Although the media is portraying the Governor’s victory as a landslide, it could have been worse. Barbara Buono, the only candidate “man” enough to stand up to the Governor, gave him a run for his money. She had no money, no major support from her party and political bosses openly working against her. NJEA members rallied especially in the last few days after the Governor reminded us what he stands for and more accurately, against. I applaud Sen. Buono for facing the insurmountable odds and standing up for the middle class of NJ.
It didn’t help that the Governor had lots of free t.v. time, appearing on SNL, “Stronger that the Storm” commercials, David Letterman, etc. But all that said, he was not able to take control of the Senate and Assembly. There was no major effect down ballot. In the Assembly, the Republicans picked up one seat and possibly another. All the incumbents in the Senate were reelected.
There were some highlights from last night.
NJEA PAC candidates: Senator & Assemblyman Bucco, Senator Pennaccio and Assemblywoman DeCroce, Sen. Codey, Mila Jasey, John McKeon, were all reelected. We will continue to work with legislators to have them understand the educational landscape and the problems that we face on a daily basis.
Senator Linda Greenstein won re-election in LD14 which was targeted by the Koch Brothers’ “Americans for Prosperity” group.
We have raised the minimum wage with our support of Ballot Question #2.
Whereas our other PAC endorsed candidates Elliot Isibor, Jack Curtis and candidate extraordinaire Marie Corfield in LD 16 , helped raise awareness for the issues that we support.
Members of the MCCEA worked to get the word out about all our endorsed candidates. We phone-banked, put up signs, and spread the word via email with a great big THANKS to Jim Dunckley. I am proud of the efforts of the MCCEA and its members. Locals took the opportunity to have the conversations with their members about the candidates and the election.
Who knows what the future will bring but we will be ready and willing to face it head on.