NJEA Releases Endorsements

The Political Action Committee of the teachers' union endorsed 68 candidates for November's NJ Legislative elections. Conspicuously absent from the list are Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, both of whom supported pension/health benefits reform legislation. Said NJEA President Barbara Keshishian,
While the screening committees took many issues into account in making their decisions, as a result of the recent pension and benefit legislation, our members will be facing significant financial consequences. NJEA members make these endorsement decisions and they have made it clear that they will not endorse legislators who have impaired their right to collectively bargain and who have imposed thousands of dollars of additional costs on public employees.