Citing Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s advocacy for reproductive rights, economic justice and combatting violence against women, the National Organization of Women of New Jersey’s PAC is backing the eight-term Bergen County legislator for the 37th districts State Senate seat.
“It is essential that we elect more female leaders to our State Legislature where we are woefully under-represented,” NOW NJ PAC chair Linda Weber said. “Currently, there are only ten women in the New Jersey Senate, representing only 25% of the seats. Women need to have a voice in the legislation that impacts them.”
Vainieri Huttle faces Assemblyman Gordon Johnson for the Democratic Senate nomination to replace Loretta Weinberg.
“We need more women’s voices in politics, not fewer. At a time where the number of women in New Jersey’s legislature is decreasing, I am so grateful to NOW-NJ for their work to empower and uplift women,” Vainieri Huttle stated. “I am humbled to have earned the support of NOW NJ PAC and look forward to our continued work together to elevate women in politics and government, and most importantly, to fight for laws that empower and defend women in the workplace, as caregivers and at home.”
Weinberg, the Senate Majority Leader, announced her retirement from public office earlier this month. NOW NJ praised Weinberg as champion of civil rights and said filling her shoes would be difficult.