The New Jersey Education Association PAC and the National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education are endorsing Rob Menendez in the 8th District congressional race.
“Our members are proud to endorse Rob Menendez. He comes from a family of educators, so he understands our priorities and shares our values. We need a champion of public education representing the students, families and educators of CD 8 in Washington,” NJEA President Sean Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty, and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robinson said in a joint statement.
“Rob Menendez is an advocate who will stand up for academic freedom and teaching the truth and who will fight for the resources our students need to learn, grow and thrive. We look forward to working with our fellow NJEA members to help him win his primary election in June and the go on to victory in November as well.”
The NJEA had previously backed incumbents in Congressional Districts 1 through 12, with the only exception being the 8th, where U.S. Rep. Albio Sires is retiring at the end of his term in December.
“NJEA’s endorsement is not just a reflection of our campaign’s commitment to teachers and education support professionals, but an affirmation of the virtues instilled in me by my mother, a retired public school nurse, educator, and counselor, and my grandmother, who worked as a clerk in Emerson High School in Union City, where I grew up,” Menendez stated.
“As the son and grandson of NJEA members, NJEA was there for my family, as they have been for so many educators’ families in our state. As a Member of Congress, I will always be there for NJEA members in this increasingly politicized education climate. Our teachers and education support professionals worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support our families. Now it is our turn to support them in both delivering the resources they need for success, and in defending them from spurious political attacks.”
Menendez, an attorney, Port Authority commissioner, and the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), is heavily favored to succeed Sires, though he still must defeat David Ocampo Grajales and Ane Roseborough-Eberhard in the June 7th primary.