The Probation Association of New Jersey (PANJ), a union representing 3,000 of the state’s probation officers and supervisors, unveiled 51 endorsements for the State Senate and Assembly today. 42 of the endorsed candidates are Democrats, while nine are Republicans.
“Our members support an estimated 140,000 adults and thousands of juveniles, and as New Jersey has one of the largest probation systems in the nation, we are appreciative of these candidates who help us serve New Jersey residents by ensuring our communities are safe and our officers and supervisors are well supported and represented,” PANJ President Dwight Covaleskie said in a statement.
In the state’s most competitive races, PANJ near-universally endorsed Democrats. The Democratic slate in the 2nd, 8th, and 11th districts all got PANJ’s backing; the one exception occurred in the 16th district, where the union did not endorse candidates from either party.
Also notable was the slate’s focus on incumbents. Other than Caren Fitzpatrick in the 2nd district and the two Democratic nominees for Assembly in the 8th district, every one of the union’s endorsees currently serves in the legislature.