Democrat,

I am deeply saddened to have to be writing to you again in the midst of another national tragedy in which we’ve seen innocent civilians, this time children, gunned down in another preventable mass shooting. Studies keep telling us that stronger gun laws mean fewer gun deaths, but despite this common sense knowledge, the Republican party has consistently held up progress on the local, state, and national level in favor of NRA sponsored re-election campaigns. Even in New Jersey, the Republican party continues to try to find ways to chip away at our strong gun violence prevention measures.

You can read my full statement on GOP obstruction to common sense gun legislation here.

We can’t allow ourselves to become numb to gun violence. Sometimes after tragedies like this, we fall into a pattern of grief and outrage that eventually loses its energy. But we cannot become complacent. This last month has been exhausting for everyone who cares about the future of New Jersey and this country. From attacks on women’s health care rights to a national shortage of baby formula to repeatedly refusing to come together to pass gun legislation that just makes sense – lives are on the line. We desperately need to elect more Democratic candidates at all levels of our government so that they can continue fighting for our basic rights. And we need your support to get them elected.

What can you do?  First, you can volunteer with a congressional campaign. New Jersey has four targeted races this year that can decide the fate of the House of Representatives. Volunteer to canvass and help us re-elect our entire delegation and keep the House in Democratic hands.

What else can you do? Sign up for a vote-by-mail ballot to vote in the June primary.  We need a show of strength in June. It’s not just about winning – it’s about showing the Republican party and the nation that we are organized, motivated, and doing everything we can to stop them from taking our country into a future without reproductive rights or voting rights, and with more gun violence.  

A reminder that the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Tuesday, May 31.

Click here for more voter resource information about Voting by Mail and Tracking your Ballot.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy proved that he is ready to, once again, take concrete action by passing a third installment of comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. The Gun Safety 3.0 package includes common sense laws like:

  • Mandating safe storage of guns;
  • Ensuring those seeking to buy a gun are actually trained in the safe handling of that gun;
  • Giving police tools to better track the paths of firearms used to commit crimes;
  • Prohibiting the sale of weapons that can bring down helicopters;
  • Allowing us to hold the gun industry liable for the carnage it has enabled.

The Governor took his call one step further by requesting that we also put up “every bill seeking to unravel our gun laws” so that every politician in New Jersey must publicly put on the record where they stand on gun violence prevention. He wants all of New Jersey to know where each of them stands on the issue of allowing gun violence to continue at rates unseen in any other comparable country.   

I stand by Governor Murphy and his call for every member of our Legislature to publicly state their commitment to gun violence prevention.  Patting yourself on the back for offering thoughts and prayers time and time again is not enough. Legislators who refuse to be on the side of safety and progress will need to look straight into the faces of those of us in New Jersey who will hold them accountable for their callous disregard of our lives.

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

As Chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Bill Pascrell never backs down from a fight. Every single day Congressman Pascrell is  eager to take on the powerful on behalf of our New Jersey families. A champion for tax fairness, Bill has legislation to close gaping tax loopholes, demanding the wealthiest pay their fair share. And he prioritizes restoring the federal state and local tax deduction so important to our state. 

Bill helped pass the historic American Rescue Plan and the investments in the Biden infrastructure law that are transforming Garden State highway, bridge and transit systems. And no one is more vociferous than Bill in defending democracy against rising Republican autocracy. Bill aggressively seeks to expose corruption and hold Trump and his cronies accountable for their crimes.

Get involved on his campaign here: https://action.billpascrell.com/volunteer/

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE 

Wednesday was the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death and President Biden signed an Executive Order to enact historic federal level police reform. The order:

  • Promotes accountability by creating a new national law enforcement accountability database, strengthening pattern and practice investigations, and mandating all federal agents wear and activate body cameras while on patrol.
  • Raises standards by banning chokeholds, restricting no-knock entries, and tightening use-of-force policies to emphasize de-escalation and the duty to intervene.
  • Modernizes policing with new tools to screen and vet officers.

