An Update on Strong New Jersey

Written by The Two River Times. Posted in Letters & Commentary

Strong New Jersey Chairwoman Diane Gooch speaks with Re/ Chris Smith, who is chairman of the African Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Smith helped to obtain a health visa for Ker Deng and his caretaker, Agot Deng, so that Ker could receive potentially life-changing surgery at the Wills Institute in Philadelphia. Ker is now learning English and studying music at Lighthouse International, a school for the blind in Manhattan. Lighthouse's president and CEO is former Howell Township Mayor Mark Ackerman, who, with Smith, have been valuable partners in the effort to help Deng.

Published on October 13, 2011 with No Comments


By Diane Gooch


“WE PLAN AND God laughs,” so the old adage goes, and never have I felt more connected to that sentiment than now.  Many of our readers may recall that it was just over a year ago when I redirected the momentum and energy started by

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