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!

Democrat,

This week, our party officially notified Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison and the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee that New Jersey would like to be considered as a potential new early Presidential primary state. With our state’s strong diversity of both people and geography, our strong Democratic values, and our position as a critically important state for the midterm election, I believe that New Jersey offers what no other state can for this position. 

You can read my full letter to Chairman Harrison here, and please stay tuned for more updates on this important initiative to help our party move forward with a modernized nominating process that lives up to our values. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy is continuing to build public support for the new ANCHOR property tax rebate program, penning an Op-Ed along with Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and State Treasurer Liz Muoio on how the new initiative will make New Jersey more affordable for the middle class. Our Governor is showing his commitment to deliver much-needed tax relief, while also continuing to invest in our future by proposing more funding for public schools, expanded health coverage for children, more affordable college tuition, and much more.  

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden is continuing to stand up against fascism by providing a new round of military aid to Ukraine to support the country in its struggle against the Russian invasion. This commitment of $800 million in arms and equipment will allow the brave men and women of Ukraine to continue their battle against Putin’s forces, while at the same time American-led economic sanctions deal serious damage to the Russian economy. President Biden’s resolute leadership is making a real difference in this tragic struggle for survival against Russian aggression. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

P.S. – I would like to congratulate the Saint Peter’s University Men’s Basketball team on their incredible victory over Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament! We’re Peacock Proud across New Jersey today, and we hope that Seton Hall will join them soon in the Round of 32! 

Democrat,

With the weather getting warmer and Spring approaching, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee is working to support our Democratic candidates up and down the ballot this Fall. Recently, we welcomed two new members to our team who will work with our Executive Director Saily Avelenda and the rest of our staff to build out the programming, outreach and campaigns we need to win key elections this year. I would like to welcome our new Deputy Executive Director Leslye Moya and Coalitions Director Kinn Badger to our team, both of whom are dedicated, experienced leaders who will significantly expand our party’s capabilities. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Earlier this week Governor Murphy delivered his annual budget address to the state legislature, where he laid out his administration’s fiscal priorities for the year. With the steady hand of Governor Murphy and our Democratic legislators on the helm, New Jersey’s financial outlook is continuing to improve – we actually received our first credit rating upgrade in over a decade recently, a testament to the hard work that has been done to get out of the hole left behind by Chris Christie and the Republicans. 

Governor Murphy’s budget includes numerous investments in our people and our future, and it drew widespread praise not just from his fellow Democrats but from advocacy groups, business leaders and more. From investing in our children with expanded health care coverage and school funding, to building more affordable housing, to providing property tax relief for both middle class homeowners and renters and much more, this budget is meant to make New Jersey more affordable while building for our future. Read my full statement on Governor Murphy’s budget here. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

Continuing his steadfast support for the people of Ukraine and efforts to isolate Russia on the international stage and decimate its economy, President Biden announced a ban on Russian oil imports. Along with the economic sanctions already leveled against Putin’s regime, the goal of this policy is to send a clear message that Russian aggression will not be tolerated. While this decision will cause pain at gas pumps, this is a shared sacrifice that pales in comparison to the upheaval and humanitarian crisis being experienced by the Ukrainian people. I commend President Biden for holding Putin accountable and doing what’s needed to provide true global leadership. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

Democrat,

The tragic situation in Ukraine is continuing to unfold, with the Russian invasion of this peaceful country drawing outrage around the globe. Here at the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, we stand unequivocally with the Ukrainian people and commend leaders from our country and on the global stage that are coming together to support the resistance and hold Vladimir Putin accountable for this unprovoked, unlawful act of aggression. If you would like to support the Ukrainian cause, here are some resources and places where donations can be made. 

Here at home COVID-19 cases continue to decline, giving our leaders the opportunity to ease public health restrictions in a responsible way based on science. The country also added 678,000 new jobs in February according to data released today – strong growth that, combined with the decline in new COVID cases, is a positive sign our economy continues to move in the right direction. Finally, President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan will continue to boost our economy moving forward, while making much-needed investments in our roads, bridges, broadband connectivity and much more. 

