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The New Jersey Organization for a Better State (NEW JOBS), a political action committee affiliated with the New Jersey’s business community, have endorsed mostly incumbents running for re-election in legislative races this fall.
NEW JOBS is backing State Sen. Robert Andrzejczak (D-Middle) in the 1st district special election, along with Assemblymen Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland). Andrzejczak went to the Senate in January when Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) resigned to become a congressman. He faces Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa, Jr.
In the state’s most competitive races, NEW JOBS is backing Republican incumbents Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) in the 8th district, Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) in the 21st, and Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) in the 25th.
The PAC also endorsed Democratic incumbents Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena) in the 2nd district, and Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) in the 16th.
Endorsements from NEW JOBS for open seats: Democrat Bill Moen in the 5th and Republicans Jean Stanfield in the 8th, Gerald Scharfenberger in the 13th, and Brian Bergen in the 25th.
“We thank the endorsed candidates and endorsed incumbent legislators for their commitment to the economic viability and competitiveness of our State,” NEW JOBS Executive Director Chrissy Buteas said.
The PAC is remaining neutral in races for 21 seats where an incumbent is seeking re-election: Herbert Conaway (D-Delran) in the 7th district; Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold) in the 11th; Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton); Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) in the 15th; Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick) in the 17th; Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick) in the 18th; Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) in the 20th; Linda Carter (D-Plainfield) and James Kennedy (D-Rahway) in the 22nd; Parker Space (R-Wantage) in the 24th; Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley) and Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark) in the 28th; Shanique Speight in the 29th; Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City) in the 31st; Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus) and Anjelica Jimenez (D-West New York) in the 32nd; Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) and Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) in the 34th; and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) in the 37th.
NEW JOBS is also not taking a position in the race for the open seat of retiring fourteen-term Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Brick) in the 10th district.
“The only way for New Jersey’s economy and job market to experience the type of boom witnessed in other parts of the nation is for government to encourage business growth, not impede it with ill-advised over-regulation and increased taxes,” said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), who was one of the incumbents endorsed. “I have always voted against job-killing legislation in this state and I will continue to push for smart policies that encourage our local businesses to grow, become successful and provide the type of employment that helps families in the Garden State prosper.”