Despite the months of hand-wringing by pundits around the state, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez sailed to re-election on Tuesday, defeating his opponent Bob Hugin, 53 to 44 percent. With unofficial voter turnout approaching 3 million, New Jersey saw unprecedented levels of midterm voter participation.
New Jersey’s 12 congressional seats were on the ballot as well, and Democrats picked up four seats. In Congressional District 3 (CD 3), Andy Kim defeated Tom MacArthur by a narrow one-point margin. In CD 2, Jeff Van Drew won election to the seat formerly held by Frank LoBiondo, by a margin of 52 to 46 percent. In CD 7, Tom Malinowski defeated Leonard Lance, 50 to 48 percent. Mikie Sherrill marked yet another victory for the Democrats, overcoming Jay Webber for the District 11 seat, 56 to 43 percent. Van Drew, Kim and Sherrill were endorsed by NJEA.
These victories contributed to the Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and putting New Jersey’s congressional delegation at 11-1 for the Democrats.
Public Question Number 1, the Securing our Children’s Future Bond Act, was successfully passed by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. This victory will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments in school security, county college projects and drinking water improvements.
Several seats in the state Legislature were up in special elections, with those previously appointed to those seats securing election in all races. All of NJEA’s endorsed legislative candidates were victorious.
NJEA and NJREA members around the state not only volunteered their time organizing their fellow members in support of these PAC-endorsed candidates, but they took the lead by volunteering directly in campaign offices and even helping run voter contact programs. Members spent countless hours organizing door-to-door canvasses, training volunteers, staffing phone banks, and ultimately, delivering victories for candidates who support public education.