by A Child Is Missing. The Chief was very complimentary of the professionalism of A Child Is Missing and pledged his support.