These are steps that have been long discussed as effective ways to improve officer accountability and public safety.  Republicans in Congress have repeatedly resisted enacting these measures, and their  failure to join with Democrats here and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was a catalyst for this important executive order.

I am hopeful that  these reforms will begin to strengthen community trust and firmly show that we will not accept the staggering number of U.S. police killings of unarmed Black and Latino members of our community. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. – June begins next week, which is when we celebrate Pride Month. Our LGBTQ+ Caucus, in collaboration with the Union County Democrats, will be hosting an event celebrating the vibrant LGBTQ+ community we have in New Jersey – more info to come soon!

Democrat,

I want to begin with another reminder that the Primary Election is June 7th. In New Jersey, you do not have to wait for election day to vote. You have the option to vote by mail or vote early – and we are encouraging everyone to vote as soon as they can! 

Click here for more voter resource information about Voting by Mail and Tracking your Ballot.

This week we were reminded by Republicans in our own state why the extremist GOP agenda is dangerous for American families. Republican State Senator Ed Durr, representing NJ’s 3rd District, is attempting to repeal several of NJ’s gun safety laws– laws that have statistically proven to keep New Jerseyans safer from gun violence. Additionally, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, of NJ’s 2nd Congressional District, voted NO on a bill brought to the House this week to address the baby formula shortage crisis. You can read our response to Congressman Drew’s abhorrent vote here.

These are just two more examples of why it is essential that we continue to elect Democrats. Extremist views like those espoused by Senator Durr, and obstructionist tactics like those employed by Congressman Van Drew, are not what we stand for in New Jersey. In New Jersey, we vote to keep people alive, to keep people safe, fed, healthy, and financially secure. Republicans don’t bring solutions to your home – they bring an increased risk of gun violence, less healthcare, fewer children fed, and fewer tax dollars back in your pocket.  

As always, if you are able to please consider signing up here to volunteer with a local Democratic Congressional campaign. 

Vote Democratic in the June 7 election. Vote for the future you want for your family.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This past Tuesday, Gov. Murphy signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in New Jersey to address the national baby formula shortage. This action triggered New Jersey’s price gouging laws and allows anyone to report illegal price hikes, which you can do here.

On Wednesday, the House passed, in a mostly party-line vote and without Congressman Jeff Van Drew’s support, the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which gave the FDA $28 million in emergency funding for the resources it needs to address the urgent infant formula shortage. 

Both of these important actions align with President Biden invoking the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of formula and launching Operation Fly Formula to use federal planes to fly formula in from abroad. 

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman is the first Black woman to represent NJ in Congress, a former Assemblywoman, and the first Black woman to be Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.  She is an advocate for criminal justice reform and building an economy that works for all New Jersey families. She has championed legislation like the Healthy MOM Act & the End for-Profit Prisons Act. 

In 2016, Congresswoman Coleman co-founded the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She is a member of the House Committees on Appropriations and Homeland Security. Find out how to get involved in her campaign by visiting https://www.bonnieforcongress.com/.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE 

President Biden and the First Lady visited Buffalo this week to pay their respects to those grieving the ten lives lost in a racially motivated attack by a white supremacist. 

Biden was fervent in labeling the violence what it is: domestic terrorism

He was correct in noting that there is a hatred that has been allowed to fester and become commonplace among right wing politicians and media pundits that is radicalizing people into concrete violent action. When a certain rhetoric can bring people to the point of enacting domestic terror attacks on their fellow citizens, we need to end the rhetoric. We need to stop allowing people who peddle cheap talk about anyone who does not look, worship, or speak like them because it is having dire real-life consequences.

In New Jersey we know that diversity makes us stronger and that we thrive when we embrace each other as we are. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. –  Thank you to everyone who came out to our AAPI Heritage Month event last night! It was hosted by our Muslim, AANHPI, and South Asian American Caucauses and it was great to be out and celebrating cultures that make New Jersey better. 

