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The National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW-NJ) has affirmed its support of candidates running for offices in the November election. The NOW-NJ Political Action Committee (PAC) has made its recommendations for the candidates for the 2012 election for New Jersey Assembly, House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. NOW-NJ conducted a widespread vetting process. This included an extensive interview of the candidates who passed a preliminary questionnaire. The recommendations for each candidate were based on their collective support of the six core goals of NOW-NJ. These goals are: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues, Violence against Women, Constitutional Equality, Promoting Diversity/Ending Racism, Lesbian Rights, and Economic Justice.

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After reviewing each candidate’s responses, and their voting record, the PAC voted for a recommendation. The notation of endorse indicates that the candidate was in complete agreement with all of the central objectives of NOW-NJ. The notation of support indicates that the candidate is in accord on most issues, but disagrees on one fundamental matter. NOW-NJ cannot issue endorsements for Senate/House races, but the NOW-NJ PAC can make recommendations to the National NOW/PAC for these candidacies. The lists below indicate the recommendations of NOW-NJ PAC for candidates who are running for office in the NJ Assembly, and the recommendations of the NOW/PAC for candidates for U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

 

Candidates for Assembly

 Political Party

 District

Marie Corfield

Democrat

16

Joseph Raich

Democrat

26

 

Candidates for House of Representatives

 Political Party

 District

NOW-NJ Recommendation

Robert Andrews

Democrat

1

Endorse

Cassandra Shober

Democrat

2

Endorse

Shelley Adler

Democrat

3

Endorse

Adam Gussen

Democrat

5

Support

Frank Pallone

Democrat

6

Endorse

Upendra Chivukula

Democrat

7

Endorse

John Arvanites

Democrat

11

Endorse

Rush Holt

Democrat

12

Endorse

 

Candidates for U.S. Senate

 Political Party

NOW-NJ Recommendation

Robert Menendez

Democrat

Endorse

Kenneth Wolski

Green

Endorse

Gregory Pason

Socialist

Endorse

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