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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, increasing the number of progressive women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom,  and creating a women's political power base to achieve equality for ALL women.


Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Endorses Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for Governor

For Immediate Release                                   
Contact: Shari Weiner, (201) 602-8830 
Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno for Governor.  

Shari Weiner, Chair of the Political Resources Committee stated, "The Lt. Governor has been a long-time supporter of the Caucus and is aligned with the core mission of the organization: to increase the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protect reproductive freedom, and promote equal rights for women."
"The WPCNJ PAC is proud to show our support of the Lt. Governor by making the maximum contribution permitted as part of nearly $40,000 in contributions for our endorsed female candidates in the 2017 election." Weiner added.

Lt. Governor Guadagno began her public service career as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. Following a move to Monmouth County, New Jersey, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark.

Like many women in elected office, Lt. Governor Guadagno first decided to run for public office to solve real problems facing her community and make it a better place to live, work, and raise a family. In 2005, she was elected as a Borough Commissioner in Monmouth Beach. Lt. Governor Guadagno became the first woman elected Sheriff in Monmouth County history in 2007, leading a 650-member, $65 million law enforcement agency.  In 2010 she was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lt. Governor and was re-elected in 2013.  Simultaneously serving as Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Guadagno serves as New Jersey's chief election official, oversees promotion of the state's $40 billion tourism industry, and administers programs related to the arts, culture, and history.

Jeralyn Lawrence, Member of the WPCNJ Republican Task Force, added, "Lt. Governor Guadagno is a highly qualified, well-respected candidate with a distinguished career as an advocate for New Jersey women and their families. With just a single female governor in the state's history, we are excited to announce our support for her gubernatorial campaign."  

The WPCNJ PAC will hold an event to celebrate its endorsed female candidates on Thursday, October 5th from 8:30-10:30 am at the NJ Realtors' offices at 10 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ, with more details to follow.
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
 Endorses Forty-Six Female Legislative Candidates; 
PAC Announces Nearly $40k in Contributions 

For Immediate Release                                                                      
Contact: Shari Weiner, (201) 602-8830          

Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of forty-six female legislative candidates for the General Election in November. The WPCNJ PAC is set to distribute nearly $40,000 in contributions to support a key group of its endorsed candidates at an event in Trenton on October 5.
  "These forty-six endorsements reflect a strong showing of female candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights, regardless of party affiliation," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner.

The WPCNJ PAC is prepared to make significant contributions to candidates in the 2017 election cycle. WPCNJ PAC Chair Jennifer Mancuso added, "We are thrilled to contribute nearly $40,000 to support a diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing, and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."

The WPCNJ PAC will hold an event to celebrate its endorsed candidates on Thursday, October 5th from 8:30-10:30am at the NJ Realtors' offices at 10 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ.

According to The Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP), women hold a mere 36 of the 120 (30%) New Jersey legislative seats, down from last year's record of 37 women legislators (30.8%). "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling."  

  2017 Legislative Candidates Receiving Endorsement*signifies incumbent   Gabriela Mosquera (D)* District 4, Assembly Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)* District 5, Senate Patricia Egan Jones (D)* District 5, Assembly Pamela R. Lampitt (D)* District 6, Assembly Carol Murphy (D) District 7, Assembly Joanne Schwartz (D) District 8, Assembly Maryann Merlino (D) District 8, Assembly Jill Dobrowansky (D) District 9, Assembly Emma Mammano (D) District  10, Senate Joann Downey (D)* District 11, Assembly Mariel Didato (D) District 13, Assembly Linda Greenstein (D)* District 14, Senate Shirley Turner (D)* District 15, Senate Elizabeth Muoio (D)* District 15, Assembly Laurie Poppe (D) District 16, Senate Nancy Pinkin  (D)* District 18, Assembly Yvonne Lopez (D) District 19, Assembly Annette Quijano (D)* District 20, Assembly Jill Lazare (D) District 21, Senate Lacey Rzeszowski (D) District 21, Assembly Nancy Munoz (R)* District 21, Assembly Christine Lui Chen (D) District 23 Senate Laura Shaw (D) District 23, Assembly Kate Matteson (D) District 24, Assembly Gina Trish (D) District 24, Assembly Lisa Bhimani (D) District 25, Senate Mila M. Jasey (D)* District 27, Assembly Cleopatra Tucker (D)* District 28, Assembly M. Teresa Ruiz (D)* District 29, Senate Eliana Pintor Marin (D)* District 29, Assembly Shanique Speight (D) District 29, Assembly Sandra Cunningham (D)* District 31, Senate Angela McKnight (D)* District 31, Assembly Angelica Jimenez (D)* District 32, Assembly Annette Chaparro (D)* District 33, Assembly Nia Gill (D)* District 34, Senate Sheila Oliver (D)* District 34, Assembly Nellie Pou (D)* District 35, Senate Shavonda Sumter* (D) District 35, Assembly Marlene Caride* (D) District 35, Assembly Loretta Weinberg (D)* District 3, Senate Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)* District 37, Assembly Linda Schwager (D) District 39, Senate Jannie Chung (D) District 39, Assembly Holly Schepisi (R)* District 39, Assembly Christine Ordway (D) District 40, Assembly

Press Release
Prominent Statewide Women's Groups Call on Unapologetic Space to Resign After Caught Calling Opponent a "Bitch" Three Times in Thirty-Three Seconds
For Immediate Release                                                            
September 25, 2017                                                                                  
Today, prominent statewide women's groups including the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey, LUPE PAC, PAM'S List, the Women's Caucus of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, and the New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women denounce remarks made by Asm. Parker Space and demand his resignation. His recent derogatory comments against his Democratic opponent Kate Matteson are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  

Space, rather than apologize for calling his opponent a "bitch" three times in thirty-three seconds, has offered up a rather pathetic justification--that everyone uses the term. This so-called defense wouldn't pass muster in a school setting, let alone from a sitting assembly person. His comments and ridiculous excuses embolden misogyny at a time when we need those in power to denounce it with the full weight of their office. Space has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions, and so we call on him to resign immediately.

For more information contact:
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey President Chrissy Buteas, (908) 202-8386 or email 

WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus and is the authoritative voice for women in New Jersey politics. WPCNJ is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.


Save the Date
Women's Political Caucus of NJ
2018 Passion * Power * Progress 
Awards Reception 
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New BrunswickNJ

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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