N.J. Nurses Endorse 33 Assembly Candidates

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TRENTON, N.J.—Sept. 20, 2019— The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) Board of Directors announced today its support for 33 NJ General Assembly candidates.

“So much of modern health care is driven by a legislative and political process,” said NJSNA President Kate Gillespie, RN, MBA, NE-BC. “With so many important issues that impact the nursing profession and patient care, it is critical nurses get out and vote on November 5 to become a part of the process to protect the practice of nursing and their patients.”

All 80 seats in the Assembly are up for election in 2019.

Through its Interested Nurses Political Action Committee (INPAC), NJSNA is endorsing the following New Jersey Assembly candidates, all of whom are incumbents:

  • Daniel R. Benson (D-14)
  • Linda S. Carter (D-22)
  • Annette Chaparro (D-33)
  • Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31)
  • Craig J. Coughlin (D-19)
  • Ronald S. Dancer (R-12)
  • Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-14)
  • Joann Downey (D-11)
  • Roy Freiman (D-16)
  • Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37)
  • Mila M. Jasey (D-27)
  • Angelica M. Jimenez (D-32)
  • Gordon M. Johnson (D-37)
  • Pamela R. Lampitt (D-6)
  • Yvonne Lopez (D-19)
  • John F. McKeon (D-27)
  • Angela V. McKnight (D-31)
  • Pedro Mejia (D-32)
  • Matthew W. Milam (D-1)
  • Paul D. Moriarty (D-4)
  • Gabriela M. Mosquera (D-4)
  • Raj Mukherji (D-33)
  • Nancy F. Munoz (R-21)
  • Carol A. Murphy (D-7)
  • Annette Quijano (D-20)
  • Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15)
  • Gary S. Schaer (D-36)
  • Holly T. Schepisi (R-39)
  • Parker Space (R-24)
  • Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35)
  • Anthony S. Verrelli (D-15)
  • Harold J. Wirths (R-24)
  • Andrew Zwicker (D-16)

INPAC Board of Trustees includes nurses from all regions of the state in all fields of nursing.

INPAC, which is the political arm of NJSNA, is not a lobbying organization. Instead, it aims to influence healthcare policy discourse by endorsing and contributing to candidates who support the nursing profession and quality healthcare. Elected officials directly affect the nursing practice and the healthcare system. Because politics have a great impact on nursing, it is imperative that nursing has a meaningful impact on politics.

To learn more about NJSNA please visit njsna.org.


NJSNA, which was established in 1901, is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.  The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) represents the interests of 110,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses as an advocate for the nursing profession. NJSNA’s lobbying arm continues to protect the nursing profession through legislative victories. Its nonprofit foundation, Institute for Nursing, helps nurses further their careers by providing continuing education, scholarships and research grants in addition to invaluable networking opportunities. For more information, nurses can visit njsna.org or contact NJSNA at njsna@njsna.org or call (609) 883-5335.



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