Press: AFT Leaders On Progressive Wins in General Election

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said, “I am proud of our members’ participation, and of all New Jerseyans, for seeking balance in national governance by re-electing Sen. Menendez and new representation from Mikie Sherrill, Tom Malinowski and Jeff Van Drew. Our members approached this election as an opportunity to place affirmative votes for community values and respect for humanity, which we believe are sentiments shared by the majority of Americans.”

HPAE-AFT President Debbie White, RN, said, “Healthcare professionals across New Jersey are ready to stand with newly elected Congressional representatives who are committed to protecting our nation’s healthcare, while standing beside us to demand workers have a voice in their workplace. Every moment we spent reaching out to voters has made a difference in this election. This election for healthcare workers was not about partisan politics, but rather taking a stand against the constant attacks on our professions and our patients that motivated us to make a difference at the voting booth.”

AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “The people of New Jersey voted for decency over inhumanity, and to bring a voice for everyday people back to the U.S. Senate. They re-elected Bob Menendez because he is one of our best champions for public education. He is a voice for working people trying to make a better life for their families, and he understands the importance of helping our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.”

“Voters in New Jersey are fed up with President Trump’s divisiveness, hatred and bigotry. When the stakes were at their highest, New Jerseyans showed up to provide a check on that hate.”

“The people of New Jersey made the right choice in electing a strong, sensible leader like Mikie Sherrill to Congress. A few weeks ago, I spent a very rainy Saturday in New Jersey campaigning with educators, public employees and healthcare workers for Mikie, and I was struck by what a breath of fresh air she’d be in Washington. Her straight talk on healthcare, commonsense gun safety, and the need to reject the GOP agenda of cruelty and divisiveness rang true with the people of the 11th District.”

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