Sweeney and NJEA get on together ahead of NJ election


The New Jersey Education Association came out with its approvals for the next November elections.

It was no surprise that they supported Phil Murphy as governor. Murphy has become a staunch ally of the teachers’ union, and the union has spent millions in dues to promote Murphy and support his campaigns. They should do the same for the candidacy for re-election as governor.

What came as a surprise, however, was their endorsement from the President of the State Senate, Steve Sweeney. In the last elections, the NJEA endorsed a Republican Trump and spent $ 5 million in an attempt to defeat Sweeney. It was punishment for Sweeney’s support for pension reforms in 2011 and for his failure to come up with a constitutional amendment to them that would have required full payment of the pension each year. At the height of their feud, Sweeney accused the NJEA of “corruption” and “extortion” for threatening to withhold campaign contributions for fellow Democrats.

In the end, Sweeney sailed to a re-election victory and attacked the NJEA on its victory party, calling their campaign against him a “waste of money.” Sweeny told NJTV: “I am disappointed. Teachers are great people who are doing great things for our children. But their leadership needs to be reassessed.”

Now, however, it looks like all is forgiven. Sweeney sympathized with union leaders and helped pass major health reforms this not only saves the state money, but also reduces the personal expenses of teachers. Sweeney and NJEA President Marie Blistan stood side by side at a State House press conference last March and called it a “major victory”.

Sweeney’s endorsement by the NJEA may not exactly signify the end of their long latent feud, but rather a relaxation. While congratulating Governor Murphy on their endorsement, the NJEA released Sweeney’s endorsement without comment.

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