NJCA Statement on 2022 NJ Congressional Midterm Results

November 9, 2022

Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJCA Executive Director:

“Since 2016, right-wing forces, galvanized by Trump, have waged a war on women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and many others in an effort to marginalize much of our country’s diverse population, divide America, and undermine programs and policies that support low- and moderate-income families across the nation. These forces might make some limited gains, but when we connect people in an inclusive movement and push back against the agenda of fear, distrust, and misinformation, we can win. Congressman Andy Kim’s re-election is the strongest proof of that.

“Redistricting made Congressman Tom Malinowski’s re-election difficult, despite his stellar record of representing and connecting with the people of his district. Thanks to our efforts and those of many others, he came close to being re-elected, and we plan to make this district a priority for our movement in the next election cycle. Across CD-7 and CD-3, our activists and volunteers marched with us, knocked on more than 3,000 doors, made 640 phone calls, and texted more than 25,000 voters. Together with our partners 32BJ SEIU, the Working Families Party, Make the Road NJ, Clean Water Action, and CWA, we mobilized and engaged more low- to moderate-income voters in racially diverse communities than ever before, growing our movement for economic justice and building a foundation for the next election.

“NJ Citizen Action connected with voters concerned about caregiving policies and discussed the opportunity for federal legislation supporting caregivers such as national paid family leave and investments in affordable childcare. These policies could become reality if supportive Democrats are elected to the House and Senate.

“Now more than ever, we need to unite against the right-wing forces who are perpetrating racism, misogyny, and bigotry, and are mounting a continuing assault on our country’s democracy.  We need to unite on reproductive freedoms and to defend the gains made in healthcare, income inequality, student debt, consumer protection, and climate change. We need to come together to build a state and a country where everyone has a chance to thrive and prosper. New Jersey Citizen Action pledges to continue to fight for socio-economic and racial justice, both at the state and federal level, and we urge all New Jerseyans to join us.”