PISCATAWAY – Citing his support for biotech research, public education and higher education, the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFT-NJ) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors (AAUP-AFT) today endorsed U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for re-election.
“Educators throughout New Jersey know that Senator Menendez places tremendous value on public education and the people who work with our students every day,” said Donna Chiera, President AFT New Jersey. “Senator Menendez secured more than a billion dollars through the Recovery Act to keep New Jersey teachers in the classrooms. He has also supported early childhood education and has fought for federal resources for teachers’ professional development. We have been able to count on Senator Menendez to fight for us and that’s why we’re ready to fight for him and help get the vote out on November 6.”
“Senator Menendez understands that government has an important role to play in helping public education succeed, whether it’s in an early childhood education program or New Jersey’s largest state university,” said Adrienne Eaton, President Rutgers AAUP-AFT. “The 6,000 members of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT as well as many Rutgers students have benefited from Senator Menendez fighting for federal resources to keep our academic and research programs on the cutting edge. He has also fought to expand federal financial aid programs to help students realize their full potential through higher education. We are proud to stand with Senator Menendez.”
“Research at Rutgers University is paving the way to future treatments and cures that will not only improve people’s lives but also play an important role in our nation’s future economic prosperity,” said Jay A. Tischfield, Ph.D., FFACMG. “Senator Menendez appreciates the needs of families suffering from devastating diseases and has introduced legislation supporting diagnosis, treatment and research on disorders such as Autism, Tourette Syndrome and Alzheimer Disease. Not only has he supported research done at our nation’s great universities, but he has also bolstered the private sector’s ability to use our research to help develop new product and innovations with his legislation that secured $52 million in tax credits for 133 biotech firms in New Jersey. That’s real federal involvement helping us to better lives, more jobs and greater prosperity. That’s why we’re proud to stand with Senator Bob Menendez.”
“I have been a proud Rutgers alum for many years, and I am just as proud to have the kind endorsement of the thousands of Rutgers faculty members and the AFT educators throughout the state,” said Senator Menendez. “The chance to attend public school, college and law school made a tremendous difference in my life. And I am never going to stop fighting to make sure our young people get every chance we can give them to succeed, from their early childhood to their college graduation. I deeply appreciate the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors. I will not let them, or any New Jersey student, down in the U.S. Senate.”