Our Constitutional Rights to Petition Elected Official
Aug 30, 2013 — First, thanks so much to all who have signed this petition. And for those who are sympathetic with our cause, but may feel uncomfortable adding their names to a public document, I thought it might be helpful to post the language that guarantees each citizen's right to petition.
In the US Constitution, the first amendment in the Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
And in the NJ Constitution, Article 1, Section 18: "The people have the right freely to assemble together, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives, and to petition for redress of grievances."
And we all know that the best way to preserve our rights is to exercise them!