The new site showcases opportunities for voters to get involved in helping to elect Democratic candidates who will work to build a stronger, fairer New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has launched a totally revamped website with new branding ahead of the critical 2021 election season. The website features opportunities to get involved, donate to Democratic candidates and be a part of events taking place throughout the year are all highlighted on the new site. Voters may also stay up to date with a regularly updated news feed and access important voter resources. The site is fully integrated with the Mobilize platform, which allows the party, candidates and grassroots advocates to create events and other activities and connect with voters. 

“We are investing in updated technologies to make our party more accessible to Democrats across New Jersey.  Our new website is another tool to make it easier for Democrats to get involved in moving our party and our state forward,” said NJDSC Chairman John Currie. “This investment will pay political dividends ahead of the November elections, where we will work together to re-elect our outstanding Governor Phil Murphy and Democrats up and down the ballot who will fight for a stronger and fairer New Jersey.”

“We are extremely excited to launch this new site today, which will have a tremendous impact on our ability to organize ahead of the 2021 election season,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda. “Our party is committed to making it easier for Democrats in New Jersey to get involved and have the resources and information that they need to easily cast their ballots.” 


Black Women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and throughout Black History Month, NJDSC celebrated Black Women leaders in New Jersey, and nationwide. From Vice President Kamala Harris to Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, to leaders in our State Senate and Assembly, Black Women have been at the forefront of progressive change. If you missed our last week of Black History Month videos, watch them, and our wrap-up, here:

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker

Wrap-up Video:

We’re recapping Week 3 of our Black History Month spotlight! This week, we took a look at leaders in the State Legislature who have made a significant impact on their communities throughout their careers. In case you missed them, watch these videos that showcase the many accomplishments of Black women in our State Legislature

Assemblywoman Shanique Speight

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

Assemblywoman Angela McNight

Our Black History Month programming will continue all month, so make sure you follow our NJDSC Facebook and Twitter pages to join us.

We’re recapping Week 2 of our Black History Month spotlight! This week, we took a look at leaders in the State Legislature who have made a significant impact on their communities throughout their careers. In case you missed them, watch these videos that showcase the many accomplishments of Black women in our State Legislature:

State Senator Sandy Cunningham

State Senator Nia Gill

State Senator Shirley Turner

Assemblywoman Linda Carter

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey

Our Black History Month programming will continue all month, so make sure you follow our NJDSC Facebookand Twitter pages to join us. 

The panels will feature Black representatives and faith leaders from throughout the state in addition to Governor Phil Murphy

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Democratic State Committee will host two panels next week as part of its ongoing celebration of Black History Month. On Monday, the 10:00 am panel will take place during the party’s annual “Faith and Democratic Party” Breakfast with Governor Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, and NJDSC Chairman John Currie all making remarks. The Thursday 7:00 pm panel will feature Assemblywomen Linda Carter, Mila Jasey, and Angela McKnight and will be moderated by the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Caucus Fatima Heyward. 

“This month we have been highlighting some of the most powerful African American women in our state and our nation and the incredible contributions they are making every day,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda. “We want to shine a light on their achievements, and also have frank conversations about the challenges facing the African American community and the solutions we can pursue. These upcoming panel discussions will be a great opportunity to bring these issues to the forefront as we continue to honor Black History Month.” 

To take part in the Monday panel go to and for the Thursday panel go to  


Black History Month in New Jersey kicked off this week with a bang! We are proud to be showcasing Black women leaders from our state and across the country this month to thank them for their incredible contributions to our democracy. Here are the first spotlight videos celebrating these wonderful leaders:

Vice President Kamala Harris

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

NJ Supreme Court Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis

NJ Secretary of State Tahesha Way:

Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman:

Our Black History Month programming will continue all month, so make sure you follow our NJDSC Facebook and Twitter pages to join us.

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is calling on State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., to immediately resign from office or give up his appointments to the state’s Congressional Redistricting Commission after his announcement today that he will not seek re-election later this year. Kean unsuccessfully ran for Congress last year against U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D-7), and his decision not to run for State Senate is a clear precursor to once again challenging Rep. Malinowski in 2022. 

