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Honoring NJBIA Recipient of the Corporate Award


Women's Political Caucus of NJ


 Passion * Power * Progress

Corporate Award Honoree


NJBIA was founded in 1910 by a group of manufacturers who wanted to share ideas about workplace safety and who wantedto have a say in government policies affecting their business. Today, the Association's 20,000 plus members represent every industry in the State, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind.

 In February 2010, the Association reached its centennial milestone, marking a century of service to New Jersey business.

NJBIA is proud of its history of promoting women to leadership positions in business. For more than 100 years, NJBIA has been committed to helping New Jerseyans achieve their potential through entrepreneurship, education and workforce training.      

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Honoring William Palatucci Esq., Recipient of the Good Guy Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ
2015 Passion * Power * Progress 
Good Guy Award Honoree 
William J. Palatucci, Esq.
Special Counsel, Gibbons Law P.C. 
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Honoring Senator Cory Booker, Recipient of the Good Guy Award


Women's Political Caucus of NJ  

2015 Passion * Power * Progress 

Good Guy Award Honoree 

  Honorable Cory Booker

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. He has spent 16 years in public office focused on addressing the vital needs of New Jersey families by putting partisanship aside to get things done.

Cory was raised in Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. While at Stanford, he ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he managed a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory went on to Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.

 After earning his law degree, Cory moved to Newark, where he served on the Newark City Council and lived for eight years in Brick Towers, a low-income housing complex. In 2006, he was elected to his first of two terms as mayor of Newark. He now owns a home and lives in Newark's Central Ward community.

Cory won a special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to complete the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and became New Jersey's first African-American senator. In November 2014, he won reelection to the Senate. Cory serves on the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees.

In his short time in the Senate, Cory has worked across the aisle to sponsor sweeping legislation to reform the nation's broken criminal justice system, passed legislation to ensure veterans with traumatic brain injuries received the medical care they deserve, and has fought to ensure women receive fair treatment in the workplace and full control over their personal health decisions.

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Honoring Paulette Brown, Esq., Recipient of the Mary Philbrook Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ 2015 Passion * Power * Progress 
Mary Philbrook Award Honoree 
Paulette Brown, Esq. Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP
President-Elect, American Bar Association 

Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, is president-elect of the American Bar Association.

Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.

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January 15, 2015

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick NJ

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Please join us for a cocktail reception as we honor the following recipients:


Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award

Peg Schaffer, Esq.


Carol Murphy Award

The Honorable Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H


Mary Philbrook Award

Paulette Brown, Esq.


Good Guy Award

William J. Palatucci, Esq.


Corporate Award



President's Award

Gilda M. Morales



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Honoring Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Recipient of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award

Peg Schaffer

Click here to learn more about Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Recipient of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award.  Cocktail Reception scheduled for January 15th.  For more tickets and sponsorship information, click here.                                                                                              

Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Managing Principal, Shain Schaffer & Rafanello, P.C. Somerset County Democratic Chair 
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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Expresses Condolences on Passing of Former Congresswoman Marge Roukema

Marge Roukema (right), Republican congressional candidate, meets with Rep. Millicent Fenwick in Washington to discuss health care needs for senior citizens on Sept. 14, 1978. (Photo credit NorthJersey.com)

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.




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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Congratulates Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman for her Historic Election to Congress in New Jersey's 12th District

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."

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National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Coleman Watson for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

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.”

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Democratic Task Force - Volunteers Needed!

Election Day is November 4th!

If you are in the area, or can make a few phone calls, please consider reaching out to offer your time to the following:


There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at any one of the three women Congressional candidates.  Please reach out!


Aimee Belgard for Congress (CD-3)

Email your contact information and availability to volunteer to [email protected]


Janice Kovach for Congress (CD-7)

Contact Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett at [email protected]  

or call (848) 250-8160 


Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress (CD-12)

Contact Derel Stroud at [email protected] or

call (732) 476-9952


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Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey Endorses Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive

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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."


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