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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Endorsed  Congressional Candidates


The list of endorsements for Congress is:


District 1
*Donald Norcross (D-01)
District 5
*Josh Gottheimer (D-05)
District 9
*Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-09)
District 2
*Jeff Van Drew (R-02)
District 6
*Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-06)
District 10
*Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10)
District 3
*Andy Kim (D-03)
District 7
*Tom Malinowski (D-07)
District 11
*Mikie Sherrill (D-11)
District 4
*Chris Smith (R-04)
District 8
Robert Menendez (D-08)
District 12
*Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12)


These Candidates support our values, including:

Retirement Security

Union-backed candidates will protect the retirement benefits you’ve worked hard to earn. That’s why Congress a pension rescue that the saved the pensions of more than 1 million workers and why we’ll fight against any attempt to privatize Social Security and risk your benefits.

Funding Public Education

We all want a good education for our children and our public schools are working hard to bring children up to speed after the pandemic. Your union supports candidates who will work with our public schools to make sure they have the funding and flexibility they need to keep our schools strong and with sufficient staff.

Worker’s Rights

Americans across the country are joining together to form unions because we know management only listens when we speak together with a strong voice. Your union has endorsed candidates who will defend the rights of working people and will ensure that you continue to have a voice on the job.

Defending Democracy

We’ve made it easier to vote in New Jersey in recent years without sacrificing any procedures that ensure our elections are secure. Our union endorsed candidates will make sure that all working people have access to the ballot and fight back against false claims of insecure or fraudulent elections.

Fighting for Public Workers

We’ve passed Postal Service reform that protects workers, ensures USPS is financially stable and guarantees six-day delivery. We need to make sure schools and local governments receive the funding they need because public service jobs are a pathway to the middle class. Your union has endorsed candidates who will protect these vital services.

Lowering Health Care Costs

After years of fighting for it in Congress, we’ve finally passed legislation to lower the costs of prescription drugs. The law also prevent prices spikes in health insurance coverage. Your union has endorsed candidates who will protect our health care and ensure that all Americans have access to the health care they need.

Investing in Public Transit

Last year we finally passed a much-needed bipartisan infrastructure law. This law will repair roads and bridges and invest in public transportation. Union-backed candidates also supported vital funding during the pandemic that kept transit employees on the job.

Expanding Apprenticeships

We all know that apprenticeships are a great way to learn a trade and earn money while you’re learning. Union-backed candidates have worked to modernize the Registered Apprenticeship Program and increase funding for registered apprenticeships and youth apprenticeships.

Supporting Prevailing Wage and PLAs

We all know that construction projects needs strong protections to ensure that workers are being paid fairly and working in safe conditions. That’s why union-backed candidates support strong prevailing wage laws and Project Labor Agreements that protect workers.

Fighting Higher Costs

Costs have gone up for many staples this year due to disrupted supply chains, overseas manufacturing, and corporate greed. But union-backed candidates have a plan to fight this by upgrading our infrastructure to strengthen our supply chains, bringing manufacturing jobs home, and raising wages for working people.

Raising Wages

As costs have risen, working people have had their incomes squeezed. That’s why union-backed candidates supporting increasing the minimum wage, strong prevailing wage laws, and equal pay for equal work. They will ensure that workers are paid a fair wage that they can live on.

Buy American/American Manufacturing

We need strong “Buy America” laws that will bolster homegrown manufacturing and ensure government projects use American-made iron, steel, construction materials and manufactured products. The candidates we’ve endorsed will make sure we have these laws and will work to bring manufacturing jobs home.

Saving Public Services

We worked with pro-labor election officials to prevent drastic cuts to essential public services by securing $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan that saved the jobs of America’s public service workers. We need to keep union-backed elected officials who understand the importance of public workers in office.

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are programs that working people rely on. Union-backed candidates understand that these need to be protected and improved, not cut in order to facilitate tax cuts for the big corporations. Just this year, our allies in Congress capped spending on prescription drugs for Medicare recipient to $2,000 a year.

Right to Organize

The candidates we’ve endorsed are committed to defending our right to negotiate together for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. They will protect the right of New Jersey workers to organize in the workplace and collectively bargain.

Focusing on School Safety.

Schools have had to increase their focus on school safety and student mental health in recent years. Union-backed candidates will ensure that these issues are a priority and receives the focus it needs to keep our schools safe.

Expanding Higher Education Options.

Union-backed candidates will work to expand opportunities for students to go on to higher education by making college more affordable and increasing opportunities for community college and apprenticeship programs.

Ensuring Safety for Patients and Workers.

In the health care system, patient care requires safe staffing levels. The candidates we’ve endorsed will ensure that health care facilities are hiring sufficient staff. And they supported sending Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers during the pandemic.

Prioritizing Workplace Safety.

Union-backed candidates knows the importance of workplace safety and take it seriously. They will work to ensure that OSHA enforcement and funding is a priority, including new standards for unreasonably high temperatures.  

Expanding Transportation Options.

New Jersey keeps growing and we need our transportation options to grow too. The Gateway Tunnel, airport expansions, and bus upgrades will significantly expand public transit options for New Jersey and union-backed candidates will work to ensure that these projects continue moving forward and receives the funding they need.

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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.


Endorsed Labor Candidates


Arranged by Union Affiliation:

Name  Union Office Sought
Vince Sera* AFSCME 1210 Brigantine Mayor
Dolores Witko AFSCME 1199J Closter Mayor
Atalaya Armstrong AFSCME 2285 Trenton Council
Crystal Feliciano AFSCME 2286  
Hailey Cruz AFT 857 Perth Amboy Council
Tony DePrince* AFT 4907 Magnolia Council
Cynthia Simon AFT 2222/1796 Wayne Board of Education
John F. Capo*  BAC 4  Totowa Council
Jason Allen* CWA 1033 Pemberton Committee
Taiwanda Terry-Wilson CWA 1033 Trenton Council
Mark Kruszczynski CWA 1036  North Plainfield Board of Education
Karol Ruiz CWA 1037 Dover Alderman
Tassie York* CWA 1037 Neptune Committee
Cathleen Lewis CWA 1037 Mercer County Commissioner
Jenna Figueroa Kettenburg CWA 1038 Trenton Council
Nelson Carney, Jr.  CWA 1085 Salem County Commissioner
Joseph Hiles* CWA 1085 Woodstown Council
Charles Hassler IBEW 94 Salem County Commissioner
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
Victoria Pacheco IUOE District 1, JNESO Keyport Mayor
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
Joe Scaletti* UBC 254 South Brunswick Board of Education
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
Matt Kane UFCW 152 Corbin City Mayor
Nereyda Curiel* UFCW 360 Haledon Council



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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


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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Voting by Mail: Step by Step

A voter may vote-by-mail by completing the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot and returning the application to their County Clerk.

Important Deadlines:

November 1Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

November 4Deadline for Application to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters

November 7 – by 3:00 p.m.Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election

November 8General ElectionDeadline for Post Office Receipt of Mail-In Ballots from the General ElectionDeadline for In-Person Submission of General Election Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

November 14Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election

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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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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