Election Connection


Following a strong campaign supported by NJEA members making phone calls and knocking on doors, Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling are the first Democrats to represent Legislative District 11 in Monmouth County since 1991. Here they are congratulated by NJEA member Will Potter and NJEA associate director of Government Relations Marybeth Beichert. From left: Potter, Downey, Houghtaling and Beichert.

NJEA members lead huge election victory

NJEA PAC-endorsed candidates score upsets

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

After months of extensive organizing and an unprecedented get-out-the-vote effort on behalf of NJEA’s endorsed candidates, NJEA members scored a big victory on Election Day.

Every incumbent Legislator who voted in favor of funding NJEA members’ pensions in June was re-elected.  And, in an upset made possible by the work of NJEA members in several tightly-contested races, at least three incumbents who broke the state’s promise to fully fund the pensions were defeated. A fourth race shows an NJEA-endorsed candidate narrowly leading, but that has not yet been called. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer celebrated the victory by pointing to the commitment the union made earlier this year to hold legislators accountable for their pension votes. Read more


NJEA takes pride in its ability to organize its members to participate in grassroots politics. The Governor and the Legislature make decisions that affect our schools, our students, our communities, and our profession. Grassroots politics is not just an option, it’s our obligation. Use these resources to make your voice heard on Election Day!

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