ELECTED OFFICIALS

Governor

Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy values religion, a strong work ethic, education, and civic awareness. Murphy has focused on a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family. He has signed legislation putting New Jersey on the path to a $15 per hour minimum wage, enacted the nation’s strongest equal pay law to combat gender wage discrimination, ensured all workers have access to paid sick days, and expanded the state's Paid Family Leave provisions.

 

Governor Murphy knows the importance of supporting the workforce and the growth of innovative and start-up companies. Under his leadership, New Jersey is emerging as a leader in reversing climate change through offshore-wind energy technologies, banning offshore fossil-fuel exploration and drilling, to create a better future for the environment through clean and renewable energy sources. Governor Murphy has reversed prior years of budget cuts and increased funding for both New Jersey’s public schools and NJ TRANSIT. He restored state funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs and family planning services. He has made New Jersey a national leader in tackling gun violence. He has expanded protections for immigrants and LGBTQ communities, among others.

 

Prior to taking office, Murphy has led and supported charities to help troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors. Nationally, he served proudly as New Jersey’s sole representative on the board of the NAACP, and as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy live in Monmouth County and are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.

Lieutenant Governor

Shiela Oliver

Lieutenant Governor Oliver has pioneered a successful career in public service advocating for social justice, women’s equality, and education. As the first woman of color to serve in a statewide elected office in New Jersey history, she serves as Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, where she has led efforts to strengthen and expand initiatives for fair and affordable housing, community revitalization, homelessness prevention, and local government services that support New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.

 

Under her leadership, the Department has expanded and leveraged a wide range of initiatives aimed at assisting distressed municipalities, including the federal Opportunity Zones tax incentive, the newly revived Main Street New Jersey program, Urban Enterprise Zones, the Neighborhood Preservation Program, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, which received increased funding. 

 

As Lieutenant Governor, she has signed multiple bills into law. A Caregiver Task Force helps identify ways to support people taking care of loved ones who are elderly or disabled. Public school students in grades 6 to 8 are required to receive financial literacy education. An equal pay for equal work initiative has strengthened employees by preventing employers from asking employees’ previous salary history and protect employees from wage theft.

 

Across her career, Lieutenant Governor Oliver has worked in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, and has taught numerous college courses. She has served as a member of both the East Orange Board of Education and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 2003, she was elected to serve the 34th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly. In 2010 she became the first African-American woman in state history to serve as Assembly Speaker, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.

 

A proud alumna of the Newark public school system, Lieutenant Governor Oliver graduated cum laude from Lincoln University, and received her Master of Science Degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University. She is a proud 40-plus-year resident of East Orange where she treasures her time with her 91-year-old mother, who has always encouraged her to be a critical thinker while fostering her passion for helping people through effective public policy.

Senator

Cory Brooker

Cory attended Stanford University on a football scholarship. He mentored middle school students in East Palo Alto. He studied at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and graduated from Yale Law School in 1997. Instead of going into law, Cory moved into a public housing project in Newark and teamed up with other tenants to take on a slumlord accused of intentional neglect of the property and won. He drew attention to the violence that plagued the city and in 2006, he was elected mayor with 72 percent of the vote. Two decades later, Cory still lives in Newark’s Central Ward.

 

As mayor, Cory’s biggest challenges were curbing crime, reinvigorating a dwindling local economy, and raising morale across the city. He accomplished this by bringing together a diverse coalition of people to deliver real change for residents. Four years into Cory’s term, the 2010 Census showed the city’s population had grown for the first time in more than half a century.

 

As senator, Cory has written and championed bills aimed at addressing our broken criminal justice system, expanding economic opportunity, and fighting for equal justice. In 2018, the First Step Act, made meaningful reform to our criminal justice system and begins to reverse the injustices of mass incarceration. In 2019, he reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would legalize marijuana at the federal level and restore justice to those already convicted of marijuana related convictions that disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

 

Cory is leading the fight for equal justice and opportunity for all Americans and continues to write legislation strengthening legal protections for diverse communities such as: LGBTQ Americans, communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities. He has worked on expanding access to health care and is committed to addressing the impacts of climate change.

