Monthly Legislative Update
One of the very few positives about the pension crisis we experienced at the end of last year was that all of you took interest and took action in important legislative issues more so than ever before. There was a lot of positive feedback from the “Weekly Pension Update” emails. Now with a new school year (and new challenges ahead of us) I will send out Monthly Legislative Updates to help all of you stay informed and involved. At the end of each email there will be an “EASY ASK” which is something YOU can do to help achieve our goals!
Assembly Races! All 80 seats in the NJ Assembly are up for election on Tuesday, November 3. This is our chance to elect candidates who support making full pension payments and other pro-education legislation. Here are some of the main districts in this area:District 17 – (Middlesex and Somerset) Franklin (Somerset), Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, PiscatawayDistrict 16 – (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) Branchburg, Delaware,Flemington, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone (Somerset), Montgomery, Princeton,Raritan (Hunterdon), Readington, Rocky Hill, Somerville, South Brunswick, Stockton
District 18 – (Middlesex) East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen,South Plainfield, South River
The most highly contested race in our area, and possibly all of New Jersey, is in Legislative District 16. NJEA has endorsed Democratic challengers Maureen Vella and Andrew Zwicker who are running against Republican incumbents Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon. This is our best opportunity to move the needle closer to a veto-proof majority (!!!) in the Assembly by electing dynamic pro-education legislators!. I will also certainly keep you aware of opportunities to support these outstanding candidates whether you live in their district or elsewhere. You can learn more about Zwicker and Vella here.
You can find a full list of NJEA-endorsed candidates here.
This one is simple. We have a very important election coming up on November 3. You can only participate if you are REGISTERED TO VOTE!!! If you have never registered before there is not time like the present! If you have moved recently you need to re-register as well. I would encourage every one to skip the lines at the polling places by registering to VOTE BY MAIL!
-Come to our FTEA Legislative Action Meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 4:00! You will find out more about the upcoming election and all that we are doing to make a difference. Learn how you can be a leader in your building on legislative issues! Click here for full details and here to RSVP.
Feel free to email Dan Epstein (Legislative Action Chair, FTEA) with any questions. Keep up the great work!
Thank you Lou Guglielmo and Gwen Duralek for the updates.