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WPCNJ Congratulates WPCNJ Board & Members Named 2017 Insider 100 Power List

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates 2017 INSIDERNJ 100 Power List Honorees!  Kudos to WPCNJ board members, Jeanine Frisby LaRue, Tai Cooper and Kelly Stewart Maer being named and along with members, Brigid Harrison, Peg Schaffer, and Patrizia "Trish" Zita, recognizing their political power and influence in NJ.

Join WPCNJ and many other powerful movers and shakers at WPCNJ's upcoming Passion Power and Progress awards reception on Feb 8th! For more info, click here.

View the entire list from INSIDERNJ

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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Endorses Forty-Six Female Legislative Candidates; PAC Announces Nearly $40k in Contributions

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of forty-six female legislative candidates for the General Election in November. The WPCNJ PAC is set to distribute nearly $40,000 in contributions to support a key group of its endorsed candidates at an event in Trenton on October 5. 

"These forty-six endorsements reflect a strong showing of female candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights, regardless of party affiliation," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner.

The WPCNJ PAC is prepared to make significant contributions to candidates in the 2017 election cycle. WPCNJ PAC Chair Jennifer Mancuso added, "We are thrilled to contribute nearly $40,000 to support a diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing, and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."

According to The Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP), women hold a mere 36 of the 120 (30%) New Jersey legislative seats, down from last year's record of 37 women legislators (30.8%). "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling."  

 

2017 Legislative Candidates Receiving Endorsement

*signifies incumbent

 

Gabriela Mosquera (D)* District 4, Assembly

Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)* District 5, Senate

Patricia Egan Jones (D)* District 5, Assembly

Pamela R. Lampitt (D)* District 6, Assembly

Carol Murphy (D) District 7, Assembly

Joanne Schwartz (D) District 8, Assembly

Maryann Merlino (D) District 8, Assembly

Jill Dobrowansky (D) District 9, Assembly

Emma Mammano (D) District  10, Senate

Joann Downey (D)* District 11, Assembly

Mariel Didato (D) District 13, Assembly

Linda Greenstein (D)* District 14, Senate

Shirley Turner (D)* District 15, Senate

Elizabeth Muoio (D)* District 15, Assembly

Laurie Poppe (D) District 16, Senate

Nancy Pinkin  (D)* District 18, Assembly

Yvonne Lopez (D) District 19, Assembly

Annette Quijano (D)* District 20, Assembly

Jill Lazare (D) District 21, Senate

Lacey Rzeszowski (D) District 21, Assembly

Nancy Munoz (R)* District 21, Assembly

Christine Lui Chen (D) District 23 Senate

Laura Shaw (D) District 23, Assembly

Kate Matteson (D) District 24, Assembly

Gina Trish (D) District 24, Assembly

Lisa Bhimani (D) District 25, Senate

Mila M. Jasey (D)* District 27, Assembly

Cleopatra Tucker (D)* District 28, Assembly

M. Teresa Ruiz (D)* District 29, Senate

Eliana Pintor Marin (D)* District 29, Assembly

Shanique Speight (D) District 29, Assembly

Sandra Cunningham (D)* District 31, Senate

Angela McKnight (D)* District 31, Assembly

Angelica Jimenez (D)* District 32, Assembly

Annette Chaparro (D)* District 33, Assembly

Nia Gill (D)* District 34, Senate

Sheila Oliver (D)* District 34, Assembly

Nellie Pou (D)* District 35, Senate

Shavonda Sumter* (D) District 35, Assembly

Marlene Caride* (D) District 35, Assembly

Loretta Weinberg (D)* District 3, Senate

Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)* District 37, Assembly

Linda Schwager (D) District 39, Senate

Jannie Chung (D) District 39, Assembly

Holly Schepisi (R)* District 39, Assembly

Christine Ordway (D) District 40, Assembly

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WPCNJ Expresses Condolences to Senator Linda Greenstein

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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) wishes to express its deepest condolences to Senator Linda Greenstein and her son Evan on the passing of her husband Michael.  He was an long time supporter of WPCNJ as Senator Greenstein's companion to many events.  WPCNJ President Chrissy Buteas states, "I as deeply saddened to hear this news. I was with Michael last week talking to him about local politics. He was a consistent familiar face on the campaign trail with the Senator.  He will be missed."

