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WPCNJ Congratulates WPCNJ Board members Kelly Stewart Maer and Tai Cooper 2016 PolitickerNJ's Power List Honorees

2016_wpcnj_politickernj.JPGThe Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates PolitickerNJ's 2016 Power List Honorees!  Kudos to WPCNJ board members Kelly Stewart Maer and Tai Cooper along with members: Brigid Harrison and Patrizia "Trish" Zita being recognized for their power and influence.

Join WPCNJ and many other powerful movers and shakers at WPCNJ's upcoming Passion Power and Progress awards reception on January 12th! For more information, click here.

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WPCNJ Seeks Intern

WPCNJ Internship Opportunity

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey ("WPCNJ"), a non-profit organization, seeks an energetic and skilled intern who will assist the organization in effectively achieving its mission and goals. 

The internship is open to a college student seeking school credit.  The internship would serve as a valuable experience for those majoring in political science, communications, or a related field.  The primary duty of the intern is to provide assistance to the WPCNJ Administrator, including but not limited to, support upcoming events/programs, political research & communications.


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WPCNJ Board Counsel Rebecca Moll Freed Named to 2016 Top Women in Law List by NJ Law Journal

Rebecca-Moll-Freed-.jpgThe Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey(WPCNJ) congratulates its board counsel Rebecca Moll Freed, Partner at Genova Burns LLC named  to 2016 Top Women in Law List by New Jersey Law Journal.  

"Earlier this year, the Law Journal's editorial staff set out to select a group of Top Women in Law—our attempt to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New Jersey who have had notable achievements in recent years, or who have otherwise made an extraordinary impact on the legal profession.

These outstanding attorneys are all making strides to push the profession forward for women."

For more the complete list, click here.

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WPCNJ members and endorsed officials named 30 Most Influential Women in NJ Politics, Elected and Non-Elected

patricia.jpgWomen's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates all the women named 30 Most Influential Women in NJ Politics, Elected and Non-Elected list for 2016. Among the ranks are the Lt. Governor, state senators, assemblywoman, lobbyists, union leaders and mayors. Special shout out to WPCNJ board members: Jeannine Frisby LaRue and members: Maggie Moran, Patrizia "Trish" Zita and Peg Schaffer on their mention.  Kudos to WPCNJ board member Tai Cooper named honorable mention.  WPCNJ endorses women for elected office and it's exciting to see many of its endorsed officials on the list including: 

WPCNJ endorsed elected officials: Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assebmlywoman Shovanda Sumter, senator M Teresa Ruiz, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Nia Gill, Senator Diane Allen, Senator Sandra Bolden-Cunningham, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Shiela Oliver, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, 

Former elected officials endorsed by WPCNJ:  Former Governor Christie Todd Whitman and Former Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer.

Congratulations again to all the women!

For the complete list, click here.


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Andrea Katz, Esq. Named PolitickerNJ"s 30 under 30: Political Up-and-Comers in NJ!

Congratulations WPCNJ Democratic Task Force Vice President Andrea Katz, Esq. named to PolitickerNJ's 30 under 30: Political Up-and-Comers in NJ!

"Andrea Katz, 29, Associate Attorney at Capehart Scatchard. This attorney is also the vice-chair of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey Democratic Task Force and the treasurer of the New Jersey Young Democrats. She was Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle from 2010 to 2015."  Read More

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3rd Annual WPCNJ Middlesex County Chapter Women's Equality Day Happy Hour

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Join us in honor of the 96th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
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National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman for U.S. House in New Jersey


Washington, D.C – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is pleased to reendorse Bonnie Watson Coleman for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Watson Coleman served New Jersey for over 30 years in various offices before her election to Congress in 2014. She has continued to advocate for her constituents during her first term in the House of Representatives, fighting for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, people of color and other underrepresented groups.

