The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of former Congresswoman Marge Roukema. Roukema was a trailblazer as New Jersey's longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives and the dean of the New Jersey congressional delegation. When Roukema retired in 2003, she was the last woman to represent New Jersey in the congressional delegation until Congresswoman elect Bonnie Watson Coleman's historic win last week.
On November 4th, Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman elected to the New Jersey delegation and the first woman elected in over a decade. First elected to the Assembly in 1997, Watson Coleman has spent her career as a proven leader fighting for the women, families, and working people of New Jersey. Amongst her many achievements, she fought to increase the minimum wage and to pass the Paid Family Leave Act. Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman to serve as Assembly Majority Leader and as the Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.
"Congratulations to Bonnie Watson Coleman on her historic win. She has been a proven fighter for women's issues during her service in the Assembly. Her skills and leadership will be of great benefit to the people of New Jersey," said Michel Bitritto, WPCNJ President. "As an organization, WPCNJ is excited for the advancements made in the mid-term Congressional elections, with a record 100 women serving in the House and the Senate. However, there is still much work to be done and we are proud to have Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman paving the way for the future of women in politics."
National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District
Washington, DC - The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) proudly endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman as Representative for New Jersey’s twelfth Congressional District.
“Throughout her career, Bonnie Watson Coleman has demonstrated her passion for women’s rights,” said NWPC President Linda Young. “She will no doubt bring the same dedication to the House of Representatives.”
The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive.
Jennie Lamon-Mullen, Chair of the WPCNJ Republican Task Force, said, "Kathe Donovan, BergenCounty’s and New Jersey’s first and only elected womanCounty Executive, is an outstanding leader for the people of New Jersey. She has dedicated her career to public service and advancing issues important to women, children and families. In 2011, WPCNJ honored Donovan with the Barbara Boggs Sigmund award for the inspiring example she has set as a public leader."
The Democratic Task Force (DTF) of Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of Mary Dougherty for Morris County Democratic Chairwoman and Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq. for Hunterdon County Democratic Chairwoman.
Mary Dougherty is currently Vice Chairwoman of the Morris County Committee and has served as Chairwoman of the Morristown Democratic Committee for the past 8 years.
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) held its 41st annual meeting last night and welcomed New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez. Commissioner Velez graciously shared her experience and said, "We exceed at what we do when we love what we do."
On Thursday, October 17th, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) announced the endorsement of candidates for the November 2013 Legislative race.
Flanked by women from both sides of the aisle including: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senator Diane Allen, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Loretta Weinberg, District 18 Assembly Candidate Nancy Pinkin(D), District 25 Senate candidate Maureen Castriotta (I), and District 26 Senate candidate Avery Ann Hart (D), WPCNJ Political Resource Director Shari Weiner announced that the WPCNJ is endorsing thirty-six women in their bids to win seats in the state Senate and Assembly.
On Tuesday, March 20th, the Board of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) appointed Jeannine LaRue to serve as Interim Chair of the WPCNJ-PAC. Jeannine has extensive experience in government, serving in elected and appointed roles, and has worked as a respected and influential lobbyist in Trenton for three decades. Most recently she served on the congressional redistricting committee and was one of a select group of women honored on PolitickerNJ’s “The Power List 2011 & Year in Review”.