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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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Thank You - WPCNJ Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception

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We would like to extend our congratulations to our honorees and thank our friends, sponsors & event committee members for their generous support of WPC's 2017 Passion Power Progress Awards Reception!

 The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey hosted its Annual Passion * Power * Progress Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.  The spirited event was a great success, honoring those whose leadership, civic involvement, and professional efforts have helped make New Jersey a better place for women.

 This year, WPCNJ was proud to present the following awards:

 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Patricia Keefe, Esq.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Business Support
Elizabethtown Gas
 
Good Guy Awards
Vin Gopal
Chairman, Monmouth County Democrats
&
John Traier
Chairman, Passaic County Republicans
 
Corporate Award
MZM Construction Company, Inc.
President & CEO, Marjorie Perry
 
Social Justice Award
New Jersey State Bar Association
President, Thomas Prol, Esq.

The evening's Master of Ceremony was the Honorable Chrissy Buteas, President of WPCNJ. We were pleased to be joined by many elected officials including; Senator Linda Greenstein,
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, & Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. 
Along with State lawmakers, the event was also attended by several county & 
local elected officials. 

We would also like to thank our volunteers from the Rutger's Student Caucus Chapter, Toni Gingerelli, Aasha Shaik, Margaux Taylor, Irum Yasim, Saba Yasmin.
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Tonight: WPCNJ's 2017 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

Tickets are still available for tonight's event either at the door or register online

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One Week Away: WPCNJ's 2017 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

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Executive Women of New Jersey and Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Statement in Support of S-992, NJ Pay Equity Act

On Monday, December 19th, the New Jersey State Legislature will vote to override the veto of S-992, the NJ Pay Equity Act, a bill designed to empower women with the tools needed to gain equal pay for equal work. Data shows that if New Jersey's women received equal pay for equal work, the poverty rate for working women in the state would drop by half and the economy would grow by $16.6 billion according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The NJ Pay Equity Act was passed earlier this year by both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Our organizations, which represent women leaders across the state, strongly urge the legislature to override the veto of this bill.


It is deeply disturbing that we are still debating whether women should receive equal pay for equal work. Equal pay should not be controversial nor should it be negotiable. As evidenced in the 2015 EWNJ report on gender diversity in senior corporate leadership, "A Seat at the Table: Celebrating Women and Board Leadership," women deliver significant and quantifiable business value to companies. At companies where women comprise 15% or more of the senior management there is a 52% higher return on equity and a 22% higher ratio of dividend payout than those with 10% or fewer women in management. Nonetheless, New Jersey women are still only paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men and this number is substantially worse for women of color. Moreover, the wage gap is prevalent across all business sectors and educational backgrounds. This inequity not only negatively impacts women and their families, but it also harms the economic progress of our state. It is time for New Jersey to ensure that women are paid based on their work and merit rather than their gender.

Maureen Schneider, Ph.D., MBA President
Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ)

Chrissy Buteas
President
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ)

 


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