Democrat,

This week we continued to deal with the fallout and potential repercussions of a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade. After the failure by Republicans in the  U.S. Senate to join Democrats in their bid to codify abortion rights into law on Wednesday, we feel strongly and urgently about the need to have more pro-choice Democratic candidates in office at every level. 

I strongly encourage you, if you are able, to sign up here to volunteer with a pro-choice frontline Democratic Congressional campaign now. 

As part of Saturday’s nationwide day of action for abortion rights, there will be a rally in the town of Westfield. We would love to see a large number of you out there sending a message to the anti-choice and anti-privacy Republicans that we refuse to go backwards; not now, and not ever.

Additionally, you can sign up here to canvass from 12 – 3pm in the Borough of Madison with Representative Mikie Sherill of NJ’s 11th District. The event will begin with statements from Rep. Sherill, Assemblywoman Jasey, and other local leaders about the impact of Roe v. Wade and the importance of fighting back this November. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week Governor Murphy announced efforts with the goal of expanding the reproductive rights of New Jersey women and sending a message to the GOP that, despite their best efforts, we will not allow them to meddle in the private lives of Americans. The new legislation would mandate that insurance plans in NJ cover abortion with no cost sharing or out-of-pocket expenses, and expand New Jersey’s pool of potential abortion providers to include advanced practice nurses, midwives, and physician assistants. Gov. Murphy also said that NJ will not cooperate with any type of state investigation “that seeks to punish anyone – patient, provider, counselor, friend, or Uber driver – for providing abortion care.”

“Without access, rights mean nothing

These types of historic steps towards equity and codified human rights make me proud to be a Democrat in New Jersey and we should encourage us all to work towards filling our legislature with candidates that will get meaningful bills passed. 

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

This week we are returning to our Congressional Spotlights with Representative Frank Pallone of NJ’s 6th District. As Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Pallone has fought to lower health care and prescription drug costs, repair infrastructure, & combat the climate crisis. Throughout the pandemic, he’s helped deliver resources to protect NJ and keep frontline workers safe. Rep. Pallone has helped pass legislation that invests in American workers, strengthens supply chains, & bolsters domestic manufacturing. He has also led the fight to ban offshore drilling along the Atlantic.

Visit https://www.pallonefornewjersey.com/ to get involved in the campaign.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE 

President Biden welcomed Chris Smalls, President of the Amazon Labor Union, to the White House this week. Chris Smalls led his Amazon warehouse in Staten Island to unionization which was the first location in the country to do so. 

Biden encouraged Smalls’s organizing work which aligns with his intentions to be the “most pro-union President leading the most pro-union administration in American history.” 

This is the type of mentality around unions and labor organizing that we value, respect, and also encourage in New Jersey. Just this week Rutgers released a report that shows NJ workers are unionizing at a rate faster than 44 other states in the country, only falling behind Hawaii, New York, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota.

The National Women’s Law Center shared that, “as of 2021 public approval for unions in the United States was at the highest point in 56 years—at 68%. Among people of color, that number rises to 76%. Nearly half of non-unionized workers say they would join a union if they could.”  The Rutgers study taught us that unionization among Black workers in NJ was 20.84%, nearly double the national average.

Research continuously shows us that women, people of color, and younger workers benefit the most from union membership. We see their wages go up. We see healthier working conditions. We see more health benefits and sick days. Let’s not forget this as we continue our fight for a more just and equitable New Jersey workforce.

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. – Our event celebrating AAPI Heritage Month hosted by the AANPHI, South Asian American, and Muslim caucauses will be on May 19th in Bergenfield. You can register to attend here: https://www.mobilize.us/njdsc/event/460328/

Democrat,  


Earlier this week we were all sent reeling when we learned just how close we are to Republicans’ decades-long scheme to overturn Roe v Wade becoming reality. Let’s be blunt, an attack on abortion rights is an attack on people’s health care and human rights. Full stop.

