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NJ Working Families: Architects of Jersey’s Midterm Blue Wave

NEW JERSEY-​​ The groundbreaking outcomes of the 2018 midterm elections, which flipped four  Congressional seats in the Garden State and made inroads in communities held by Republicans for  decades, were the results of the activism and work of many dedicated grassroots organizers. New  Jersey Working Families recognizes the efforts of these New Jerseyans, naming them as the Architects  of Jersey’s Midterm Blue Wave.

Alison Arne- Co-chair of Action Together Atlantic fellow

Amanda Devecka-Rinear – New Jersey Organizing Project Director

Amy Higer-SOMA Action Founding member

Ananya Singh- Student leader and environmental activist

Anna Wong- Indivisible CD-5 founder, Northeast Regional Director of Action Together NJ

Ayesha Mughal – STAND Central NJ

Barbara Blontsky- lead organizer of activist LTE’s in CD3

Barry Brendel- Our Revolution New Jersey Chair

Brent Garren – SOMA Action Volunteer Coordinator

Rev. Charles Boyer- Salvation and Social Justice Founder

Cathy Brienza – Ridgewood JOLT

Christian Estevez – Latino Action Network President

Christinah Akinsami- student leader and gun safety activist

Christine Clarke- Environmental Activist

Cindy Matute-Brown- West Orange Councilwoman-elect, Essex Rising founder

Colston Reed- Campaign Manager for Tom Malinowski

Craig Garcia- Director of Worker Organizing, Make the Road NJ

Debbie Rifkin- Indivisible Cranbury Co-lead

Doris Lin- N.J. Democratic Progressive Caucus Chair

Elizabeth Juviler – NJ 11th for Change Political Director

Elizabeth Meyer- New Jersey’s Women’s March founder and lead organizer

Erin Chung- Women for Progress Founder  Estina Baker – CWA New Jersey Senior lead organizer

Fatima Mughal- STAND Central NJ

Helen Duda- Action Together Atlantic County

James Rosenstein-Hopkins – formerly NJ Working Families organizer, newly minted into Amalgamated  Transit Union

Jean LaTerza Jordan- Action Together Gloucester County

Jessica Shaw- Secretary, SOMA Action

Jim Girvan- People’s Motorcade and Baby Trump Tour organizer

Jim Johnson- Voting rights and civil rights activist

John George- Director for Economic Policy, Action Together NJ

John Shaw- Action Together Ocean County

Joni Brennan- Our Revolution Ocean County

Judy Kelly- NJ 11th for Change field director

Justin Goldsman- Our Revolution Essex President and co-founder

Karen Haskin-STAND Central NJ

Kate McLaughlin- Nurse and Safe staffing activist

Katie Wertheimer- Planned Parenthood NJ public affairs coordinator

Kimelle Ash- Outreach and Constituency Coordinator for Andy Kim

Laura Zurfluh- Indivisible Cranbury Co-lead

Laurie Beacham- NJ11th for Change Media Director

Lena Smith – Food & Water Watch

Lillian Duggan- Westfield 20/20 co-founder and co-chair

Lillian Hawkins- SOMA Action President

Liz Glynn- NJ7 Forward Co-lead

Madeline Trimble- Indivisible CD5

Marci Bandelli- Westfield 20/20 Co-founder and Co-chair

Margaret Illis- NJ7 Forward Founder

Matthew Skeete-Our Revolution Essex Vice president

Maura Collinsgru- Healthcare Program Director of NJ Citizen Action

Missy Balmir – African American Political Vote Director for Bob Menendez for Senate

Mollie Binotto- Campaign Manager for Mikie Sherrill

Olga Starr- STAND Central NJ

Peter Jacob – NJ-07 activist and former Congressional candidate

Priti Bansal- CD3 activist and Twitter warrior

Rafael Chavez-Fernandez- Deputy Campaign Manager, Bob Menendez for Senate

Raj Bath – Main Street Alliance Organizer, NJ Citizen Action

Rasheida Smith- Statewide Field Director, Bob Menendez for Senate

Robyn Gedrich – Ocean County Young Dems

Rosalie Efthim- Editor of BlueJersey

Ryan Haygood- Executive Director, NJ Institute for Social Justice

Sara Cullinane – Executive Director of Make the Road NJ

Shevone Torres – Black Lives Matter Burlington County

Staci Berger- Central Jersey Progressive Democrats

Sue Altman-South Jersey Women for Progressive Change

Susan Coleman-NJ3rd.org creator and activist

Suzy Xander – Indivisible CD3

Tammi Bathke- Healthcare Director of Action Together NJ, co-chair ATNJ Burlington

Wendy Martinez- Latino Outreach for Bob Menendez for Senate, LUPE Action

Winn Khuong- Executive Director of Action Together New Jersey

Zack Caroll- Andy Kim Campaign Manager

The entire NJ Citizen Action team, especially Phyllis, Dena, Ann, Maura, and Beverly

*only lists activists who were not already featured InsiderNJ’s Power 100 List

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