NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who joined a group urging a Republican congressman to distance himself from President Donald Trump’s policies says she quit her job after the congressman referred to her in a fundraising letter to her employer.
Saily (SAY’-lee) Avelenda says a handwritten note on a fundraising letter to Lakeland Bank from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen said a “ringleader” of the protest movement worked there.
Avelenda says that she wasn’t asked to resign but that being confronted about her outside activities led to her resignation.
WNYC-FM in New York first reported the letter Monday.
Avelenda is part of “NJ 11th For Change.” The group has criticized Frelinghuysen for not holding in-person town halls to discuss issues including the GOP health care plan.
Frelinghuysen’s office and the bank didn’t immediately comment.
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