The 200,000-member New Jersey Education Association has endorsed Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) for re-election in New Jersey’s 7th district, along with eight other Democratic incumbents seeking re-election in 2022.
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“New Jersey has the best public schools in the nation thanks in good measure to the advocacy of NJEA,” Malinowski said. “Support for our educators is an investment in the future of our kids, and I will never stop fighting to ensure they are treated with the dignity they deserve.”
The state’s largest public employee union is also backing Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), who face potentially competitive races for another term.
The NJEA is also backing Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell. Jr. (D-Paterson) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing). They had previously announced support for Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).
“They have demonstrated through their actions that they are advocates for public education and for working families,” said the top three NJEA officials, president Sean Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson. “They have stood with educators through these difficult past two years as we have worked to ensure that our schools are safe and that our students are learning.”
Malinowski is considered the most vulnerable in the delegation. He was re-elected in 2020 by a 1% margin against Republican Tom Kean, Jr., who is seeking a rematch in this year’s mid-term elections.
Spiller, Beatty and Robertson praised the New Jersey delegation’s “commitment to equity and to justice for all is exactly what we need in Washington, DC right now.”
“An endorsement from our 200,000-member union comes with our pledge of support on the campaign trail as they make their case to voters and promote a vision for moving our state and our nation forward to a fairer, more equitable and more just future,” they said.
The NJEA has not yet endorsed in the 8th district, where Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) is not seeking re-election.