JNESO District Council 1 – a union representing nurses, technicians, and other health care workers – endorsed 83 candidates for the New Jersey legislature today, including 82 Democrats and one Republican, State Sen. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood).
Every single incumbent Democrat in the legislature made the list, as did a number of non-incumbent Democrats running in the 2nd, 8th, 13th, and 16th districts.
“We’ve examined their voting records in detail, and these candidates have shown a thorough understanding of issues important to health care workers, especially during the pandemic where our members take front-line roles in protecting public health,” JNESO executive director Doug Placa said in a statement.
Placa said that Singer was the lone Republican on the list of endorsements because of his outreach to health care workers, and added that JNESO is willing to endorse candidates of any party affiliation.
“Senator Singer actively reached out to JNESO and he made the time to hear our concerns and issues about important healthcare-related issues, such as safe staffing, and he continues to show a willingness to work with us to develop standards that will make a difference,” Placa said. “We may not agree with all of his policy positions, or any of the endorsed candidates for that matter, but he listened and that is why we are endorsing him.”
One further notable omission was of Democratic Assembly candidates in the 21st district, where the lone incumbent Republican, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-Summit), is a former nurse. JNESO, though they endorsed Democrat Joe Signorello for Senate in the district, did not endorse any candidates for the Assembly from either party.