NJEA’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) voted to endorse Amy Kennedy for Congress in New Jersey’s second congressional district (CD-2). That unanimous vote was based on the recommendations of an eight-county screening committee made up of NJEA members in CD-2.
The endorsement of Kennedy by NJEA continues the momentum behind her bid for Congress, building on her endorsement by the Communication Workers of America (CWA), her decisive win at the Atlantic County Democratic Convention, and a public poll showing her as the clear frontrunner in the race with a strong fundraising advantage heading toward the July 7 primary.
Kennedy is a former teacher and NJEA member in Northfield, Atlantic County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University. Since her teaching career, she has focused on mental health issues and education.
Kennedy pledged to fight for and enhance member salaries, pensions, and health benefits to retain and attract high quality educators in New Jersey’s classrooms and ensure equal access to high-quality public education regardless of ZIP code. She has stressed the need to reduce class sizes, improve school infrastructure and make free preschool available to every child in America. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy supports federal funding for states to deal with ramifications of the pandemic.
“Our members know an advocate when they see one, and that’s what they see in Amy Kennedy,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “Her commitment both to public schools and to the students and working families who rely on them will serve New Jersey well when she represents us in Congress. I know that Amy will keep the promises made to educators and make sure that at the end of their careers, New Jersey’s public school employees can count on retirement benefits we earn during a long career of service. She is the leader that CD-2 needs in these challenging times.”
“I am proud of the decision our members made to endorse Amy Kennedy,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “As an educator herself, she understands the day-to-day challenges faced by NJEA members and she shares our commitment to keeping our public schools strong and successful. She will be an outstanding advocate for students and educators and we look forward to helping her win this election.”
“The next Congress is going to have the very challenging task of leading our nation out of a pandemic and rebuilding our economy,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “Amy Kennedy understands that when you invest in people and communities—and especially in public education—you build the foundation for a fairer and more resilient society.”
Kennedy enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of her fellow educators.
“As a former public school teacher, a product of South Jersey public schools and the daughter of educators, I’m honored to have earned the support of my fellow educators and advocates,” Kennedy said. “Our educators work every single day for our children and our families. In Congress, it will be my privilege to stand up for the women and men across the country who work on behalf of our children and families.”
Including Amy Kennedy, the following candidates have been endorsed by NEA and NJEA for the July 7 primary:
CD-1: Donald Norcross
CD-2: Amy Kennedy
CD-3: Andy Kim
CD-5: Josh Gottheimer
CD-6: Frank Pallone
CD-8: Albio Sires
CD-9: Bill Pascrell
CD-10: Donald Payne Jr.
CD-11: Mikie Sherrill
CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman
On May 15, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the July 7 primary will be a primarily vote-by-mail election. All registered Democratic and Republican voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application.
Murphy indicated that a limited number of in-person polling places in each county will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote. He further indicated that the deadline by which votes must be received by a county Board of Elections to be counted as valid will be extended from 48 hours after polls close to seven days after polls close.
• June 16: Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election
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• July 7: Primary Election Day – If voting by mail, your ballot. MUST be mailed by this date.
• Oct. 13: Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
• Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election
• Nov. 3: General Election
Every vote-by-mail ballot that is postmarked on or before July 7, 2020, and that is received by July 14, 2020, at 8 p.m. will be considered valid and will be counted.