Democrat,

This weekend will mark a historic moment for New Jersey, as In-Person Early Voting will be available for the first time ever starting on Saturday. To celebrate the occasion and encourage as many people to take advantage of this new opportunity to make their voices heard as possible, we are launching a new campaign asking voters to share their Early Voting Selfie with the hashtag #VoteEarlyNJ! 

The new early voting period will run from October 23-October 31 from Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For a full list of early voting locations throughout the state visit the Secretary of State website here. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

To further celebrate the first-ever day of early voting, Governor Murphy is welcoming former President Barack Obama to a rally event on Saturday in Newark to help bring people out to the polls. If you’re interested in attending the event you can sign up for a ticket here. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden will also be coming to New Jersey soon, with a visit scheduled for Monday to tour vaccination sites and rally support for his Build Back Better agenda, which is essential for continuing our recovery from COVID-19. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. — I was excited to fire up the crowd last week in Edison before we were joined by First Lady Jill Biden, who returned to her home state to support Governor Murphy and Democrats up and down the ballot. 

Democrat,

We already know that Jack Ciattarelli is out of touch with New Jersey on political issues ranging from his support of Donald Trump to his opposition to women’s health funding and his willingness to weaken gun safety laws, among many other examples. But perhaps the most surprising way that Ciattarelli is out of the mainstream is his opposition to free speech — namely, his support for a ban on cursing when he served on the Raritan Borough Council. We decided to have some fun with that strange policy position this week, releasing a new ad showing real New Jerseyans reacting to Ciattarelli’s cursing ban in a truly Jersey way. What we never expected was for it to be seen over 1.3 million times on Twitter, to be covered by CNN and the Huffington Post and to become one of the most talked about political ads in years! 

If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out here and share with your friends.

With less than four weeks to go until Election Day, our party is all in for Governor Murphy and Democrats running up and down the ballot all over the state.

You can sign up to volunteer with our Forward 2021 team here to do your part to keep our state on the right track. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Did you apply for a vote-by-mail ballot? Unless you’re one of thousands of New Jersey Democrats who have already sent their ballot back in, your ballot is probably sitting on your kitchen table right now just waiting to be filled out. Governor Murphy is urging all New Jersey Democrats to get your ballots in now to make your voice heard and your vote count. You can find a list of convenient ballot drop box locations here, or simply drop your completed ballot in the mail — no postage required!

ELECTION UPDATE

Four years ago, Democrat Michael Soriano defeated a longtime incumbent to become the first Hispanic Mayor of Parsippany. Since then, Mayor Soriano and his team have made incredible progress, creating more open space, attracting new businesses and cleaning up the corruption of the former regime. Mayor Soriano and his team of Cori Herbig and Judy Hernandez for Council are running to keep moving Parsippany forward — you can learn more about them here on their Facebook page and support their campaign.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

Under President Biden’s leadership the U.S. economy is coming back strong, with 5 million jobs created in the eight months since he took office. But President Biden knows, just like Governor Murphy does, that our recovery is fragile and dependent on beating back COVID-19 and passing a policy agenda that will put working and middle class families first. I’m proud to support President Biden’s agenda because it’s clear that these two priorities are exactly what our nation must stay focused on in order to get past the pandemic and create the opportunities that our people need to be able to thrive. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

Democrat,
Republican Jack Ciattarelli would like you to believe that he’s just an average Main Street small business owner, but that’s a lie. In reality, Ciattarelli ran a multi-million medical publishing company that made him rich by pushing doctors to overprescribe dangerous opioid medications. Watch our new ad here to learn more.

With less than five weeks to go until Election Day, our party is all in for Governor Murphy and Democrats running up and down the ballot all over the state. You can sign up to volunteer with our Forward 2021 team here to do your part to keep our state on the right track. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy knows that keeping our communities safe from gun violence is one of the most important things our state government can do. That’s why he has been a champion for gun safety, passing tougher laws and standing up to the NRA to protect our state. Read more in this piece by former Congresswoman and gun safety advocate Gabby Giffords on Governor Murphy’s record and why it’s so important to re-elect him in November. 

The same can’t be said for his opponent, Republican Jack Ciattarelli, who wants to open our state to concealed carry of firearms and weaken our gun laws. That’s just another reason to re-elect Governor Murphy!

