For months we have heard Republicans across the country talk about the “red wave” that would be coming in November, but we were always confident: there would be no Republican surge here in New Jersey or throughout the country. At best, that wave was just a trickle. And that is because of everyone who supported our candidates, knocked on doors, made phone calls, sent texts, spoke to their neighbors, donated and much more. Democracy requires work, and you all worked hard to get us through Tuesday.
NEW JERSEY ELECTION UPDATE
Democrats in New Jersey held onto 9 of our 10 Democratic U.S. House seats and we held control of the county offices in Bergen, Passaic, and Somerset counties – major victories for New Jerseyans across the entire state.
Democrats like Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Andy Kim, and Congressman Josh Gottheimer were re-elected this week because they have demonstrated that they will fight for their constituents, work across the aisle, and stand up for our principles and values. Congratulations is also in order for Congressman-elect Rob Menendez, Jr., who has won his first term representing the 8th District, as well as our Democratic House delegation including Congressman Donald Norcross, Congressman Frank Pallone, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman.
On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and Democrats throughout our state, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Tom Malinowski for a hard fought campaign and a principled record of fighting for his constituents over the last 4 years. Tom embodies everything we value in our representatives: a commitment to protecting and uplifting our most vulnerable communities, a lengthy record of public service, and a selfless dedication to his constituents. Congressman-elect Tom Kean, Jr. has some big shoes to fill and we look forward to ensuring that he is held accountable to his constituents and to our New Jersey values.
I also thank congressional candidates Tim Alexander and Matt Jenkins for their commitment to our party and our democracy.
While we are still analyzing all the data (and remember, there are votes still being counted), we know voters in New Jersey showed up and made it clear that we will continue to reject right-wing extremism and instead elect public servants who will fight for our middle class families and our personal freedoms.
We need every one of you to work as hard next year as you did this year. This is a big ask, but we cannot allow our New Jersey legislature to fall under Republican control. Everything we have fought for, everything Governor Murphy has done to protect our freedoms in this volatile national climate, all of it can be gone if we lose next November.
So get some rest, but remember: the fight to hold New Jersey’s Legislature begins now.
NATIONAL ELECTION UPDATE
While pundits went on the air, on social media, and in print to predict historic Democratic losses throughout the nation in these midterms, Democratic voters and activists once again proved everyone wrong. As it stands now, control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate remains undetermined, with the results dependent on several key races that have not yet been called, but it is clear that voters came out to reject GOP extremism and Trump fanaticism across the country. Meanwhile Kentucky, Vermont, Michigan, and California protected a woman’s right to choose with ballot propositions. Maryland and Missouri voted to legalize recreational cannabis use and we also celebrated electing the first two lesbian governors in U.S. History – Tina Kotek in Oregon and Maura Healey in Massachusetts, while also seeing Maryland’s first Black governor elected in Wes Moore.
The fight, however, is still not over in some key battleground states so please join me and the entire NJDSC team as we bring some “Jersey” to the rest of the nation by volunteering our time towards phone banks for Nevada to call supporters whose ballots were rejected and help them cure their ballot so their vote for Democrats counts. Please also consider donating to Senator Raphael Warnock’s campaign in Georgia where a run-off election is scheduled for December. Be on the lookout for text and phone bank opportunities to help Georgia.
Thank you again to everyone who has been an active participant in the democratic process and creating a more just and fair state – and country. I am constantly reminded that when we all come together, anything is possible.
— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
P.S. Today is Veterans Day when we celebrate the bravery and commitment to our country of those who have served in our armed forces – protecting and defending America and its values. I am constantly inspired and in awe of the community of veterans we have in New Jersey and am looking forward to continuing to work with Debbie Hamilton-Clax and the rest of our Veterans Caucus to make sure the needs and rights of our veterans are advocated for at every level of government.