Of course, we have much more work to do both here and across the globe to fight against injustice and help people live a better life. But the signs of progress we are seeing here in our country, and of the global community coming together to stand up to fascism, are both incredibly inspiring. 

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week, Governor Phil Murphy announced a new plan to address our state’s affordability crisis by providing direct property tax relief to homeowners and renters. The ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program would provide direct rebate checks to 2 million New Jerseyans, helping lower their out-of-pocket costs at a time when inflation continues to rise. This much-needed program would help ease the burden residents are facing and position them for success as the economy continues to improve. I applaud Governor Murphy and our Democratic legislators for their willingness to tackle the property tax issue and make sure that New Jersey remains the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family. We need to continue to focus on the very real impact of property taxes on our state economy.  

Governor Murphy is also continuing his commitment to equity and inclusion, nominating a slate of judicial appointments with a historic level of diversity. This is a great step forward for representation for all of the communities that make up our New Jersey family. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address this week, projecting the kind of unity and leadership we need at this tumultuous time. Among many other priorities, the President released a four point Unity Plan designed to tackle important issues in a bipartisan way. Issues like beating the opioid crisis, improving mental health care, supporting veterans and putting an end to cancer as we know it can all be tackled together, as a unified country. President Biden was elected to bring stability and leadership to our country after four chaotic years under Donald Trump, and he’s proving again that we made the right choice in backing him. Read my full statement on the SOTU here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The campaign to defeat Republican Jeff Van Drew is heating up, and if you want to learn more about the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination you can sign up here to attend a virtual meet and greet event to learn more about their platforms and ideas. This event is hosted by partners of the NJDSC. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. 

Democrat,

This week has seen several monumental victories for our party in key legal battles concerning legislative and congressional redistricting. Our goal in both of these processes has been simple – to arrive at maps that are constitutional, that reflect the growing diversity of our state, and that give Democrats the opportunity to win and to protect our majorities in both Washington and Trenton.  

As you know, last week, I chose to make a change on the Apportionment Commission and appoint Laura Matos to the Commission.  I am happy to report that this week, a judge upheld my decision. With the addition of Ms. Matos, the Apportionment Commission now better reflects the diversity of our state.  Also this week, the State Supreme Court rejected a Republican challenge to the new Congressional map for failure to state a claim.  

Both of these victories will put Democrats in a solid position to win in both 2022 and 2023, allowing our party to continue pursuing policy objectives that lift up working families, make our economy more fair and vital, and create more opportunities for people who need them. As Chairman, that is my mission and I’m very glad to have done what is necessary to make that happen.   

Watch my remarks at a recent legislative apportionment hearing to hear more about the importance of ensuring diversity and proper representation on the commission, and read more from advocacy groups, legislators and more who support the appointment of Laura Matos here.  

GOVERNOR MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy nominated one of the state’s most distinguished and brilliant legal minds to be our next Attorney General in Matt Platkin. I have had the privilege to know Matt for several years, and I echo the sentiments of so many state legislators, clergy members, social justice advocates and so many others who are supportive of this nomination. I look forward to seeing Matt Platkin get to work on the many important initiatives he will undertake to make New Jersey stronger and fairer.  

Watch Governor Murphy nominate Matt Platkin for Attorney General here.

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE 

Newly released reports today show that the economy created almost 500,000 new jobs in January, which is far ahead of expectations and reflects the continued rebound of our economy under President Biden’s leadership. In fact, the last year has been the greatest 12 months of job creation in our nation’s history, and we can expect to see more improvements as the numbers of new COVID-19 cases continue to drop with the Omicron wave nearing an end.  

As always, Democrats are doing the work to get our economy moving and create more opportunities for the American people, while Republicans fixate on culture war issues and grievance politics designed to rally their base. We have to get this message to every voter as we near the midterms later this year – Democrats are fighting for the people and delivering real results.  

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.  

