The National Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest public employee union, is endorsing Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) for re-election to a third term.
“Josh Gottheimer has long been a champion for public education and a leader in Congress on issues that matter to educators, education support professionals and students,” said NJEA president Marie Blistan. “He works incredibly hard to make New Jersey’s excellent public schools even better, including fighting to make our classrooms safe and secure and to ensure every student has the opportunities they need to achieve their goals. We wholeheartedly support the NEA endorsement and are proud to work to send Josh Gottheimer back to Congress.”
The endorsement comes three days after the Communications Workers of American declined to back Gottheimer. The CWA endorsed all nine other Democratic House members on Friday.
“From his first day in Congress, Josh Gottheimer has been a tireless advocate for educators, students and public schools. We are proud to support the NEA endorsement and fully support his re-election,” said Sue McBride, the NJEA Director for New Jersey. “When it comes to our classrooms and our communities, what happens in Washington matters. As he’s demonstrated with an ‘A’ rating from the NEA, Josh Gottheimer has been someone our members can always count on to stand up for our values and be a strong and effective voice for public education.”
Gottheimer faces a progressive primary challenger, Glen Rock councilwoman Arati Kreibich, in the 5th district Democratic primary.
“On behalf of the 11,000 members of the Passaic County Education Associations, we are grateful for someone who supports the issues that are important to our education professions throughout Passaic County and New Jersey,” said Passaic County Education Association president Sue Butterfield. “We are excited and proud to support the NEA endorsement and look forward to working to re-elect Congressman Gottheimer.”
Blistan is also backing Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) for re-election in New Jersey’s 1st district.
“As the son of a teacher, I know just how important public education is to our families and communities – we would all be nothing without our educators and education support professionals,” said Gottheimer. “We’re proud to have some of the best schools in the country here in North Jersey, including the public school that I went to, and the ones my kids go to – and that’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our educators and professional school staff. We all know that when a child is empowered with a quality education, there is no limit to what that child can achieve – in life and in their career. When we support teachers and invest in our public schools today, we’re building a stronger tomorrow for everyone. That’s why I’ve worked so hard Congress in Congress to support our educators, students, and parents and to make sure our schools and children get everything they need to succeed. Together, we need to continue that fight.”
This story was updated on March 11 with comment from Gottheimer, Blistan, McBride and Butterfield.