The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee has voted to endorse U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for re-election, and Donald Norcross (CD-1), Jeff Van Drew (CD-2), and Andy Kim (CD-3) for election to the U.S. Congress. In CD-4 and CD-7 NJEA PAC recommended a voters’ choice. The endorsements of the incumbents in the seven remaining congressional districts had previously been approved in May. NEA’s Fund for Children and Education has voted to support NJEA PAC’s endorsements.

“NJEA members and their families know the vital importance of electing strong advocates for public education to public office,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “When we endorse candidates, it is because we believe they share our commitment to public education, public school students, and school employees. Few elected officials have been more effective advocates for public education than Sen. Bob Menendez, who has an ‘A’ rating from the NEA.”

“Every election is important, but with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Senate is vying to confirm a nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who has a record of siding with big corporations, supporting private school vouchers, and opposing workers’ rights,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “Bob Menendez opposes Kavanaugh’s confirmation and, if re-elected, will continue to fight for public education and labor as he has done throughout his service in Congress.”

“NJEA prides itself on having a sound, fair, and democratic member-led process leading up to the endorsement of a candidate,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “Each of these endorsed candidates has demonstrated their staunch support for NJEA’s goals. Now, more than ever, New Jersey needs reasonable, respected representatives in Washington who understand the complex issues facing our schools and our country.”

NJEA PAC voted on the recommendations of local interview teams from each congressional district.  Those endorsements are then referred to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education, which makes the final determination. Those endorsements are:

  • U.S. Senate: Bob Menendez
  • CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
  • CD-2: Jeff Van Drew (D)
  • CD-3: Andy Kim (D)
  • CD-4: YOUR CHOICE of Chris Smith (R ) or Josh Welle (D)
  • CD-5 Joshua S. Gottheimer (D)
  • CD-6: Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
  • CD-7: YOUR CHOICE of Leonard Lance (R) or Tom Malinowski (D)
  • CD-8: Albio Sires (D)
  • CD-9: William Pascrell (D)
  • CD-10: Donald Payne, Jr. (D)
  • CD-11: Mikie Sherrill (D)
  • CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)





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