ELECTION UPDATE

In 2018, a Blue Wave hit New Jersey, with Democrats winning congressional seats across the state and rising stars like Mikie Sherril, Andy Kim, and Tom Malinowski defeating Republicans and winning seats that had long been GOP strongholds. Further down the ballot, another major victory happened in Somerset County, wherewith the guidance of our Vice-Chair and Somerset County Democrats Chair Peg Schaffer, Democrats Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy had a breakthrough victory for two seats on the county Board of Commissioners. The win was the first in a string of victories for the Somerset Dems, who now have full control of county government. Shanel and Sara are now running for re-election and I am proud to support these two outstanding women leaders who have truly made a difference in a short time in office. You can learn more about them and support their campaign here.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

Congressional leadership and President Biden are still working to pass the President’s ambitious Build Back Better agenda as well as the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Passing both of these pieces of legislation is essential to not only giving much-needed help to working and middle-class families throughout the country but also to improve our party’s chances of keeping and expanding our congressional majorities in next year’s midterm election. 

Read more here about why I believe all Democrats in New Jersey and throughout the nation must support President Biden’s agenda. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. — I was excited to join State Senator Nicholas Sacco for his annual Mayor’s Ball event this week along with Governor Murphy and leaders from Hudson County and throughout the state who are fired up to re-elect our Governor and our Democratic state legislators.

Democrat,

This Tuesday night, Governor Murphy will take the debate stage against his Republican opponent and he will have the opportunity to talk about all the progress our state has made in the last four years with his leadership. From moving towards a $15 m

minimum wage, to investing in clean energy and creating thousands of union jobs, to increasing school funding and making community college tuition-free, and much more, Governor Murphy has an excellent record to run on and we can’t wait to watch him speak about it on Tuesday.

You can join our NJ Forward Zoom Debate Watch Party to connect with fellow Democrats and cheer on Governor Murphy by registering here. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy and his team are continuing to provide outstanding leadership when it comes to fighting COVID-19. In addition to further increasing our state’s vaccination rate which is among the highest in the nation, the Governor is also still actively looking at public health measures that will keep us safe. This week, Governor Murphy announced that all childcare facilities will now be subject to mask mandates for staff and children age two and up, and staff will need to be vaccinated or tested weekly. This is another in a long line of public health steps the Governor has taken to protect New Jersey residents and we are proud to support his leadership on this critical issue. 

For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic and how to protect yourself and your family visit the state’s information portal.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden continues to work with congressional leaders to pass his Build Back Better agenda and our party is fully supportive of the transformational policies that this legislation includes. In addition to investments in our infrastructure, schools, public health, and much more, the plan also calls for a fairer tax code by making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share and then lowering the tax burden for the middle class. Here in New Jersey we’ve already taken the same approach, with Governor Murphy and Democrats in the state legislature passing a millionaire’s tax as well as a tax rebate program for the middle class, expanded earned income tax credit and more property tax relief through increased school funding. Once again, our state is leading the way and we hope that the nation will follow suit and pass the President’s agenda. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

Democrat,
Since headlining a Trump-supporting “Stop the Steal” rally with Confederate flags and white supremacists in November 2020, Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has desperately tried to rewrite history. It’s no surprise that Ciattarelli has repeatedly lied about his involvement — extreme right-wing gatherings like the rally he spoke at helped spread Trump’s “Big Lie” about the 2020 election and led to the January 6th U.S. Capitol Insurrection. But now even with new video evidence showing Ciattarelli speaking right in front of a “Stop the Steal” sign, he still won’t tell the truth — and it isn’t the first time he’s lied about it. Read more here about eight times Ciattarelli lied about his “Stop the Steal” appearance.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week Governor Murphy announced an exciting plan to bring full universal public Pre-K to New Jersey by building on the success his administration has already had in expanding access to early childhood education. As the Governor said, Pre-K is one of the best investments we can make in the future of our state by giving our children the best possible academic start and allowing them to reach their full potential. Governor Murphy is continuing to show his deep commitment to a stronger and fairer New Jersey, and it’s a stark contrast with his opponent who claims that New Jersey can’t afford to expand Pre-K. The truth is that we can and we will, because our children deserve it. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden continues to push for support of his Build Back Better agenda, which includes massive investments in our infrastructure, safety net, schools and much more. The plan includes making the wealthiest pay their fair share to create more opportunities for the rest of us, a goal that Governor Murphy shares and has made great strides in accomplishing by passing the millionaire’s tax, raising the minimum wage and many other initiatives. From Governor Murphy and our legislative Democrats to President Biden and our Congressional representatives, our party is working for a fairer, stronger country and state. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. I was very proud to represent our party recently alongside our Vice Chair Peg Schaffer, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo and other local officials to welcome DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison to our state for the conclusion of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” national bus tour. The tour highlighted how the President’s agenda is helping bring America back from the brink of disaster and one of its first stops was also here in the Garden State in Trenton. Chairman Harrison is doing a fantastic job leading our party and we are working closely with him on several initiatives aimed at electing more Democrats up and down the ballot.