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WPCNJ Democratic Task Force #TBT - DNC Convention

13895517_10210109015748717_6818184396518514294_n_(1).jpgToday’s #TBT post is to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where Hillary Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Nominee for President just two weeks ago. This was the first time a major party has nominated a woman, and members of the Women's Political Caucus New Jersey (WPCNJ) Democratic Task Force (DTF) were there throughout the week witnessing the historic event. WPCNJ President Chrissy Buetas, WPCNJ VP Finance Grace Strom Power, WPCNJ Board Member Kelly Stewart Maer, WPCNJ Middlesex County Board Member Babs Siperstein were delegates and Board Members: Eileen Della Volle, Rebecca Moll Freed, Andrea Katz, Andrea Katz, Esq., Rosemary Bernardi, Lisa Chapman, Patricia Teffenhart and Shari Weiner attended the convention as well. 

Board member Kelly Stewart Maer spearheaded New Jersey efforts for the Hillary for America Campaign(HFA) as early as the beginning of 2015. She served as the campaigns Official Registered Agent heading up HFA delegate operations and served as the DNC, HFA Whip Captain for the entire NJ delegation during the DNC convention in Philadelphia. 

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Women’s Political Caucus of NJ Welcomes New President and Board Members


 WPCNJ Elects New Leadership & Board Members

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) held its 43rd Annual Conference on Tuesday night, May 17th at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.  
WPCNJ Executive Board:   
President Chrissy Buteas, 
President & CEO, Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey   

Vice President-Finance Grace Strom Power, Esq., 
Attorney, Eckert Seamans   

Vice President-Membership Nicole Cole, Esq., 
President & CEO, NJ Charter Schools Association   

 Scarlett Rajski, 
Government Affairs Specialist, Horizon  

Secretary Lisa Chapland, Esq., 
Director of Government Affairs, New Jersey State Bar Association

WPCNJ-PAC Chair Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., 
Partner, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

 WPCNJ-PAC Treasurer Pam Yuen,
Government Relations Coordinator, American Association of University Women
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WPCNJ Annual Meeting - Call to Action

WPCNJ Annual Meeting 

Tuesday, May 17th | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

*Please note- only members in good standing can vote at the Annual Meeting 

2016 Nominating Committee Report
Submitted by Nominating Sub-Committee: Jeanne Fox, Esq. (Convenor), Elizabeth Murray, Rosemary Bernardi 
and Sharon Weiner, Esq.
*New Board Members (highlighted)
Tai Cooper (D) Essex - Spokesperson and policy advisor to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
Judith Fenelus (D) Passaic - Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter
Patricia Teffenhart (D) Monmouth- Executive Director NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Deirdre Woodbryne (R) Bergen - Prior affiliation with Bergen County Clerk, Board of Chosen Freeholders, Executive Director Irish Network USA

Proposed By-law Changes - Call To Action

Article XIII - Standing Committees -
Section 3 - Bylaws Subcommittee:
There shall be a Bylaws Subcommittee which shall be responsible for reviewing the Bylaws and drafting proposed amendments or revisions to the Bylaws. The Bylaws Subcommittee shall present  proposed amendments or revisions to the Bylaws to the Board of Directors for its review
and revisions, if any, prior to presenting the to the Conference Planning Committee for inclusion in the Call to the General Conference or the WPCNJ Board prior to the call of the Board for a recommendation to amend the bylaws. The Chair shall be appointed by the President.
Article XVI - Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in the affirmative of members present at a meeting of the General Conference, provided that a copy of any proposed amendment shall have been sent to the members at least 30 days prior to said meeting.
The WPCNJ Board may recommend amendments to these bylaws to be enacted at a time other than the General Conference at the call of the Board in accordance with the following:
- the amendments must be ratified by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in the affirmative of those members in good standing who have voted;
- voting may take place either in person or electronically as the notice from the Board permits;
- amendments must be sent to the members in good standing along with the notice by the Board of proposed bylaws amendments no less than 30 days in advance of the date of the vote; and
- the amendments and notice of bylaws amendments must be sent to the members in good standing via electronic mail unless otherwise requested by the member.
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