Tonight, November 3, 2021, Democrat Phil Murphy was declared re-elected as Governor of New Jersey. New Jersey Citizen Action releases the following statement in response:
Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, New Jersey Citizen Action Executive Director:
“New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) congratulates Governor Phil Murphy, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, and all NJCA-backed legislative and local candidates for their election victory. We also want to extend our gratitude to the thousands of volunteers and millions of voters across the state who made their voices heard. This election was hard-fought, but even with the likely loss of at least several Democratic legislative seats, the result showed a strong majority of voters support the Governor, the Democratic majority in the Legislature, and approve of their many accomplishments and leadership.
“Despite some challenges, New Jerseyans have spoken: they need and want leaders who fight for working families and communities of color, not for corporate special interests. In the next four years, Trenton must advance policies that address long-standing social, economic and racial disparities and continue to work towards a fairer, more equitable New Jersey where everyone can prosper.
“We urge Governor Murphy and the Legislature to continue to heed the voices too often ignored in New Jersey–those of working families and communities of color. We need to strive even harder to address the crises they face every day. The immediate priorities that should be addressed include:
- Implementing the Cover All Kids legislation Governor Murphy signed in a way that ensures uninsured children get the health care coverage and care they need.
- Passing legislation to help rein in unsustainably high prescription drug prices. (S1066/A2418).
- Removing barriers to our state’s paid family and medical leave programs. Too many workers, especially lower-income workers, cannot access paid leave when they need to care for their own health or their loved ones because of limitations in the programs and most importantly, lack of job protection
- Ending racial discrimination in setting auto insurance rates. Prohibiting auto insurance companies from setting premiums based on an individual’s education, occupation, and credit score (A1657/S111) will be an important step forward in addressing systemic racial and economic inequality.
- Establishing a statewide Office of the Public Advocate to support the interests of people of color, working families, the elderly, children, disabled communities, LGBTQ+ individuals and others who suffered from many disparities long before the pandemic, and who continue to struggle as New Jersey recovers from the worldwide health and economic crisis.
- Passing the Reproductive Freedom Act as anti-choice lawmakers and judges across the country gear up to dismantle Roe v. Wade. The legislation must go beyond codifying Roe v. Wade–it should also make abortion accessible and equitable for all by ensuring low-income women and women of color can access abortion services.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Governor and Legislators as we fight for policies that make New Jersey a fairer, stronger and more equitable state for all its residents.”