Read mine and Vice-Chair Peg Schaffer’s initial joint statement here 

The only way we can make sure that Republicans don’t continue to try and strip fundamental human rights away from us is by getting Democratic leaders into office that are unafraid to fight and do the necessary work.

Sign up here to volunteer with a pro-choice frontline Democratic Congressional campaign now.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Back in January, Governor Murphy and our Democratic legislature passed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which codified into state law a person’s right to make reproductive healthcare decisions for themselves. This historic move ensured that despite decisions like we see coming out of the Supreme Court, New Jersey women would have their human and health rights protected. 

This is not the current case for women across the country, however, and we are already seeing what disastrous effects could play out if Republicans get their way. Without Roe, there are already 27 states that are likely to ban abortion immediately, which is why Gov. Murphy signed a letter with 16 other governors on Wednesday urging Congress to urgently pass the Women’s Health Protection Act so that the protections included in Roe v. Wade become codified into national law.

As Gov. Murphy said earlier this week, “We must ensure that every American woman has the reproductive freedom that every New Jersey woman has.”

SENATE UPDATE

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week and Senator Booker commemorated the occasion by reintroducing legislation, alongside ​​U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Mark Takano (D-CA), aimed at closing the pay gap between our teachers and other professionals that have similar education levels. 

The bill is called the Respect, Advancement, and Increasing Support for Educators (RAISE) Act and would assist in boosting the pay of early childhood, elementary, and secondary school educators via refundable tax credits up to $15,000. 

“Educators are constantly asked to do more and more without any significant increase in their compensation, and often at their own expense,” said Senator Booker in his statement that you can read here. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these hardships, leading many teachers to leave the profession. This legislation would help support educators by using the federal tax code to put more resources back in teachers’ pockets. It’s time to reward our society’s unsung heroes by increasing teachers’ take-home pay.” 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE 

In the face of this nationwide attack on reproductive healthcare, President Biden and VP Harris both urgently discussed the precedent this could set for Americans’ privacy rights. In her statement, Vice President Harris said, “ If the right to privacy is weakened, every person could face a future in which the government can potentially interfere in the personal decisions you make about your life.” Her point helps us focus on what this could mean – outside the radical Republican war on healthcare – for our other protected rights.


“This is the time to fight for women and for our country with everything we have,” VP Harris continued; once again emphasizing how critical it is that we work together to get more Democrats in office this election season.

President Biden echoed the call for us to do our part, saying “it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November”. He’s right. It is up to all of us to make sure each level of our democracy is stacked with pro-choice, pro-healthcare, pro-women canidates who won’t falter to do what’s right in moments like these. 

Read Joe Biden’s full statement here

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. – May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and New Jersey is honored to have one of the country’s fastest-growing AAPI communities. This reminds us that our efforts to create a more diverse and equitable New Jersey are working and we must continue. 
To honor AAPI Heritage Month our AANHPI, SAAC and Muslim Caucuses will be hosting an event later this month – more info to come soon!

Democrat,

Congratulations to the workers in Hopewell Township that, with a unanimous vote, became the first unionized Starbucks store in New Jersey. I hope Starbucks swiftly recognizes these workers’ right to be represented fairly. The Democratic Party is #UnionStrong!

On April 27, we recognized International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a solemn day when we honor the six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims to Nazism, unchecked bigotry and hatred.

Watch this moving commemoration video from the Holocaust Museum here

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy was in Ireland this week on a mission to make the case that New Jersey is the perfect place for Irish companies interested in growing their businesses abroad. A few exciting opportunities for New Jersey have already come out of this trip: 

Applegreen, a Dublin-based company that operates highway service plazas, has chosen Glen Rock as the location for its US headquarters. This will bring 100 good-paying jobs to NJ with the promise to expand that number to 800 over the coming years. 

