Committee on Political Education (COPE)

Every year, the affiliated union organizations that comprise the New Jersey State AFL-CIO vote on which election candidates to endorse based on voting records and working family issues. The New Jersey labor movement has a proud history of supporting candidates who support working families. Working in partnership with the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political department, the state’s central labor councils and affiliated local unions, the Committee on Political Education (COPE) makes every effort to educate union members and their families about these endorsements and why they were made.

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2022 Endorsed Congressional Candidates Victories


*Donald Norcross (D-01)
District 1 
*Josh Gottheimer (D-05)
District 5
*Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10)
District 10
*Jeff Van Drew (R-02)
District 2
*Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-06)
District 6
*Mikie Sherrill (D-11)
District 11
*Andy Kim (D-03)
District 3
Robert Menendez (D-08)
District 8
*Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12)
District 12
*Chris Smith (R-04)
District 4
*Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-09)
District 9

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Endorsed Labor Candidates


Arranged by Union Affiliation:

Name  Union Office Sought
Vince Sera* AFSCME 1210 Brigantine Mayor
Crystal Feliciano AFSCME 2286 Trenton Council
Tony DePrince* AFT 4907 Magnolia Council
Cynthia Simon AFT 2222/1796 Wayne Board of Education
John F. Capo*  BAC 4  Totowa Council
Nikki Roberts-Apeadu CWA 1033 Delran Ward 1 Council
Mark Kruszczynski CWA 1036  North Plainfield Board of Education
Cathleen Lewis CWA 1037 Mercer County Commissioner
Karol Ruiz CWA 1037 Dover Alderman
Tassie York* CWA 1037 Neptune Committee
Lori Faye CWA 1038 Lumberton Committee
Joseph Hiles* CWA 1085 Woodstown Council
Carlye Lamarca CWA 1038 Burlington Twp Board of Education
Thomas Sullivan, Jr.*  IBEW 164 Bergen County Commissioner
Bert Steinmann* IBEW 269 Ewing Mayor
Ryan Doran* IBEW 351 Cherry Hill Fire Commissioner
Donald Norcross* IBEW 351 CD 1 U.S. House of Representatives
Mike Vizzard* IBEW 351 Commercial Township Committee
Kyle Miller IBEW 351 Woodbury Mayor
Kevin Egan* IBEW 456 New Brunswick City Council
Michael Riordan* IBEW 827 Brigantine Council
Thomas Lyon* IBT 676 Delran Council
Pat Lepore* IBT 802 Passaic County Commissioner
Donald Heverly Ironworkers 399 Williamstown Council
Walt Lenkowski Ironworkers 399 Lindenwald Council
Michael McGlynn* IUOE 68 Fairfield Council
Nick Civitan* IUOE 825 Frankford Council
Ed Kalinowski IUOE 825 Deptford Board of Education
Rob Lane, Jr.* IUPAT 694 Neptune Committee
David Bander* SEIU 1199NJ Plainsboro Committee
Roshan White* UA 24 Scotch Plains Council
Concetto Formica UBC 253 Franklin Boro Council
Kevin Goodsir UBC 253 West Milford Council
Ron Skirkanish UBC 254 Manville Council
Dane Lamcken* UBC 255 Estell Manor Council
Michael Porretta* UBC 255 Folsom Council
Andrew Bulakowski UBC 255 Cape May Commissioner
Matthew Cox* UBC 441 Dennis Township Committee
Nereyda Curiel* UFCW 360 Haledon Council


Our Labor Values

All workers have the right to form and join unions.

Collective Bargaining is a public good.

All workers should have the right to collectively bargain for their terms and conditions of employment.

All workers have the right to a safe and healthy work environment.

All employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace.

All workers should be paid a fair or “living” wage.

Our Labor Candidates have pledged to uphold all of these values.


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Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 General Election is October 18, 2022. For more information about registering to vote, click here To check your voter registration status, click here


You can register online. It’s easy and safe. To register online, you will need your date of birth and a driver’s license, a state non-driver Identification Card or your Social Security number. Online voter registration is available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Gujarati.

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At Motor Vehicles

If you are eligible to vote in New Jersey, you may register to vote at a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office while applying for/renewing a driver’s license or non-driver identification (ID) card.

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You can download the printable form, then fill it out and deliver it into your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county by Oct. 12. Voter registration forms are available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Gujarati, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Hindi, European Portuguese and Arabic.

