The endorsements come from a vote to NJEA’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC). Candidates were invited to respond to a questionnaire about their public education and labor priorities and invited to attend a screening with members of their local screening committee, made up of NJEA members from their district, and reflecting the diversity of NJEA’s membership. The screening committees made recommendations to the full NJEA PAC, which voted on their recommendations.
The candidates endorsed this week are:
LD 2: Vincent J. Polistina (R) for Senate and Donald A. Guardian (R) for Assembly
LD 4: Paul D. Moriarty (D) for Senate and Cody Miller (D) and Dan Hutchison (D) for Assembly
LD 5: Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez (D) for Senate and William W. Spearman (D) and William F. Moen, Jr. (D) for Assembly
LD 6: James Beach (D) for Senate and Pamela R. Lampitt (D) and Louis D. Greenwald (D) for Assembly
LD 7: Troy Singleton (D) for Senate and Herb Conaway, Jr. (D) and Carol A. Murphy (D) for Assembly
LD 8: Latham Tiver (R) for Senate and Anthony Angelozzi (D) and Brandon E. Umba (R) for Assembly
LD 9: Brian E. Rumpf (R) for Assembly
LD 10: Emma Mammano (D) for Assembly
LD 13: Paul Eschelbach (D) for Assembly
LD 14: Linda R. Greenstein (D) for Senate and Wayne P. DeAngelo (D) and Tennille McCoy (D) for Assembly
LD 15: Shirley K. Turner (D) for Senate and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D) and
Anthony S. Verrelli (D) for Assembly
LD 21: Jon M. Bramnick (R) for Senate and Michele Matsikoudis (R) for Assembly; Elizabeth Graner (D) and Nancy F. Munoz (R) are Your Choice candidates for Assembly.
LD 25: Anthony M. Bucco (R) for Sente and Aura K. Dunn (R) for Assembly
LD 28: Renee C. Burgess (D) for Senate and Cleopatra G. Tucker (D) and Garnet R. Hall (D) for Assembly
NJEA’s officers, President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer, Petal Robertson, reiterated their statement from the previous round of endorsements:
“We are proud that our members have endorsed a bipartisan group of pro-public education candidates for this November’s election. These candidates have taken the time to meet with our members and discuss the issues that matter most to educators and New Jersey families. They demonstrated that they respect the role educators play and we believe they will work with us to strengthen our profession, support our students and keep our schools the best in the nation.
“Even where the members who made these endorsements don’t agree with every candidate on every issue, we all agree that our students deserve a great education and we commit to working together to achieve that.
“We also know that an endorsement is just the first step. Our members are also committed to supporting these endorsed advocates of public education by making phone calls, knocking on doors, speaking to friends and colleagues and, most importantly, by voting for them. We are determined to once again elect a pro-public education majority in the New Jersey Legislature so we can continue to progress we are making and address the challenges we face.”