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NJ AFL-CIO foils Christie effort to take NJ State Legislature, NJ just elected 48 rank and file union members to state legislature via NJ AFL-CIO Labor candidates program

November 8, 2013

11/6/13, “New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on Voter Approval of Ballot Question #2 and 2013 General Election Results,”, by Lee

““The clear takeaway from the 2013 election is that working families prevailed. Not only did voters overwhelmingly approve of Ballot Question #2 to raise the state minimum wage and include an annual cost of living adjustment, but voters soundly rejected Governor Christie’s heavily-funded campaign to gain control of the State Legislature,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “We applaud Senator Barbara Buono for running a vigorous campaign, championing the rights of New Jersey’s working families, and fighting to advance our shared middle class values.”

“Tonight, working families can celebrate the approval of Ballot Question #2 which will provide long-overdue raises to over 400,000 hard working families in New Jersey. This policy will uplift families, boost the local economy, and could not have come at a better time for our state which continues to experience stagnating wages, rising costs, record poverty levels, and unprecedented income inequality,” explained President Wowkanech. Working families can also

  • electing 48 out of 69 rank-and-file union members to public office

with 4 too close to call on November 5th through the

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to fight on the front lines of an epic battle to raise the state minimum wage, and did so as a founding partner of the statewide grassroots coalition Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. which united the efforts of 256 labor, community, religious, civil rights, student, progressive, women, and retirees groups as part of the “Raise the Wage” campaign,” stated President Wowkanech. “Raising the minimum wage was an unequivocal victory for the labor movement that will give hard working men and women a financial boost and raise the standard of living for all working families.”

“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is confident that with a pro-working families State Legislature, an increase in the state’s minimum wage, and 48 labor candidate victories, our mission to advance an agenda that promotes progress, economic fairness, and social justice for all New Jersey families will continue to move forward,” President Wowkanech concluded.

Contact Info:

Charles Wowkanech, President, 609-989-8730″

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11/7/13, “Diner Conversation: The Kean Win,, By PolitickerNJ Staff | November 7th, 2013 – 5:16pm

The Democratic Party insider’s voice sounded in the silverware clanking confines of a Central Jersey diner.The insider couldn’t believe what he had just read, namely the victory Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) scored this afternoon

  • over (NJ) state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), an inner sanctum ally of Gov. Chris Christie’s.

“He’s a lame duck,” the insider said, assessing the governor. “Can you imagine something like that happening two years ago? No way.” pointed out that if the governor had wanted it, he would have pushed harder.

“Then why didn’t he?” the insider wondered. “Look, (Sen.) Diane Allen (R-7) didn’t want pension and benefits but she voted for it. Why? He wanted it. Nah. These guys in the GOP caucus know he’s gone and they can do what they want now and they have to protect themselves.””

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