Gov. Murphy attended the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, the largest offshore wind conference in the world, being held in Atlantic City, to announce that an agreement was reached with Orsted, a renewable energy company he met with in Ireland. Orsted will foster New Jersey’s first offshore wind project, Ocean Wind 1, at the NJ Wind Port in Salem County. This project will bring an estimated 200+ jobs to NJ as well as cement us a national leader in clean energy and offshore wind renewable energy. 

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

For this week’s spotlight on Congressional candidates, we are highlighting Congressman Andy Kim, a career public servant who worked in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon, serving under both Republicans and Democrats. Congressman Kim has delivered real results for New Jersey’s 3rd District by supporting small businesses during the pandemic, garnering federal support for local police and fire departments, and securing a new health clinic for NJ vets. Get involved in his campaign here: https://www.andykim.com/

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

This week, during Second Chance Month, President Biden granted pardons to three people and commuted the sentences of 75 others who were serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses; all of whom have made efforts to rehabilitate themselves, including through educational and vocational training or drug treatment in prison. 

In an effort to effectively reduce recidivism rates and decrease crime, President Biden also announced new steps to support those reentering their communities after incarceration. This includes a first-of-its-kind Department of Justice and Department of Labor partnership investing $145 million over 2022-2023 to provide job skills training and reentry plans for people incarcerated in federal facilities. It will be the first time the Department of Labor will bring its job training and reentry support and expertise to federal prisoners.

I agree with Senator Cory Booker that, “This is a step in the right direction to end the war on drugs. We must keep fighting to deliver justice to all those who have been impacted.”

You can read President Biden’s Statement on Clemency and Second Chance Month here.

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. Thank you to everyone who came to the NJDSC Coalitions mixer yesterday in Burlington County! I am proud of the turnout at our mixers from people across the state with the desire to get more involved in our party and elect more Dems up and down the ballot. We are committed to expanding this type of outreach, strengthening our caucuses, and connecting with NJ voters so, expect more from us soon on how you can get involved!

Democrat,

Our push to make New Jersey one of the first four Presidential primary states is continuing to make headlines. I spoke to CBS News this week to share why New Jersey’s racial, economic and geographic diversity makes it the perfect proving ground for our candidates. You can read more here about the latest developments. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy is continuing to lead on one of the most critical issues facing our nation: reducing gun violence. This week he renewed his call for a legislative package designed to keep guns out of the wrong hands and help police apprehend perpetrators of gun violence. Recognizing the progress that Governor Murphy has already made on the issue, the Brady Campaign released a report showing that the Governor’s executive order on gun purchasing by state and local government has had a positive effect on public safety

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

We’re continuing to spotlight our 2022 Congressional candidates, and today’s highlight is Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.! Congressman Payne has spent his career fighting for working families by expanding access to affordable healthcare, creating quality union jobs, and making neighborhoods safer. As a member of several powerful committees and subcommittees, Congressman Payne has been at the forefront of some of the most impactful legislation affecting New Jersey. You can learn more about his campaign here: https://www.paynejr4congress.com/

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden’s leadership is continuing to deliver results by improving our economy, with the unemployment rate now down to 3.6% — nearly half of what it was when the President took office. This Monday marked Tax Day, and the difference in approach between President Biden and congressional Republicans couldn’t be clearer:
 

  • President Biden’s plan would give tax relief to tens of millions of families, and he’d apply new minimum taxes on billionaires and large corporations to make sure they’re paying their fair share.
     
  • Billionaires should not pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers. President Biden’s plan will ensure working families see much-needed tax relief, while big corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share.
     
  • President Biden’s plan wouldn’t raise taxes by a penny on anyone making less than $400,000.
     
  • The Republican plan, pushed by Rick Scott, could increase middle-class families’ taxes by an average of nearly $1,500 and take $100 billion out of the hands of middle-class families each year.
     
