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Educators help elect pro-education candidates statewide
NJEA’s endorsements in federal, state and local elections helped propel pro-education candidates to widespread success on Nov 6.
While the results are still coming in, it is clear that Sen. Bob Menendez, a champion for labor and public education, was reelected in a hard-fought election. Additionally, at least nine NJEA-endorsed U.S. House candidates were elected, including Mikie Sherrill in the race for an open seat in CD-11 and State Senator Jeff Van Drew, who won the open seat in CD. Overall, all NJEA PAC endorsed incumbents were re-elected:
- Donald Norcross (CD 1)
- Josh Gottheimer (CD 5)
- Frank Pallone (CD 6)
- Albio Sires (CD 8)
- Bill Pascrell (CD 9)
- Donald Payne, Jr. (CD 10)
- Bonnie Watson Coleman (CD 12)
The race in CD3, featuring NJEA-endorsed candidate Andy Kim, is still too close to call.
Additionally, all nine of NJEA’s endorsed candidates for the special elections in the New Jersey Legislature won, including NJEA member Linda Carter.
That success carried to other elections as well. It appears that at least 54 of 74 NJEA-endorsed candidates at the county and local level were victorious, with some races still to be decided.
New Jersey voters also approved a $500 million referendum to fund improvements to school security and infrastructure, as well as to expand vocational education programs.
In Camden City residents voted to turn the Camden City Board of Education from a Mayor-appointed board to a voter-elected board, giving the residents of Camden a stronger voice in the future of their schools.
The reason for that electoral success is clear: 200,000 NJEA members across New Jersey remained committed to advocating for great public schools. Members across the state canvassed, phone banked and volunteered with the campaigns of our endorsed candidates. Most importantly, NJEA members voted. In an election as hard fought at this one, NJEA members’ work helped shape the outcome. By helping elect pro-education candidates at every level of government, NJEA members helped set the table for future success in advocating for students, educators and great public schools.