Senator

Bob Menendez


Senator Bob Menendez is the son of Cuban immigrants raised in a tenement building in Union City that has become one of 100 United States Senators. He served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 113th Congress. The Committee is one of the oldest and most revered in the Senate. He has a reputation as a fighter for New Jersey families who puts economic security ahead of powerful special interests.

He was elected to Congress in 1992 and has given New Jersey a strong voice during critical negotiations on every issue. War and peace, jobs and the economy, education, health care, veterans issues, world affairs, transportation and housing are just a few of Senator Menendez's priorities. He led the fight in Congress to make sure New Jersey receives recovery funds to help communities rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, chaired Senate Banking Committee hearings to hold the administration accountable for getting  relief resources out of Washington, and passed landmark bipartisan legislation providing relief to homeowners hit with unreasonably high flood insurance premiums. He was one of eight Senators who wrote and fought for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 with an overwhelming bipartisan show of support.

While Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he established himself as a foreign policy leader. He has advocated for women, children and democracy activists in impoverished countries. He has led the Foreign Relations Committee to allow the President to use military force in Syria in September 2013, which led to the end of the use of chemical weapons against civilians. 

Bob has been widely recognized for his leadership on promoting safe and healthy families. He has championed legislation to support mothers suffering from postpartum depression, help families meet the challenges of autism, and keep young athletes safe from harm on the playing field. He serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and has championed increased consumer protection and corporate accountability, fairness in lending, affordable housing, and comprehensive approaches to community revitalization. He served as Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development where he fought for smart growth, jobs for the 21st Century and updating our aging transportation system. As a member of the Finance Committee, he has sponsored legislation increasing access to health care, advocated for fairness in the tax code to help middle class families get college educations and be able to retire, and Bob has pushed for trade initiatives to ensure America’s global competitiveness.

Bob received his B.A. from St. Peter's College in Jersey City and his law degree from Rutgers University. He currently lives in Paramus and has two children, Alicia and Robert.

Senate President

Steve Sweeney

Senator Sweeney has sponsored laws, built schools and established parks to help create a better life for individuals with developmental abilities. He supports organized labor and has sponsored and supported measures to protect the rights of workers.

 

Steve sponsored the state’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act so individuals can care for a loved one without losing their job. Steve led the effort to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and continues to champion fair and equitable wages. Steve also serves as General Vice President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union.

 

The Senator and his wife, Patti, were married in 1986 and have two children, Stephen and Lauren.

Speaker

Craig Coughlin

Craig J. Coughlin has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2010, where he represents the 19th Legislative District. He has served as the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly since 2018.

 

He has sponsored hundreds of bills in his tenure as Speaker protecting employees in the workplace, expanding health care, education, and fighting crime. 

He worked as an attorney before serving as a municipal court judge for Edison Township in 2005. He resigned from the court in 2009 to run for the General Assembly. On September 8, 2009, a special convention of Middlesex County Democratic Committee members selected Coughlin to appear on the general election ballot along with running mate John Wisniewski.Coughlin won the general election and was sworn into office on January 12, 2010.On November 13, 2017 was selected by the Assembly Democratic Conference to be Speaker of the Assembly in January 2018.

Avalon

Democratic Council Member

John M. McCorristin

jmccorristin@avalonboro.org

 

Cape May Point

Democratic Mayor

Robert J. Moffatt

rmoffatt@capemaypoint.org

Democratic Deputy Mayor

Anita vanHeeswyk

avanheeswyk@capemaypoint.org

Democratic Commissioner

Robert E. Mullock

rmullock@capemaypoint.org

West Cape May

Democratic Mayor

Carol E. Sabo

csabo@westcapemay.us

Democratic Deputy Mayor

Peter C. Burke

pburke@westcapemay.us

Democratic Commissioner

John H. Francis, III

jfrancis@westcapemay.us

Wildwood

Department of Revenue and Finance

Pete Byron

pbyron@wildwoodnj.org

 

Wildwood Crest

Democratic Deputy Mayor

Joyce Gould

jgould@wildwoodcrest.org

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