Democrat,

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a moment that none of us who lived through it will ever forget. 9/11 resulted in the deaths of 750 New Jerseyans and changed the course of our state and our country’s history. We will never forget the people who were lost, the lives that were changed forever, the feeling of our nation being attacked, and, simultaneously, the understanding that our country had to come together to confront our greatest challenge. To the families missing their loved ones, the first responders remembering their fallen colleagues, and everyone else who was touched by that fateful day, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee stands with you in never forgetting 9/11.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

With the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida fresh in our minds, people all over our state and our country are calling out for climate leadership from our elected officials. Governor Murphy is answering that call, and yesterday he was joined by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Senate President Steve Sweeney and numerous state, local, and labor officials to break ground on the New Jersey Wind Port. In addition to fighting climate change by promoting renewable energy, the Wind Port will also establish New Jersey as the nation’s leader in the offshore wind industry and bring 1,500 good-paying union jobs to South Jersey.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden announced an aggressive new six-point plan to fight back against COVID-19 yesterday by increasing vaccinations, keeping schools open, providing more access to tests, and more. This is the kind of strong leadership we need from our President and it will hopefully push more people who have thus far refused to get the shot to do the right thing and get themselves vaccinated. For more information about how to get a free COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey, click here. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. — On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, as well as my wife Jacqueline and my entire family, I would like to offer my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to our friend and colleague Saily Avelenda on the passing of her father, Avelino. Read more about his life and legacy here

Democrat,

This week New Jersey was hit with the remnants of Hurricane Ida, bringing unprecedented flooding to much of the state, as well as a tornado to Gloucester County, which caused significant damage to homes in the area. At this time, 25 casualties have been reported, with more residents still missing. On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, my heart goes out to all of our fellow New Jerseyans dealing with the aftermath of this storm. Together, we will recover from this traumatic event and take the steps needed to address the climate crisis that is leading to these kinds of extreme weather events. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy has spent the past several days fully immersed in storm recovery, visiting some of the hardest hit areas and coordinating the state’s response to the crisis. The Governor appeared yesterday in Mullica Hill in Gloucester County, where a massive tornado ripped through homes, as well as Hillsborough and Passaic where significant flooding occurred. He will continue touring the state over the next several days while also working with federal, county and local officials to coordinate resources for residents and small businesses affected by the storm.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

After a request from Governor Murphy, President Biden has issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for New Jersey. This will allow critical resources to flow into our state from FEMA and other branches of the federal government that will help us recover from the damage Ida has caused. We’re thankful for the leadership of both Governor Murphy and President Biden during this difficult time.  

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

Democrat,

Before we get into our normal week in review, I would first like to offer my heartfelt prayers to the servicemembers killed this week in Afghanistan. These brave heroes put their lives on the line to help U.S. citizens and Afghan refugees exit the country and reach safety. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten. 

After weeks of dishonestly attacking Governor Murphy’s school mask mandate with a barrage of misinformation and blatant lies about COVID-19 not affecting children, Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has abruptly reversed his extreme position and is once again looking for wiggle room to mislead voters. In an interview with Politico NJ, a Ciattarelli campaign spokesperson attempted to walk back the candidate’s anti-science stance, saying that he would “monitor the situation” as cases increase due to the Delta variant as schools prepare to open in September. This comes only a few days after Ciattarelli falsely declared, “children are not vulnerable to the virus.”

