By Nov. 3, most Americans will have voted by mail or gone to the polls to elect a president and vice president and their representatives to the United States Congress. New Jersey voters will elect 12 members to the House of Representatives and one U.S. senator. NJEA and NEA have endorsed candidates and one U.S. senator. NJEA and NEA have endorsed candidates in 11 congressional districts.

New Jersey voters in Legislative District 25 will vote to fill an open seat in the state Senate and the General Assembly. Each candidate was screened in their congressional district (CD) or legislative district (LD) by a committee of NJEA members who analyzed their responses in an interview and on a written questionnaire. For incumbents, their voting records were reviewed by the committee.

The committee’s recommendations were submitted to the NJEA PAC Operating Committee for consideration. NJEA PAC’s recommendations for the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate were then sent to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education for final endorsement. Endorsed candidates were invited to submit a brief statement for publication in the NJEA Review.

Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives

CD 1

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DONALD NORCROSS, D

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“As a father and grandfather, I want a better future for the next generation. That’s why I stand with our teachers, ESPs, parents and children as we fight the coronavirus and work to properly equip our schools for safe reopenings. I’m a union member myself, so you can count on me to focus on jobs and higher wages, health care and retirement benefits, great public schools, and affordable higher education opportunities through my service on the House Education and Labor Committee.

CD 2

Amy Kennedy for New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

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AMY KENNEDY, D

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“As a former public school teacher and mental health advocate, I understand the challenges we face as a community. When Jeff Van Drew switched parties, I knew that South Jersey was in need of a leader who would serve our communities and not themselves. In Congress, I will fight for the educators and educational support professionals of South Jersey.”

CD 3

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ANDY KIM, D

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“As a proud public school kid from Jersey and a dad to two baby boys, I’m honored to be endorsed by NJEA. Our public schools are the bedrocks of our communities, and every day in Congress I’m fighting for our teachers and educational support professionals. Thank you for everything you do.”

CD 5

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JOSH GOTTHEIMER, D

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“A good education is key to opportunity and achieving the American Dream, which is why it should be a basic right for all children, not just a privilege for the few. As a teacher’s son, I know how critical education is to ensuring our students can compete and win in the global economy. I also know that none of that would be possible without our hardworking teachers and educational support professionals, and I will continue to fight for you every day in Congress.”

CD 6

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FRANK PALLONE, D

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“I am proud to receive the endorsement of NJEA for my re-election to Congress. In these unprecedented times, it has never been more important to stand in solidarity with school employees and the members of NJEA who work hard to safely provide the best education for our children.”

CD 7

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TOM MALINOWSKI, D

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“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of NJEA. In New Jersey, we have chosen to invest in the best public schools in the country, and that investment pays off for our kids and our economy. I will continue to fight in Congress for the help our students and educators need to get through the pandemic and to make our schools even better.”

CD 8

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ALBIO SIRES, D

“As a former educator and NJEA member, I understand how important the whole school community is to a student’s development, and that experience encourages me to fight for the highest quality education for our students at every level. We must invest in our children, from pre-K through high school as well as ensuring that post-secondary education is more affordable.”

CD 9

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BILL PASCRELL, D

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“Educational professionals are the very backbone of America. Facing extraordinary challenges, we must ensure that they are supported and safe in the classroom. As a former public school teacher, I stand with our teachers and educational support professionals and will fight for federal aid for schools and state and local governments.”

CD 10

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DONALD M. PAYNE JR., D

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“This will be the most challenging school year we have ever faced. Teachers and educational support professionals are rising to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic and policymakers must ensure that you are equipped to succeed while staying safe. You can always count on me as your ally and champion.”

CD 11

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MIKIE SHERRILL, D

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New Jersey has the best public school system in America because of the dedicated teachers and educational support professionals who ensure our students thrive. I’ve proudly fought for our public schools and will continue to work for increased support during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m honored to have the endorsement of NJEA.

CD 12

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BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, D

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Education is the great equalizer. I have always been and continue to be committed to providing every child with the opportunity to receive a safe and quality education. There are no greater resources for our children than our teachers and our school support staff, and it is my priority to ensure that every tool and resource is given to our school employees necessary to deliver the excellent education our students deserve. I will continue to work to invest in early childhood education, fight to strengthen our public schools, and make higher education more affordable.

CD 25

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ANTHONY BUCCO, R

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“I’m proud to have NJEA’s endorsement based on my bipartisan record of fighting for high quality public schools and the education professionals who support them. From improving school safety, to restoring and reforming paycheck cuts as a result of Chapter 78, I always have an open door and welcome your insight to improve public education.”

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AURA K. DUNN, R

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“As the mother of two children who have graduated from, and one who is currently attending New Jersey public schools, I have seen firsthand the passion with which education professionals in our schools do their jobs and what excellence in education truly means. I am proud to stand with New Jersey’s world-class public education professionals.”

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