Inserting itself into arguably the most competitive Democratic Primary in the state right now, the New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee today voted to endorse the two incumbents.
“NJEA members and their families take civic engagement very seriously,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “We know the importance of supporting and electing pro-public education candidates and the impact they have on our communities and our state.”
NJEA PAC voted on the recommendations of local interview teams and decided to back Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20), Elizabeth, and Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) of Roselle.
“We are humbled by the support that has been shown by the NJEA and we thank them for their endorsement today,” said the incumbents in a joint statement. “As proud products of the public education system, we understand that education is the foundation for a bright future. We proudly stand arm in arm with the New Jersey teachers that are on the front lines preparing our children for academic success. Neither of us would be here today without a quality public education – upholding that fundamental value has never been more important.
“Together, we are committed to standing up for working families and making sure promises made are promises kept – funding the pension is a top priority,’ they added. “We have always stood strongly behind organized labor and we always will.”
Competing for the endorsement, Holley and Quijano – who also have the endorsement of the Union County Democratic Committee – beat the team of Elizabeth School Board member Tony Monteiro and Giuliano Farina of Union; and Jorge Batista and his running mate, teacher Vivian Bell of Union.