Today, New Jersey Working Families announced an additional slate of endorsements in national and local races. NJWF has endorsed Sen. Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, and in congressional races has backed Andy Kim (CD-2), Stephanie Schmidt (CD-4), Frank Pallone (CD-6), Tom Malinowski (CD-7), Albio Sires (CD-8), Bill Pascrell (CD-9), Donald Payne Jr (CD-10), and Mikie Sherrill (CD-11).
The organization also backed Moira Nelson and Michael Penna, the Democratic Monmouth County Freeholder Candidates.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime. While we believe in the necessity of competitive primaries, we know when it’s time to unite to fight to oust a dangerous threat to our democracy,” said Sue Altman, New Jersey Working Families Director. “We stand with nearly every member of our Congressional delegation- and progressive downballot candidates– as we fight to beat back racism, sexism, economic inequity, and the horrible effects of this godforsaken pandemic.”
Locally, NJWF has endorsed Rupande Mehta for State Senate, District 25; Moira Nelson and Michael Penna for Monmouth Freeholder; Wilda Diaz for Mayor of Perth Amboy; Judy Ward for Mayor of Pleasantville; Kate Barry and Amanda Richardson for the Harding Township Committee; Christy Lazarow and Jessica Almeida for West Caldwell Township Council; and Aaron Cooper, JeNell McRae, and Kevin Ruiz-Berroa for the Camden Board of Education.
They join already endorsed candidates like Amy Kennedy (CD-2), Bonnie Watson Coleman (CD-12) and Sean Spiller, who was recently elected Mayor of Montclair. Click here to see the full list of endorsements. The Working Families Party is a grassroots political party that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. In New Jersey, they’ve helped win important fights such as the fight to raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour, progressive taxation policies so that the rich pay their fair share, and making sure workers have earned sick leave, which just passed in 2019.
Nationally, the WFP helped elect longtime tenants organizer and progressive champion Jumaane Williams as Public Advocate in New York City, swelled the ranks of Chicago city council progressive caucus, made history in Philadelphia by electing Kendra Brooks, helped make Stephen Mason the first Black mayor of Cedar Hill, Texas, helped insurgent Latinx LGBTQ social worker Candi CdeBaca oust a longtime incumbent on the Denver City Council, and elected other council members from Morgantown, W.Va., to Phoenix, Ariz.