The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey backed incumbents in the 11th legislative district Tuesday.
“We trust that you will work to promote legislation that strengthens our schools and our economy, safeguards our environment and that you will be a voice for the residents of your district,” AFTNJ President Donna Chiera said of the incumbents.
Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling face challenges from Freehold Township Board of Education President Michael Amoroso and former Hugin for Senate staffer Matthew Wooley.
The teachers’ union represents more than 30,000 educators in the state.
The incumbents previously secured endorsements from a number of other unions, including the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the Monmouth and Ocean County Building and Construction Trades Council, among others.
“As multiple generations of my family have attended schools in Neptune Township, I have seen how investing in our schools and providing teachers with the resources they need lifts up an entire community,” Houghtaling said. “I am proud to be endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey and ready to continue standing with families in Monmouth County to secure funding for special education and protect benefits and pensions for our hardworking teachers.”