Published on Saturday, August 6, 2016
The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee has voted to recommend to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education the endorsements of 11 candidates for election to the U.S. Congress, including three Republicans and eight Democrats. The endorsements in congressional districts three, four, five, and seven join those that had previously been approved in April.
NJEA PAC voted to concur with the National Education Association’s (NEA) endorsement of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Secretary Clinton has a proven track record of leadership on education,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “We are at a critical moment for public education and the choice could not be more clear: we need Hillary Clinton to ensure that the future of public education in this country is focused on the needs of our students and not on the needs of corporate profiteers.”
Finally, NJEA PAC voted to initiate screening candidates for endorsement in the 2017 gubernatorial and legislative primary elections. Screening of candidates does not indicate that an endorsement in the primary will definitely be made.
“NJEA members and their families are committed to supporting candidates who recognize the national benefits of a quality system of public education and who respect and support the work of public school employees,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “We are proud to endorse these candidates on the basis of their commitment to public education and New Jersey families.”
NJEA PAC votes on the recommendations of local interview teams of members from each congressional district.
The full list of NJEA PAC endorsements are:
- CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
- CD-2: Frank LoBiondo (R)
- CD-3: Tom MacArthur (R)
- CD-4: Lorna Phillipson (D)
- CD-5 Joshua S. Gottheimer (D)
- DC-6: Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
- CD-7: Leonard Lance (R)
- DC-8: Albio Sires (D)
- CD-9: William Pascrell (D)
- CD-10: Donald Payne, Jr. (D)
- CD-11: No Endorsement
- CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)