We need responsible leadership that will put public health before politics — that’s Governor Murphy, not Jack Ciattarelli.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

With the situation in Afghanistan still unfolding, one thing is absolutely clear — it is our collective responsibility to make sure that the allies who provided critical assistance to our servicemen and women are protected. I was proud to see Governor Murphy step up to the plate by sending a letter to President Biden expressing our state’s willingness to welcome Afghan refugees who are fleeing their country in pursuit of freedom. This kind of compassionate leadership is exactly why Governor Murphy exemplifies the kind of people we need in office.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden’s legislative agenda, including the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democratic budget reconciliation package, continues to move forward in Congress with the support of our state’s delegation. It is critical that all Democrats stick together and work to pass the President’s Build Back Better agenda, which includes massive and much-needed investments in our physical infrastructure as well as social safety net items like the child tax credit, paid family leave, expanded pre-k and more that would help working families thrive. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

Democrat,

All over the country we are seeing a stark divide play out between responsible leaders like Governor Murphy who are enacting commonsense public health measures to stem the tide of the Delta variant, and others who are ignoring the science and prioritizing politics over public health. Unfortunately, this same disregard for medical expertise is also rearing its ugly head here in New Jersey, as Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli was recently caught on tape claiming that “children are not vulnerable”  to COVID-19. This comes at a time when nearly 2,000 kids are hospitalized across the country and some here in New Jersey are in ICU beds right now. It’s a dangerous lie that can put our children in danger, and another reason why we can’t allow Ciattarelli to become governor. 

Read our full statement and watch the video of Ciattarelli’s lie here: https://bit.ly/Caiattarelliscovidlie

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver stepped into the role of Acting Governor and signed a piece of major legislation that will reform and restore funding to the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone program. This proven economic development tool has helped many of the state’s urban communities attract new investment, creating jobs and local tax revenue, before it was gutted during the Christie administration. Now thanks to Governor Murphy, Lt. Governor Oliver and legislative Democrats, the UEZ program will once again help revitalize our urban communities.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden announced this week that all Americans will be encouraged to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine eight months after they received their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Guidance for people who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is coming soon. With the Delta variant leading to increased risk, we applaud the President for taking this important step to keep us all safe.

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. — I was glad to meet up with an excellent local Democratic candidate this week in my own home county of Essex, when I joined Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill to support Christy Lazarow and Jessica Almeida’s campaign for Council in West Caldwell. It’s great to see leaders in so many of our communities stepping up and running for office and I look forward to meeting with other Democratic candidates throughout the state in the coming months.

Democrat,

Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli was hoping for a boost when he chose longtime State Senator Diane Allen as his running mate, but instead his campaign has been engulfed in even more controversy as her extreme right-wing views on immigration, gun control, LGBTQ inclusion and Trump support emerged. Now it appears that Senator Allen is just as out of touch with New Jersey as Assemblyman Ciattarelli, whose embrace of the extreme right fringe of the Republican Party has been clear since he launched his campaign last year. 

All in all, Jack is having a pretty bad few weeks. Watch our new video to see why.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

When Chris Christie was governor, New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded 11 times due to his poor financial planning and ineffective management. That was one of the major challenges facing Governor Murphy when he took office, with the state’s debt practically at junk bond status and borrowing costs rising. Now though, Governor Murphy and his team have turned the tide and earlier this week the third major ratings agency upgraded our credit outlook to “positive.” This comes even as the state continues working through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges that it has created, making Governor Murphy’s achievement even more impressive.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden has made passing a comprehensive, bipartisan Infrastructure bill to invest in our roads, bridges, transit, broadband and much more his highest legislative priority, and this week there was a breakthrough — the Senate passed the bill overwhelmingly. This is remarkable progress that when fully enacted will mean nearly $8 billion for road and bridge replacement, $4 billion for public transit and hundreds of millions more for electric vehicle charging, broadband access and more.

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. — I was delighted to attend a fundraiser recently at the beautiful home of Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy where we spoke about how critical this year’s election is. I’m looking forward to getting on the road as we get closer to the election, visiting counties all over our state to help rally support for our candidates.