  • Not only that – but Rick Scott’s plan also calls for sunsetting federal legislation after five years, which could jeopardize Social Security and Medicare.

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. Thank you to all who came to our NJDSC Coalitions Mixer this Wednesday in Red Bank. We thank Assembly Speaker Coughlin for joining us as well. We are looking forward to the last mixer of our Spring Mixer Series in South Jersey next week! You can RSVP here if you’d like to join us: https://www.mobilize.us/njdsc/event/450854/

Democrat,

As you know, last month New Jersey Democrats wrote to DNC Chair Jaime Harrison requesting to have our Presidential primary moved up to one of the first four slots. I believe firmly that having our Presidential candidates compete in a diverse state like New Jersey will make our party stronger. This week we saw the first significant momentum in that direction, with the DNC announcing that it will officially consider reworking the primary calendar. I spoke to NPR about this change and why New Jersey is the right choice to lead the nation. Together with Vice-Chair Schaffer and our team, we will continue to make the case for New Jersey. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

After years of effort from Governor Murphy and legislative leaders, New Jersey’s legal cannabis market is now ready to open next week. This is the culmination of a movement that started over a decade ago and has been spearheaded by grassroots advocates who saw the unjustness of a system that jailed Black and brown people for marijuana possession at a dramatically higher rate. I would like to also recognize the work of Senate President Nicholas Scutari, who sponsored the original legalization bill, the grassroots community organizers who spent many years educating our legislators and the public about cannabis and about the social justice and economic imperatives of this legislation, and Governor Murphy who campaigned on this issue and pushed to make it a reality.

For more information about New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis program including important safety procedures and more, visit the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission website

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

This week, we’re spotlighting Rep. Tom Malinowski! Since 2018, he’s fought to create a stronger New Jersey economy. He helped secure funding for the Gateway Program and has worked to lower healthcare costs. He’s an advocate for the America COMPETES Act which would strengthen the US economy. Rep. Malinowski has worked to bolster the American supply chain and he also voted to pass the CARES Act. He continues to fight to restore the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction for middle-class New Jerseyans. 

To help with his reelection, visit malinowskifornj.com.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden is continuing to support the Ukrainian people in their fight against Vladimir Putin and the Russians, authorizing a new round of funding for weapons, ammunition, and supplies. The bravery and valor shown by the Ukrainians continue to be a true inspiration, and President Biden continues to meet this historic moment. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. — Thank you to everyone who attended our first Coalitions Mixer last night in Morristown! The event was a tremendous success, and you could feel the energy in the room.  Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming events in Central and South Jersey as we work to engage with Democrats all over our state. 

I would also like to recognize the important religious occasions happening this weekend, including Passover, Easter, and Vaisakhi. Celebrating New Jersey’s diversity is critically important and we at the NJDSC always want to highlight the many cultures that make our state so unique. 

Democrat,

Yesterday was a momentous day for our country. In a bipartisan vote, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Supreme Court. When Judge Jackson is sworn in later this summer, she will be the first Black woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is an accomplished lawyer, public defender, and distinguished federal judge, and she showed incredible grace and poise throughout this process even when confronted with unfair, vicious attacks from Senate Republicans. Read my full statement on this historic victory here. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy is continuing to tour the state to discuss his budget plan, which would increase funding for public schools by $650 million from already historic levels. This week, the Governor visited Chatham High School to see first-hand the positive impact that additional school funding is having on communities throughout the state. Education is the key to our state’s future, and Governor Murphy’s commitment to that value is unquestionable. 

CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting New Jersey’s excellent Congressional Democrats heading into their re-election campaigns this Fall. Today, we are spotlighting Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, who represents the 11th District. Congresswoman Sherrill has authored 20 pieces of bipartisan legislation, invested in infrastructure, and worked to strengthen our economy and lower taxes for the middle class. As a veteran and a mother, she is a strong voice for New Jersey families in Washington. 

