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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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