Democrat,


The new year is in full swing and with it comes a newly sworn-in state legislature. I’m so proud of all the Democrats who took office this week in new positions, including many who made history including Assemblywoman Ellen Park as the first Korean woman to serve as well as Assemblywoman Shama Haider and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer who are the first two Muslims to take office. They are joined by Gordon Johnson who became the first Black State Senator to represent Bergen County, and my good friend Senator Teresa Ruiz who is now the first Latina Majority Leader in history. Congratulations to all of these outstanding Democratic leaders for pushing our state forward toward truly representing our diverse population.

I also want to congratulate our new Senate President Nicholas Scutari, who along with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will be working together with Governor Phil Murphy to move our state forward. There is a lot of work to do, from making New Jersey more affordable to middle class and working families to bringing more economic opportunities to every community in our state and much more, and we’re excited to see what this new leadership team and our new members will do to rise up to these challenges.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Phil Murphy delivered his annual State of the State speech this week, where he took a moment to look back at the successes of the last four years and forward to new initiatives designed to make our state stronger and fairer. Some of the highlights of Governor Murphy’s record discussed in the speech include: 

– New Jersey has jumped from 47th in GDP growth (average 2009-2017) to 4th (3thQ 2021) 

– Slowest growth in property taxes over any four year period on record

– Lowered health care costs by 22% in the individual market

– Governor Murphy will deliver a plan to the Legislature to lower prescription drug prices

– New Jersey has paid its first full pension payment in 25 years

– Taxpayers will save $36 billion in long term retiree healthcare cost 

Watch Gov. Murphy’s full SOTS speech here to see more of his plans for the coming years. 

CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE

Congressman Tom Malinowski made it clear this week – he’s running for re-election, and he’s running to win. With an increasingly crowded Republican Primary field on the other side and a massive recent fundraising haul, Congressman Malinowski is ready to run one in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive races in the state. Donate here to Tom’s campaign to help keep him in office and make sure we hold on to control of the House of Representatives. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. Thank you to the members of the Democratic State Committee for voting unanimously for a new two-year term for myself and our incredible leadership team. Serving you as Chairman is the honor of my political career and I will always work hard to deliver the results our party deserves.

Democrat,
Welcome back to our weekly Chairman’s Update email, where we highlight some of the important work Democrats are doing to deliver for the people of New Jersey. With the holiday season upon us it’s an important time to reflect on the blessings we have and to consider what we can do to continue helping our friends and neighbors. Here in Essex County we just completed our annual Drive-Through Toy Drive, where hundreds of supporters donated toys to local children in need. I know there are many other examples of Democrats helping out in their communities to spread joy and fellowship this holiday season and we will be highlighting other examples in this weekly update.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

With the Omicron variant beginning to spread and holiday gatherings approaching, getting vaccinated has never been more important to keeping New Jersey safe. As he has been since the start of the pandemic, Governor Murphy is providing the steady leadership we need and is now encouraging all residents who have already been vaccinated to receive a booster dose to make sure they continue to be protected. If you have not yet received your booster or need to get your first dose, you can find local vaccination sites and make an appointment here.

CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE

Congressman Josh Gottheimer released his new Affordability Agenda this week that seeks to address several of the major areas of concern in the nation’s economy while supporting the job and wage growth that are helping working families get ahead. Congressman Gottheimer’s plan would focus on solving the supply chain problems that are leading to higher costs and product availability issues while also continuing his fight to restore the SALT dedication and lower taxes on middle-class New Jerseyans. We applaud Congressman Gottheimer and our entire Democratic delegation for standing up for our residents and working to make our state more affordable. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN UPDATE

President Biden’s administration is taking decisive action to lower costs while continuing the country’s strong economic growth, and the results are already starting to show. Gas prices are now falling since the President announced his decision to tap into the nation’s strategic oil reserve to provide relief to drivers at the pump, a welcome sign heading into the holiday season when many people will be traveling to visit family and friends. Meanwhile, weekly unemployment claims just hit a 52-year low as more people are returning to the workforce even while wages are increasing sharply. It all adds up to a recovering economy that has the potential to dramatically improve Americans’ quality of life, which will be even more powerful once the President’s Build Back Better agenda is passed by Congress. 

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.