To help with Mikie’s re-election, mikiesherrill.com.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Barack Obama returned to the White House this week to stand with President Biden and Vice President Harris and announce new executive action to improve the Affordable Care Act and help 200,000 families gain health insurance. President Biden’s decisive action on this issue will help these families immeasurably, giving them the financial stability and peace of mind that comes with having affordable health care. This is the kind of leadership we can expect from Democrats — while Congressional Republicans are once again vowing to repeal Obamacare, President Biden and Democrats are strengthening it. 

– Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 


P.S. — A few weeks ago we began an exciting initiative that we believe will make our Democratic Party stronger and more reflective of our nation’s diversity, by officially asking DNC Chair Jaime Harrison to allow New Jersey to move its Presidential Primary earlier to become one of the first in the nation. Now, a new poll shows that most New Jersey residents and a strong majority of Democrats agree. This is welcome news and more momentum for our push to make sure our nominating process reflects the diversity that New Jersey embodies.

Democrat,

Today in Jersey City, a parade was held to celebrate the historic run by New Jersey’s own Saint Peter’s University to the Elite Eight. Fans from across the region came out to cheer on our very own Cinderella team. Saint Peter’s is the first 15 seed in NCAA Men’s College Basketball history to reach the Elite Eight and they deserve all the recognition they are receiving. 

Saint Peter’s captivated the nation during this phenomenal run and made us all extremely proud. New Jersey is a powerhouse for higher education and athletic excellence and the world got a front-row seat to that excellence last month. #StrutUp

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

New Jersey has seen its credit rating upgraded twice in one month. Yesterday, S&P Global Ratings raised its rating of New Jersey for the first time since 2005, giving New Jersey a stable financial outlook. This comes during the same month that Moody’s gave the state a credit upgrade, something it hasn’t done in 45 years. Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, our state is making fiscally responsible decisions, setting us up for a strong financial future.. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

Yesterday, President Biden announced bold and unprecedented steps to lower gas prices and put America on the path to energy independence. The U.S. will be releasing 1 million barrels a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to curb prices while additionally invoking the Defense of Production Act to ramp up domestic production of minerals that are needed for electric car batteries. In the short term, these decisions will help to ease the burden at the pump, while in the long term we are transitioning to clean energy. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. – As Ramadan begins this evening, I would like to say Ramadan Mubarak to all of my brothers and sisters in the Muslim community!

Democrat,

This week Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has withstood increasingly troubling attacks from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee while showing an inspiring level of grace and poise. It’s clear that the Republicans have no argument against Judge Jackson’s sterling qualifications, so they have pulled out the Trump playbook once again to smear this decorated legal scholar. It’s unfortunate, but not at all surprising. 

While Republicans continue to embarrass themselves, our own U.S. Senator Cory Booker showed why his leadership is so essential. Senator Booker delivered a moving speech about Judge Jackson’s unique place in history, being on the brink of striking a blow for equality that is truly unprecedented. In doing so, he once again reminded us how lucky New Jersey is to have Cory Booker representing us in Washington. Watch Cory’s heartfelt speech here

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

With the chaos in Ukraine continuing, Governor Murphy is answering the call to accept refugees from the war-torn country. This comes on the heels of Governor Murphy appearing at local Ukrainian churches and community centers to show his support, as well as working with federal representatives to help collect donations and ship them overseas. The firm resistance the Ukrainian people are showing to Russian aggression is inspiring, and we’re glad to see Governor Murphy leading the way. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden’s leadership was on display again this week as he traveled to Europe to meet with other world leaders and rally support for the Ukrainian cause. The President met with leaders of the G7 nations and pressed for additional sanctions on the Putin regime and the Russian economy. Along with the direct military aid supplied to the Ukrainians, this kind of international cooperation led by the United States is critical. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. – Good luck to New Jersey’s own Saint Peter’s University tonight in their Sweet 16 matchup against Purdue!