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Teach NJ PAC announces 2023 general election legislative endorsements

The list represents those candidates who have proactively supported nonpublic schools throughout New Jersey.

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Teach NJ PAC, a political action committee that advocates for fair and equitable funding for nonpublic schools, today released its list of endorsed candidates for the 2023 general election for the New Jersey Legislature.

The list represents those candidates who have proactively supported nonpublic schools throughout the state, advocating for funding and resources in areas such as school security, nursing and health care, transportation and innovative educational programming, such as the growing nonpublic school STEM Initiative.

“Teach NJ PAC is proud to endorse these candidates and to recognize their partnership and assistance in supporting the nonpublic school community here in New Jersey,” said Joseph Feldman, Chairman of Teach NJ PAC. “They are true champions for New Jersey’s students, recognizing that all children and families should have access to safe, quality schools that align with their religious and cultural needs.”

There are approximately 160,000 nonpublic school students in New Jersey, many of whom come from families that for religious and cultural reasons attend these schools.

“For many parents across the state, sending their children to a faith-based school is not an option, it’s a core part of their belief system, religious principles and parenting philosophy,” explained Feldman. “However, this often comes with extreme financial hardship, as they are forced to shoulder the high cost of tuition on their own. State support and funding helps mitigate this burden and enables these parents to send their kids to schools that fit their religious and cultural needs, without compromising on quality.”  

In recent years, numerous states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and New Hampshire, and many others have created or dramatically expanded programs to support students in nonpublic schools. In New Jersey, this has included funding for transportation, STEM programming, security, nursing services and more.

“Many states around the country have recognized the educational and economic benefits of a strong and diverse school system,” said Feldman.

According to the NJ Department of Education, nonpublic schools educate 10.4% of K-12 students in New Jersey. In FY21-22, the state invested $500 per pupil in education for nonpublic school students, compared to $18,208 per pupil in government spending on New Jersey public school students (excluding transportation and auxiliary expenses). 

“In the years to come, we will be expanding our relationships throughout the legislature to ensure all of our children are provided with the necessary educational support to succeed,” said Feldman. 

Below are the endorsed candidates of Teach NJ PAC for the 2023 State Legislative Elections:

District 6

Senate James Beach 

Assembly Louis Greenwald

Assembly Pamela Lampitt 

District 7

Senate Troy Singleton 

Assembly Carol Murphy

District 11

Senate Vin Gopal 

Assembly Margie Donlon 

Assembly Luanne Peterpaul 

District 13

Senate Declan O’Scanlon 

Assembly Gerry Scharfenberger 

District 14

Senate Linda Greenstein

District 16

Senate Andrew Zwicker

Assembly Roy Freiman

Assembly Mitchelle Drulis 

District 18

Senate Patrick Deignan 

Assembly Robert Karabinchak 

Assembly Sterley Stanley

District 19

Senate Joseph Vitale 

Assembly Craig Coughlin 

Assembly Yvonne Lopez

District 20

Senate Joseph Cryan 

Assembly Annette Quijano

Assembly Reginald Atkins 

District 21

Senate Jon Bramnick 

District 22

Senate Nicholas Scutari 

Assembly Linda Carter

Assembly James Kennedy

District 27

Senate John McKeon 

Assembly Dr. Rosaura Bagolie

Assembly Alixon Collazos-Gill

District 28

Senate Renee Burgess

Assembly Garnet Hall  

Assembly Cleopatra Tucker

District 29

Senate M. Teresa Ruiz  

Assembly Eliana Pintor Marin  

Assembly Shanique Speight 

District 30

Senate Robert Singer 

Assembly Rabbi Avi Schnall

District 31

Senate Angela McKnight 

District 34

Senate Britnee Timberlake

Assembly Michael Venezia

Assembly Carmen Morales

District 36

Senate Paul Sarlo  

Assembly Gary Schaer

Assembly Clinton Calabrese

District 37

Senate Gordon Johnson 

Assembly Shama Haider

Assembly Ellen Park

District 38

Senate Joseph Lagana

Assembly Lisa Swain

Assembly Chris Tully

District 39

Senate Holly Schepisi 

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The endorsements made by Teach NJ PAC are not an endorsement from any other organization. Teach NJ PAC is a New Jersey political action committee run by an independent board.

Paid for by Teach NJ PAC Inc., 309 Edgewood Ave., Teaneck, N.J. 07666

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