Let’s not sell ourselves short.

Posted on December 27, 2021.

After four years of widening divisions and a presidency bought and paid for by special interests, 2021 was the year Democrats in Congress and the White House pointed us in a better direction.

There's still a lot to do, of course, and in the next few days, we'll talk more about how we can keep making progress in 2022. In the meantime, let's not sell ourselves short. In 2021, we accomplished a lot.

Will you help us keep up the good work by donating before our big year-end fundraising deadline? Early pre-2022 grassroots momentum is everything right now.

A lot of the news coverage I've seen has focused on Democrats disagreeing, and gridlock in Congress, rather than the results we delivered for working families, so I want to highlight some of our most important accomplishments of 2021:

With bipartisan support, Congress passed a historic infrastructure bill with a focus on job creation and an eye toward combating the climate crisis. The bill will fund the sort of projects that will better prepare our New Jersey communities to face harsh storm weather.

I'm also happy to tell you that my resilient highways bill was included in the final package, which will make our roads better able to resist extreme weather events.

We fought hard to make sure our veterans have access to the care they need. In July, more than 100 of my colleagues signed on to my plan to devote $500 million to veterans suicide prevention efforts. And in August, we secured $60 million in funding to build a state-of-the-art outpatient veterans health care facility in Toms River.

The American Rescue Plan provided critical relief for families struggling to get back on their feet during the pandemic. That bill expanded the child tax credit, extended unemployment benefits, made health care more accessible and affordable, supported small businesses, and enabled millions of people to get the COVID 19 vaccine.

And, because government service is both big projects and attention to detail, I am also thrilled to report that, in 2021 alone, my office helped our local small businesses secure more than $5 million in loans to help them survive the pandemic. In addition, we worked with more than 2,000 New Jersey constituents to recover more than $12 million in their hard-earned dollars that they were owed by various federal agencies.

There's a lot more we could talk about, and – as I said – a lot more left to do. But that doesn't take away from the very real accomplishments of the last year.

Now, I'm facing what could be the most difficult race of my career in 2022. I'm asking for your support before the end of the year because our New Jersey district is one of the top Republican targets. Their dark money surrogates have been pouring in big bucks to attack me all year.

Fight back. Organize to win next year. Donate now.