Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT New Jersey President Donna Chiera on Robert Menendez’s Re-election to Senate

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Oriana Korin

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the re-election of Robert Menendez to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate:

“Today, the people of New Jersey voted for decency over inhumanity, and to bring a voice for everyday people back to the U.S. Senate. They re-elected Bob Menendez because he is one of our best champions for public education. He is a voice for working people trying to make a better life for their families, and he understands the importance of helping our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.

“Voters in New Jersey are fed up with President Trump’s divisiveness, hatred and bigotry. When the stakes were at their highest, New Jerseyans showed up to provide a check on that hate.”

American Federation of Teachers New Jersey President Donna Chiera on Robert Menendez’s re-election:

“I am proud of our members’ participation, and of all New Jerseyans, for seeking balance in national governance by re-electing Sen. Menendez. Our members approached this election as an opportunity to place affirmative votes for community values and respect for humanity, which we believe are sentiments shared by the majority of Americans.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.