November 13, 2016
By NJ AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech
Labor reelected our union brother Donald Norcross from IBEW 351 to Congress and paved the way to a victory in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District by electing Joshua Gottheimer. We were also proud to elect five of our labor candidates to our state’s county Freeholder boards.
Through the labor candidates program, we elected 38 rank-and-file members to public office, achieving a win ratio of 79% and a total win-count of 913 since 1997. In addition, working families succeeded in passing ballot question #2 to dedicate additional gas tax revenue to the Transportation Trust Fund. New Jersey also became the first state in the nation to completely transition from paper labor walk packets to the MiniVAN smartphone app, greatly boosting the efficiency of our voter education efforts.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political education program is second to none thanks to the invaluable support of all Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, and affiliates and we will continue our work heading into the 2017 gubernatorial election and the battles ahead.