STATE — The 125-member political action committee of the 200,000-member New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) has voted to endorse 100 candidates for election to the New Jersey Legislature this November.
The NJEA PAC Operating Committee (NJEA PAC) endorsed 67 Assembly candidates and 33 Senate candidates in 35 of the state’s 40 Legislative Districts. They include 17 Republicans and 83 Democrats.
“The future of public education in New Jersey is in the hands of our elected officials,” NJEA President Barbara Keshishian said. “The endorsed candidates were interviewed by county screening committees, which make recommendations based on established NJEA PAC Operating Committee guidelines.”
In races affecting Union and Middlesex counties, NJEA PAC endorsed:
- LD 12 Senate: Raymond D. Dothard (D); Assembly: Ronald Dancer (R) and Robert Clifton (R)
- LD 14 Senate: Linda Greenstein (D); Assembly: Daniel Benson (D) and Wayne DeAngelo (D)
- LD 16 Senate: Christian R. Mastondrea (D); Assembly: Marie Corfield (D) and Ida Ochoteco (D)
- LD 17 Senate: Bob Smith (D); Assembly: Joe Egan (D) and Upendra Chivukula (D)
- LD 18 Senate: Peter Barnes (D); Assembly: Pat Diegnan (D) and Nancy Pinkin (D)
- LD 19 Senate: Joe Vitale (D); Assembly: John Wisniewski (D) and Craig Coughlin (D)
- LD 20 Senate: Raymond Lesniak (D); Assembly: Annette Quijano (D) and Annette Quijano (D)
- LD 21 Senate: Thomas Kean, Jr. (R); Assembly: Jon Bramnick (R) and Nancy Munoz (R)
- LD 22 Senate: Nicholas Scutari (D); Assembly: Linda Stender (D) and Jerry Green (D)
In March, NJEA PAC endorsed Democrat Barbara Buono for governor, citing her outstanding record on issues that affect the state’s public schools, the students who attend them, and the people who work in them.
“Barbara Buono rejects the misplaced priorities of the past – priorities like tax cuts for millionaires while blocking an increase in the minimum wage; shortchanging public schools while allowing property taxes to increase by 20 percent; and demanding taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools while underfunding public schools by billions of dollars,” Keshishian said.
Buono’s selection of Milly Silva as her running mate further exemplifies the ticket’s commitment to New Jersey’s middle class, according to Keshishian.
“The working men and women of this state deserve better than what they have gotten over the past four years – higher property taxes than ever before and unacceptable unemployment levels,” Keshishian noted. “It’s time we stop protecting the interests of millionaires and reinvest in public education to ensure that our public schools remain among the very best in the nation.”
In April, NJEA PAC voted to support SCR-1/ACR168, the constitutional amendment that would increase New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage rate to $8.25 and make annual adjustments to the minimum wage rate based on any increase in the consumer price index (CPI).
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