MAYOR BOLLWAGE EXTENDS INVITATION TO LEGISLATORS TO HOLD SESSION AT ELIZABETH’S FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE EXTENDS INVITATION TO LEGISLATORS TO HOLD SESSION AT ELIZABETH’S FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—July 7, 2014 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage extended an invitation to State Legislators to hold a session of the legislature within the City of Elizabeth's First Presbyterian Church.  
 
“As the first capital of New Jersey, home to our first Governor and the first Colonial Assembly, Elizabeth has played a vital role in our state's and nation's past,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. Striving to unite the community in this celebration, the City has been hosting a series of events throughout the year all over Elizabeth and we would love to include holding a session of the legislature within the City’s First Presbyterian Church, where the first Colonial Assembly met in 1668.”
 
The First Presbyterian Church was burned by British troops in 1780 and a new church was constructed using brick and red sandstone.   Many historical sites line the City's streets including the Belcher Ogden House and Boxwood Hall, which was home to Elias Boudinot, who was a lawyer, delegate and eventual President of the Continental Congress. Many other distinguished individuals called our historical City their home or visited the municipality, including George Washington, who came to Elizabeth on his way to New York to be sworn in as the first President of the United States. Alexander Hamilton attended school in Elizabeth as did Aaron Burr, who attended and also went on to become the President of the College of New Jersey, which is known today as Princeton University.
 
Building on its unique characteristics and assets, including direct access to the Seaport, the USS Holland, which was the first submarine, was launched in Elizabeth by the Crescent Shipyard. The Durant Motor Company, which was the first assembly line automobile producer in New Jersey, was also located within the City. These advances modernized and transformed the way transportation was approached as well as laid the foundation for how the most efficient and effective products could be achieved. Many impressive strides have been made throughout Elizabeth's past, with impacts that have improved the quality of life and altered the course of history. 
 
“Today, the City of Elizabeth continues to lead the way with innovation, development and inspired initiatives,” continued Mayor Bollwage. “What better way to celebrate the progress that has been made, as well as pay homage to our State's contributions and accomplishments, then by returning to the birthplace of lawmaking.”
 
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