The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)’s 125-member political action committee (PAC) today issued its unanimous support for 2017 Democratic candidate Phil Murphy.
“Ambassador Phil Murphy’s pro-public education stance is in line with NJEA members’ values,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “From high-stakes testing to college affordability to school funding, Murphy has a clear, well-thought out plan that prioritizes education and the needs of the school employees who have made New Jersey’s public schools a global leader.”
“Our members are passionate about public education, but they also need candidates who support their economic interests,” said NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan. “Ambassador Murphy will help all working families. That’s what New Jersey desperately needs: a governor who puts middle-class families ahead of millionaires and corporations.”
“Ambassador Murphy understands that education is only successful with local input and engagement,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller. “He supports efforts to return control of education policy to local school boards and communities, and he rejects the idea that unfettered, unaccountable charter schools can solve the educational challenges that we must address.”