Analilia Mejia, has left her post as executive director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance to become the political director of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Her departure removes a key progressive grassroots ally from Gov. Phil Murphy’s team as the governor begins his state budget push and seeks to defend or improve his 43% statewide approval rating.
The decision to join the Sanders campaign represents the first home-state defection from U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who announced on February 1 that he would run for president.
Mejia’s hiring was first reported by The Atlantic.
The Glen Ridge resident was the New Jersey political director of SEIU Local 32BJ, the Latino Vote director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee in 2012, and the assistant political director of UNITE HERE in Chicago from 2007 to 2009. Mejia was the deputy Latino Vote director for the state party when Gov. Jon Corzine sought re-election in 2009.
“Bernie Sanders embraces a platform that challenges the idea that people are poor and oppressed – just because and there’s nothing we can do about it,” she wrote on Facebook yesterday.