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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Endorses Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for Governor

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Endorses Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for Governor
Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno for Governor.  

Shari Weiner, Chair of the Political Resources Committee stated, "The Lt. Governor has been a long-time supporter of the Caucus and is aligned with the core mission of the organization: to increase the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protect reproductive freedom, and promote equal rights for women."
 
"The WPCNJ PAC is proud to show our support of the Lt. Governor by making the maximum contribution permitted as part of nearly $40,000 in contributions for our endorsed female candidates in the 2017 election." Weiner added.

Lt. Governor Guadagno began her public service career as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. Following a move to Monmouth County, New Jersey, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark.

Like many women in elected office, Lt. Governor Guadagno first decided to run for public office to solve real problems facing her community and make it a better place to live, work, and raise a family. In 2005, she was elected as a Borough Commissioner in Monmouth Beach. Lt. Governor Guadagno became the first woman elected Sheriff in Monmouth County history in 2007, leading a 650-member, $65 million law enforcement agency.  In 2010 she was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lt. Governor and was re-elected in 2013.  Simultaneously serving as Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Guadagno serves as New Jersey's chief election official, oversees promotion of the state's $40 billion tourism industry, and administers programs related to the arts, culture, and history.

Jeralyn Lawrence, Member of the WPCNJ Republican Task Force, added, "Lt. Governor Guadagno is a highly qualified, well-respected candidate with a distinguished career as an advocate for New Jersey women and their families. With just a single female governor in the state's history, we are excited to announce our support for her gubernatorial campaign."  

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WPCNJ Endorses Forty-Six Female Legislative Candidates

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
 Endorses Forty-Six Female Legislative Candidates; 
PAC Announces Nearly $40k in Contributions
 

Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of forty-six female legislative candidates for the General Election in November. The WPCNJ PAC is set to distribute nearly $40,000 in contributions to support a key group of its endorsed candidates at an event in Trenton on October 5.

 

"These forty-six endorsements reflect a strong showing of female candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights, regardless of party affiliation," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner.

 

The WPCNJ PAC is prepared to make significant contributions to candidates in the 2017 election cycle. WPCNJ PAC Chair Jennifer Mancuso added, "We are thrilled to contribute nearly $40,000 to support a diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing, and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."

 

According to The Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP), women hold a mere 36 of the 120 (30%) New Jersey legislative seats, down from last year's record of 37 women legislators (30.8%). "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling."  

 
2017 Legislative Candidates Receiving Endorsement
*signifies incumbent
 
Gabriela Mosquera (D)* District 4, Assembly
Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)* District 5, Senate
Patricia Egan Jones (D)* District 5, Assembly
Pamela R. Lampitt (D)* District 6, Assembly
Carol Murphy (D) District 7, Assembly
Joanne Schwartz (D) District 8, Assembly
Maryann Merlino (D) District 8, Assembly
Jill Dobrowansky (D) District 9, Assembly
Emma Mammano (D) District  10, Senate
Joann Downey (D)* District 11, Assembly
Mariel Didato (D) District 13, Assembly
Linda Greenstein (D)* District 14, Senate
Shirley Turner (D)* District 15, Senate
Elizabeth Muoio (D)* District 15, Assembly
Laurie Poppe (D) District 16, Senate
Nancy Pinkin  (D)* District 18, Assembly
Yvonne Lopez (D) District 19, Assembly
Annette Quijano (D)* District 20, Assembly
Jill Lazare (D) District 21, Senate
Lacey Rzeszowski (D) District 21, Assembly
Nancy Munoz (R)* District 21, Assembly
Christine Lui Chen (D) District 23 Senate
Laura Shaw (D) District 23, Assembly
Kate Matteson (D) District 24, Assembly
Gina Trish (D) District 24, Assembly
Lisa Bhimani (D) District 25, Senate
Mila M. Jasey (D)* District 27, Assembly
Cleopatra Tucker (D)* District 28, Assembly
M. Teresa Ruiz (D)* District 29, Senate
Eliana Pintor Marin (D)* District 29, Assembly
Shanique Speight (D) District 29, Assembly
Sandra Cunningham (D)* District 31, Senate
Angela McKnight (D)* District 31, Assembly
Angelica Jimenez (D)* District 32, Assembly
Annette Chaparro (D)* District 33, Assembly
Nia Gill (D)* District 34, Senate
Sheila Oliver (D)* District 34, Assembly
Nellie Pou (D)* District 35, Senate
Shavonda Sumter* (D) District 35, Assembly
Marlene Caride* (D) District 35, Assembly
Loretta Weinberg (D)* District 3, Senate
Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)* District 37, Assembly
Linda Schwager (D) District 39, Senate
Jannie Chung (D) District 39, Assembly
Holly Schepisi (R)* District 39, Assembly
Christine Ordway (D) District 40, Assembly
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Prominent Statewide Women's Groups Call On Unapologetic Space to Resign

