AFL-CIO releases its general election endorsements


More than 600 delegates representing 1,000 labor unions and 1 million members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO convened at Caesars Atlantic City June 16 & 17, 2015, to participate in the endorsement process for one New Jersey Senate seat, 80 state Assembly seats and for a slate of 48 rank-and-file union members seeking public offices at every level of government.

CLICK HERE for a list of this year’s endorsements.

We also made labor history this year thanks to our many affiliates who sent a record number of young workers to our annual legislative endorsement conference as delegates. These new delegates, who represent the future of the labor movement, participated in our democratic process as never before.

“It is crucial that we unify behind incumbent and first-time candidates who understand the many challenges facing middle-class families and who will work every day to put the interests of their communities first,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “We must work to elect candidates who will do all they can to create and protect family sustaining jobs, grow our economy, fund public pensions, support public schools, expand project labor agreements, push for affordable college tuition,  fund our infrastructure, advance statewide earned sick leave and endorse Buy American legislation.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has built the country’s best Labor Candidates Program, achieving 817 union member election victories since 1997. Union members now represent working families in the U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate and Assembly, on County Freeholder Boards, in our towns as Mayors, Aldermen, Committee and Council members, Fire Commissioners, and on School Boards.

“Advancing a working families’ agenda depends on our electoral efforts, but also on engaging progressive community partners with a unified labor movement,” added President Wowkanech. “This past year has seen explosive growth of our young workers movement and great strides in immigrant empowerment by partnering with various community organizations. As we’ve seen time and again, everything is possible when we work together.”

This year’s conference was distinguished by the following keynote speakers: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who is spearheading the national young workers movement; State Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto; Clayola Brown, President A. Philip Randolph Institute; and Jennifer Higgins, Professional Staff Representative, AFT 1904.

District 1

Bob Andrzejczak* (D)

District 2

Vincent Mazzeo* (D)

District 3

Adam Taliaferro* (D)

John Burzichelli* (D)

District 4

Gabriela M. Mosquera* (D)

Paul D. Moriarty*+ (D)

District 5

Senate Nilsa Cruz-Perez* (D)


Angel Fuentes* (D)

Marianne Holly Cass (D)

District 6

Pamela R. Lampitt* (D)

Louis D. Greenwald* (D)

District 7

Troy Singleton*+ (D)

Herb Conaway* (D)

District 8


District 9


District 10

Kimberley S. Casten (D)

Valter Must (D)

District 11

Joann Downey (D)

Eric Houghtaling+ (D)

District 12

Anthony Washington (D)

David W. Merwin (D)

District 13

Jeanne Cullinane (D)

Thomas Herman (D)

District 14

Daniel R. Benson* (D)

Wayne P. DeAngelo*+ (D)

District 15

Reed Gusciora* (D)

Elizabeth Maher Muoio* (D)

District 16

Andrew Zwicker (D)

Maureen Vella (D)

District 17

Joseph F. Danielsen* (D)

Joseph V. Egan*+ (D)

District 18

Nancy Pinkin* (D)

Patrick J. Diegnan Jr* (D)

District 19

Craig J. Coughlin* (D)

John S. Wisniewski* (D)

District 20

Annette Quijano* (D)

Jamel Holley* (D)

District 21

David Barnett (D)

Jill Anne Lazare (D)

District 22

Gerald “Jerry” Green* (D)

James J. Kennedy (D)

District 23

Maria Rodriguez (D) MaryBeth Macaig (D)

District 24


District 25

Richard J. Corcoran III (D)

Thomas Moran (D)

District 26


District 27

John F. McKeon* (D)

Mila M. Jasey* (D)

District 28

Cleopatra G. Tucker* (D)

Ralph R. Caputo* (D)

District 29

Eliana Pintor-Marin* (D)

L. Grace Spencer* (D)

District 30

Jim Keady (D)

District 31 Angela V. McKnight (D) Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D)

District 32 Angelica Jimenez* (D) Vincent Prieto* (D)

District 33 Raj Mukherji* (D) Annette Chaparro (D)

Page 1 of 4New Jersey State AFL-CIO Endorsed Candidates June 17, 2015

* denotes Incumbent

District 34

Sheila Y. Oliver* (D)

Thomas P. Giblin*+ (D)

District 35

Shavonda E. Sumter* (D)

Benjie E. Wimberly* (D)

District 36

Marlene Caride* (D)

Gary Schaer* (D)

District 37

Valerie Vainieri Huttle* (D)

Gordon M. Johnson* (D)

District 38

Tim Eustace* (D)

Joseph Lagana* (D)

District 39


District 40

Christine Ordway (D)

Paul Vagianos (D)

AFL-CIO releases its general election endorsements