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Three Ways to Vote

By Mail

Voting by mail is safe and convenient. You do it from the comfort of home and you can mail back your ballot.

Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 p.m. November 8, delivered in person to your county Board of Elections by 8 p.m. November 8, or placed in a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. November 8.

You CANNOT deliver your mail-in ballot to a polling place.

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in Person via Early Voting

Every county will provide registered voters with the option to vote early by machine in the 2022 General Election.

Each of the 21 counties has designated in-person early voting locations that will be open Saturday, October 29, through Sunday, November 6. Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.

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in Person on Election Day

The November 8 New Jersey General Election will offer in-person voting by machine from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all registered voters who have not voted early or submitted a Vote-by-Mail ballot.

If you have received a Vote-by-Mail ballot but have not voted, you may vote only by paper provisional ballot at your polling place.

Polling places may have changed.

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Voting by Mail & Ballot Drop Boxes:

Return Your Ballot by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 8

Place your voted ballot in a ballot drop box by 8:00pm

A voter can only return their own ballot


Click here to find a ballot drop box near you


If you return your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 8


Vote-by-Mail FAQ


Ballot Drop Box Locations:

A ballot drop box is a secure, locked structure operated by election officials where voters may deliver their ballots from the time they receive them in the mail up to the time polls close at 8 pm on Election Day. There will be at least 10 drop boxes located throughout each county, which will be available 24 hours a day. Drop boxes will be under surveillance by security cameras and collected daily by county election officials. To find the location of your nearest ballot drop box click the button below


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Election Day Volunteers Needed

Polls show that Congressional races throughout New Jersey have tightened, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. We must act now to recruit volunteers to get-out-the union vote on Election Day! Please send volunteers to the Central Labor Council staging locations listed below on Tuesday, Nov 8. These are start times, arrive early.  Keep New Jersey union strong!


Click here for a printable schedule of Election Day Staging Locations

Election Day Staging Locations

Atlantic/Cape May CLC: 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Corner of Leipzig Ave and Almond Ave, Hamilton
Roy Foster- (609) 704-8351
Bergen CLC: 9:00 am- 7:00 pm
IBEW 164
205 Robin Road, Paramus
Mike Schneider- (201) 803-6461

Burlington CLC: 1:00 pm
CWA 1036
26 High Street, Mount Holly
Adam Liebtag- (732) 266-2520

Essex/West Hudson CLC: 9:00am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
1576 Springfield Ave, Maplewood
Marie Paul- (973) 349-3123

Mercer CLC: 8:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
IBEW 269
670 Whitehead Road, Trenton
Michael Maloney- (732) 792-0999 ext. 118

Middlesex/Somerset CLC: 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm
IBEW 456
1295 Livingston Ave., North Brunswick
Wayne Martiak- (908) 415-8594

Monmouth/Ocean CLC: 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
IBEW 400
3301 Highway 138, Wall
Wyatt Earp- (732) 773-9480


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Northwest CLC: 8:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
IBEW 102
50 Parsippany Road, Parsippany
Dan Sebban- (732) 336-1134
Passaic CLC: 7:30 am- 7:30 pm
Clifton Elks
775 Clifton Ave, Clifton
Tom Kelly- (201) 250-6111

Southern CLC:
Camden County: 9:00 am
Garden State Pavilion
2240-15 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill

Gloucester County: 9:00 am
Bridgeport Speedway
83 Floodgate Drive, Swedesboro

Cumberland County: 9:00 am
1600 High Street, Millville

Helen Ireland- (609) 634-8113

Union CLC: 10:00 am, 1: 00 pm & 4:30 pm
106 South Avenue West, Cranford
Roc White- (973) 521-7058

2022 New Jersey Election Timeline

Sept. 5 – Labor Day
Sept. 6 – Candidate petition deadline for November non-partisan election (subject to change)
Sept. 24 – VBM ballots mailed: general election voting begins
October 18 – Voter registration deadline: general election
Oct. 29-Nov. 6 – Early voting: general election
November 1 – VMB application deadline by-mail: general election
November 7 – VBM application deadline in-person: general election
November 8 – Election Day: general election
November 14 – VBM ballot must be received by county to be counted
November 21 – County Board of Elections meetings
December 6 – Election Day: non-partisan run-off & school bond

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