Prominent Statewide Women's Groups Call on Unapologetic Space to Resign After Caught Calling Opponent a "Bitch" Three Times in Thirty-Three Seconds
                                                   
Today, prominent statewide women's groups including the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey, LUPE PAC, PAM'S List, the Women's Caucus of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, and the New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women denounce remarks made by Asm. Parker Space and demand his resignation. His recent derogatory comments against his Democratic opponent Kate Matteson are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  
 
Space, rather than apologize for calling his opponent a "bitch" three times in thirty-three seconds, has offered up a rather pathetic justification--that everyone uses the term. This so-called defense wouldn't pass muster in a school setting, let alone from a sitting assemblyperson. His comments and ridiculous excuses embolden misogyny at a time when we need those in power to denounce it with the full weight of their office. Space has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions, and so we call on him to resign immediately.
 
For more information contact:
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey President Chrissy Buteas, info@wpcnj.org

 

WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus and is the authoritative voice for women in New Jersey politics. WPCNJ is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.

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WPCNJ Mourns the Passing of Long-time Board Member Hon. Eileen Thornton

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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of long-time Board Member Eileen Thornton, a staunch proponent of advancing women and a pioneer for women's political advocacy in the state. 

Eileen was a lifelong public servant who gave tirelessly throughout a career in state government. A leader in Mercer County Democratic politics, she was elected as a former Councilwoman in Hamilton and served as the President of the Hamilton Township Democratic Club at the time of her passing. Eileen was a gubernatorial appointee as a public member on the NJ Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Vice President of the Communications of America, Local 1036, Retiree Chapter, Development Committee Chairperson for Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County and member of the fundraising committee for the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, member of the Mercer County WPCNJ Chapter, and Sunshine Foundation.

 

Eileen served three years as President of WPCNJ and Chairwoman of its PAC. She was also elected to the National Board and served on the Political Resources Committee and as Vice President of the Democratic Task Force.

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WPCNJ President Chrissy Buteas said, "New Jersey mourns the passing of Eileen Thornton, a tireless advocate and role model for young women, who long demonstrated that women have a seat at the table.  Eileen was a friend and mentor to many with a contagious passion and energy that will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with Eileen Thornton's family at this time."

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2017 Ready to Run Scholarships

The Education and Training Fund of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships for our members who wish to attend the world class Center for American Women & Politics 2017 Ready to Run  conference being held March 10-11.  The conference provides training for potential candidates and campaign staff, as well as valuable information for those who want to know more about getting more women elected to office.  Whether you are ready to run, thinking of running, or wondering how you can help get more women elected, Ready to Run is for YOU!
 
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please email info@wpcnj.org with subject line "Ready to Run".  
 
* Open to WPCNJ members  in good standing as of scholarship application date. 
 
* Scholarship applications must be submitted according to instructions provided.
(Please note "WPCNJ" in the "How did you hear?" part of the registration form) 
 
*  Scholarship recipients are responsible for $25 of the registration fee.  Please make payment directly to CAWP to secure your reservation and scholarship.  


Scholarships are limited and will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.
 

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WPCNJ BOE member Patricia Teffenhart Keynote Speaker for Women's March Asbury Park

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                                                                                                                    Join WPCNJ board member Patricia Teffenhart, executive director NJCASA at Women's March Asbury Park on January 21st! Event starts at 12:00pm - Register here

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Join the March on New Jersey - Saturday, January 21

Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 21st
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
10:00 a.m.
*Seating for the event begins at 9:00 a.m. 
Early arrival is strongly encouraged due to the large turnout anticipated.
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