“Tom Kean, Jr., just made it clear that his priority is choosing his own voters for a future Congressional race, not working for his constituents during the most challenging period in our state’s history,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda. “Kean’s cynical ploy reeks of selfishness, because it tells voters that he’s more concerned about his own future than theirs. In order to preserve a fair redistricting process Kean should either resign now or publicly give up his appointment power to the commission, because anything less will be seen for what it is — an entrenched Trenton insider gaming the system for his own political benefit.” 


Ciattarelli: “Under Governor Ciattarelli, We Will Use IDs at the Time of Voting”

TRENTON, NJ — At a recent public campaign event, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli made it clear that he’s no moderate — in fact, he’s looking more and more like an extreme conservative who is totally out of step with New Jersey. Ciattarelli proudly boasted that if he were governor of New Jersey, he would implement discriminatory voter suppression laws that have been utilized by Republicans in many parts of the country to disenfranchise Black voters and other underserved communities, continuing to embrace Donald Trump’s debunked lies about widespread voter fraud. The quote from Ciattarelli is as follows:

“I will tell you under Governor Ciattarelli, we will use IDs at the time of voting.” 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, voter ID laws are both inherently discriminatory and often selectively enforced against communities of color. Nationally, nearly 25% of African Americans of voting age lack a government-issued ID, compared to only 8% of white voters. 17% of Latino voters also lack IDs, according to the ACLU. 

“Embracing discriminatory voter ID laws is just the latest evidence that Jack Ciattarelli is far too extreme for the people of New Jersey,” said NJDSC Chairman John Currie. “It should come as no surprise that the same candidate who spoke at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally and perpetuated Donald Trump’s lies about voter fraud would also support the kinds of voter suppression laws that Republicans use to disenfranchise voters of color. Jack Ciattarelli is proving every day that he’s the wrong choice for New Jersey.” 

Ciattarelli’s embrace of discriminatory voter ID laws comes on the heels of him saying publicly that he would halt New Jersey’s planned minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, as well as doubling down on his opposition to State funding for women’s health care.


TRENTON, NJ — During an interview tonight on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on TalkRadio 77 WABC with host David Wildstein, out-of-touch Republican gubernatorial candidate and Trump loyalist Jack Ciattarelli declared his support for stopping New Jersey’s scheduled increases in the minimum wage, which reached $12 per hour on January 1 and will continue going up each year before jumping to $15 per hour in 2024. The exchange is as follows:

Host David Wildstein: New Jersey is on a path now to get to a fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage. Would you want to stop that? Would you stop the road to a fifteen dollar minimum wage?

Jack Ciattarelli: “I would stop that.”

Ciattarelli’s hostility towards working families making a decent living is longstanding; in his years in Trenton, Ciattarelli stood with Chris Christie and voted against raising the minimum wage from $7.15 to $8.50 in 2012 and against gradually raising it to $15 in 2016. He also voted against putting a constitutional amendment referendum on the ballot to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2013. 

“Jack Ciattarelli just came out in favor of stopping wage increases for New Jersey’s working families, while millions are still struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic — that tells you all you need to know about whose side Ciattarelli is on,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avendela. “Governor Murphy and New Jersey Democrats fought hard to make sure all New Jerseyans can earn a living wage and that no one who works a full-time job has to live in poverty. Jack Ciattarelli would set our state back decades at a time we can least afford it, and he’s once again proving that he’s just another extreme conservative Republican who is woefully out of touch with our state.” 


TRENTON, NJ — After the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris this afternoon, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie has released the following statement: 

Today our nation has officially closed the book on the past four years of division, cruelty, and chaos as we begin the process of healing under President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Americans overwhelmingly voted in favor of decency and respect and because of that, I have a tremendous amount of hope for our country in spite of the great challenges that we face. I am comforted to know that we now have a leader with the empathy and experience to overcome the damage that has been done by the previous administration, in addition to ensuring that the COVID-19 crisis is brought to an end. On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and full support to President Biden and Vice President Harris.”