On Nov. 6, Americans will go to the polls to elect 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 in 10 congressional districts.

New Jersey voters in four legislative districts (LD) will vote to fill open seats in the state Legislature.

Each candidate was screened in his or her 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.

Candidate for the U.S. Senate

NJEA Menendez

Sen. Bob Menendez

Throughout his two terms as a United States Senator, Bob Menendez has been highly accessible to NJEA members. He has attended and spoken at several statewide conferences, most recently the NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference last February. His voting record and his public commentary have consistently demonstrated his commitment to New Jersey’s children and the public schools they attend.

For these reasons, it is no surprise that NJEA’s 125-member PAC Operating Committee recommended Sen. Bob Menendez for re-election this Nov. 6. 

Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives

Norcross

CD-1: DONALD NORCROSS, D

As a father and grandfather, I want a better future for the next generation. That’s why I’m standing up to Trump in defense of our core American values. As the only New Jersey member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, you can count on me to focus on jobs and higher wages, great public schools, and affordable higher education opportunities.
VanDrew

CD-2: JEFF VAN DREW, D

I’m proud to stand up for teachers and educational support professionals who play a vital role in the education of our children. It is imperative to support their work by fighting to make sure critical resources reach the classroom so we can provide our kids with a high-quality education.
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CD-3: ANDY KIM, D

As a graduate of South Jersey public schools, it’s an honor to earn the support of NJEA teachers and educational support staff. Great schools are the cornerstone of our community, and I will work hard to combat efforts to defund public education. I will tirelessly advocate for educators, support staff, and students.
Smith

CD-4: CHRIS SMITH, R*

Thank you to teachers and educational support professionals, who educate and inspire future leaders every day. I strongly believe that the federal government must prioritize education funding, and my landmark laws on autism research and veterans’ educational benefits underscore my dedication to New Jersey students, parents and local school districts.
Welle

CD-4: JOSH WELLE*, D

I believe that access to a quality education is key to creating a strong and talented workforce to make America more competitive in the global economy and, as the son of an English teacher, I know that investment in our teachers and educational support professionals is an investment in our economy.
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CD-5: JOSHUA S. GOTTHEIMER, D

I’m proud that the Fifth District is home to some of the best schools in the entire country. As a parent, I am grateful for all that our incredible teachers and educational support professionals do to provide every child with an opportunity to succeed. In Congress, I’m working hard to ensure public education is a priority, to strengthen school breakfast programs, to safeguard clean drinking water, and to protect the safety of students and teachers on buses and in their classrooms. I am honored to have earned the support of our local teachers and educational support professionals and will always fight for our shared Jersey Values.
Pallone

CD-6: FRANK PALLONE, JR., D

I am proud to receive the endorsement of the NJEA for my re-election to Congress. Now, more than ever, I stand committed in my support of school employees and members of the NJEA who work hard to provide the best education for our children.
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CD-7: LEONARD LANCE*, R

I am a proud product of New Jersey’s excellent public schools. I know educators have difficult jobs that require support and resources. That is why I have fought hard for education priorities in both Trenton and in Washington. I promise to continue fighting for the best interests of New Jersey’s teachers and support staff.
Malinowski

CD-7: TOM MALINOWSKI*, D

New Jersey is proof positive that when we invest in our schools and education professionals, it pays dividends in student growth. I want to expand funding for education on the federal level, and I will defend the hard-earned right of our education professionals to bargain for the support that they and the students they serve deserve.
Sires

CD-8: 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.
Pascrell

CD-9: WILLIAM PASCRELL, D

Our nation’s educators are working too hard for too little, and I’m in the fight to give teachers and educational support professionals the support they need while ensuring the freedom to make decisions about what’s best in the classroom. As a former teacher myself, I believe Congress must protect and strengthen federal support for our public education system, especially early childhood education, and resist cuts to education programs.
Payne

CD-10: DONALD PAYNE JR., D

Public education provides an opportunity for all students in America. Therefore, we must ensure that adequate resources are available to support students, especially those most in need and to make college more affordable. We must also provide the necessary training to strengthen teacher quality pipelines and to protect employees’ rights and benefits.
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CD-11: MIKIE SHERRILL, D

I am a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, and the proud product of public schools. As a parent of four children who attend public school, I know that the public school system is the backbone of our education system and our communities. If elected, I will continue to support and fight for public education.
Coleman

CD-12: BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, D

I’m committed to providing every child with the opportunity to receive a quality education. There are no greater resources for our children than well-prepared teachers, quality school staff, and schools that have every tool 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. I applaud the NJEA for their leadership and thank them for their support.
*Candidates marked with an asterisk indicate a “your choice” endorsement. In those districts you may find more candidates are listed than there are positions up for election. “Your choice” indicates that each of the candidates listed meet NJEA’s standards for endorsement.

Candidates for the New Jersey Legislature

Jackson

LD -15: VERLINA REYNOLDS-JACKSON, D

Thank you, NJEA teachers and educational support professionals, for this prestigious endorsement. Henry Ford once said, ‘Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.’ Let’s continue creating job opportunities, investing in your workforce and protecting union rights. We all want quality public education for your members and all students.
Verrelli

LD-15: ANTHONY VERRELLI, D

Assemblyman Verrelli has devoted his life to public service and promoting job creation as an elected official, union carpenter and business agent. In the Assembly, Anthony looks to continue to serve the 15th Legislative District making sure everyone has the opportunity for fair wages, good benefits, and the ability to retire with dignity.
LindaCarter

LD-22: LINDA CARTER, D

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LD-32: PEDRO MEJIA, D

I am proud to support the NJEA’s efforts to provide public school children with a great education. I am committed to fighting against measures that would divert public resources away from public schools and into charter schools, which have insufficient state regulations. Furthermore, I support the rights of the NJEA to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions for public teachers, paraprofessionals, and all support staff who have been subjected to wage stagnation for far too many years.
Timberlake

LD -34: BRITNEE TIMBERLAKE, D

Education establishes the foundation of our society, and every student should have access to quality, affordable education. Our students deserve the best, and the men and women who are devoted to teaching deserve full support. As an Assembly Education Committee member, I will be a staunch advocate for students and educators.
Calabrese

LD-36: CLINTON CALABRESE, D

Education is the bedrock of our social and economic development. Teachers and educational support professionals in our schools serve not only to educate and assist our students in school, but have a lifelong impact on their lives. I look forward to continuing to work with NJEA on issues affecting education in New Jersey.
Lagana2

LD -38: JOSEPH LAGANA, D

Swain2

LD-38: LISA SWAIN, D

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LD-38: CHRISTOPHER TULLY, D

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