|Name||Catherine J. Barrier|
|Address||13 Oliver Street |
Somerset, New Jersey 08873-2142, United States
|| 00, 1958
Jun 08, 2021 04:00pm
|Info||Over the years, promises have been made to the people of the 17th legislative district, promises that the overall quality of life and education would |
improve especially for minorities if the Democrats stayed in power. For too long those lies have been promulgated and too little done. This same kind of thing has happened in other parts of the state as well, as the Rev. Al Stewart of the Black Ministers� Council pointed out two years ago, when he announced his endorsement of the then Republican candidate for governor.
In reality, in the 17th, life for the average person has improved very little. Our property taxes are still high and continually increasing--and too many of our schools have failed at educating too many of our young Latino, Black, Asian, and White children. Too many in our State are without adequate health care; auto insurance premiums are exceedingly high; and State spending is out of control. Instead of a better life, we�ve been left with little more than broken promises after two years. It�s time for a change.
In fact, enough is enough! It�s time to move beyond broken promises and on to something better. It�s time to elect a female, Republican, legislative candidate who will sincerely, faithfully, and courageously work to represent all the people of the 17th legislative district, and Republican Catherine Barrier is the right candidate for that job.
Catherine Barrier was born in Syracuse, New York in 1958 and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Upper Darby High School and then majored in English and music at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. About this time, she also worked as a waitress and doing clerical work in a number of small businesses.
As a college student, Ms. Barrier decided she�d like to experience living in another country and reasoned that the best way to be able to do so would be to apply for grants to study abroad. She ended up spending her junior year abroad in France in 1979-1980 and then, for all but a few months, lived and worked in France until December 1982. This, coupled with administrative assistant positions she held in several major corporations in both France and the U.S. corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and L.E.R.S.-Synthelabo, gave her valuable corporate business experience and broadened her understanding of working with people from many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Once back in the States, Ms. Barrier graduated PHI SIGMA IOTA from Rutgers University with a B.A. in French in 1985 and then earned a Masters degree in French from Rutgers in 1988. She is a life member of PHI SIGMA IOTA, THE foreign language honor society. PHI SIGMA IOTA is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. It promotes international communication and understanding and stands for freedom of mind and democracy of learning.
Over the years, Ms. Barrier taught a variety of subjects at various levels. Currently an instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) at Rutgers University, she has previously taught French at Montclair State University and Rutgers University, spent several years teaching developmental English composition and critical reading comprehension courses in the Rutgers English department at New Brunswick, substitute taught within the Piscataway School District, and tutored and privately taught English, French, ESL, and piano.
Ms. Barrier worked in publishing for four years in South Plainfield and North Brunswick--in the editorial and marketing departments and she is a freelance writer, editor, and translator, as well as the founder and director of the Central Jersey Christian Writers� Fellowship (CJCWF).
Ms. Barrier is a New Jersey licensed real estate agent and was nominated for a position on the Franklin Township Board of Adjustment in 1999, but the party in power appointed one of its own instead. That same year, she was appointed to the Municipal Ethics Board in Franklin to fill an unexpired term.
Elected by the people in November 1999 as a Councilwoman-at-Large in Franklin Township (population 50,903+ according to the 2000 Census about one quarter of the 17th district�s population), Ms. Barrier has since served on a number of township boards, committees, and commissions, namely the:
* Business & Industry Advisory Board
* Somerset County Coalition on Affordable Housing (SCCOAH) Board
* Somerset County Action Program (S.C.A.P.)
* Hamilton Street Revitalization Advisory Board
* Integrated Communications Committee (ICC)
* Hamilton Street Clean & Safe Committee
* Middlebush By-Pass Committee
* Youth Services Commission/Alliance Against Drug, Alcohol,
& Substance Abuse and the
* Failed School Budget Review Committee (2003)
* Human Relations Commission (Franklin Township)
* Traffic Management Committee
A few years ago, one of Ms. Barrier�s Jewish friends told her something that touched her deeply. He said that he had known many politicians and people in politics over the years and had noticed something significant about her. "They never stop being politicians,� he said, �but you never stop being a public servant.� Ms. Barrier was especially honored to receive that compliment.
Besides her work for the township, Ms. Barrier is active in various other organizations, some of which include:
* Somerset County Federation of Republican Women
* Middlesex County GOP Women�s Club
* Somerset County Governing Officials Association (SCGOA)
Within the community, Ms. Barrier is a member of Maranatha Baptist Fellowship in Somerset and serves once or twice a month as a Nursing Home Sunday Church Service Leader at the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home in New Brunswick.
Ms. Barrier believes strongly in our American representational form of government. Like Patrick Henry, who in May 1775 had had enough of King George III�s lack of wisdom and tyranny and recognized the need to gain independence from a misguided ruling power, Ms. Barrier recognizes that it�s time to move beyond the broken promises made by the Democrats and from their tendency to serve their friends, family members, and special interests and on to something better statewide. It�s time to make government not only work for the people but become responsible again, as it was when first founded in the late 1700�s and especially to and for those living in the 17th legislative district.
For good government for the people; for leadership and responsibility, not broken promises; for a change from �business as usual� in Trenton; vote for Catherine J. Barrier for State Assembly on November 4th!