It was standing room only when Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, 11th District, visited College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) on April 20, 2012, as a guest of the world language and cultures program, in support of the global awareness focus of the College. More than 40 CSE students packed Annunciation Center room 218 to listen – and to question – the congressman about his experiences traveling the world on behalf of the American government, and his opinions of the issues currently in the headlines.
The questions ranged from immigration, North Korea, and Afghanistan, to global warming. He described his efforts to help immigrants achieve citizenship, warned of the threat of North Korea, believes in global warming, and voiced his support of the Keystone Pipeline, saying “If we don’t take the oil, China will.” When questioned about Cuba, the congressman said, “I think we need to call the regime what it is. It has been highly oppressive to the people of Cuba.” Likewise, he called Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, “a trouble maker in the region.” Speaking of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, Frelinghuysen stated, “The soldiers are not getting enough credit for the humanitarian work they do. They are proud of the work they have done.”
After posing for class pictures, the congressman toured the CSE chemistry labs made possible through his support.