New Jersey Education Association

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New Jersey Education Association
Website:Official Website
The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) was founded in 1853 as the New Jersey State Teachers Association. It was later changed to reflect its inclusion of all public school employees, not just teachers. The association lobbies at both the state and federal levels for the interests of its members.[1] Currently, the NJEA has 195,501 members and 22 regional offices across the state.[2]

Mission Statement:

"The mission of the New Jersey Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students."[3]

Vision Statement:

"The New Jersey Education Association is a diverse, democratic organization working to create an optimal environment to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey."[3]


  • Member Advocacy - To preserve and improve the economic interests, working conditions, job security, and pensions of all members.
  • Organizing - To strengthen the Association by maximizing membership, developing leadership, and supporting affiliates.
  • Enhancing Public Education - To promote and deliver quality professional development for educators. To advance and support policies that enhance and enrich public education.[3]

Campaign Contributions

State Candidates


In 2007, the NJEA donated a total of $163,905 to state senate candidates, and $194,885 to state assembly candidates. It was the 14th and 9th largest donor to state senate and state assembly campaigns, respectively.

The top five recipients of campaign contributions from the NJEA in 2007 were:[4]

Candidate Amount Result
Republican Party Nicholas Asselta, State Senator $10,950 Defeatedd
Republican Party Alex DeCroce, State Assemblyman $10,200 Approveda
Democratic Party Ronald Rice, State Senator $10,000 Approveda
Democratic Party Bonnie Watson Coleman, State Assemblywoman $9,000 Approveda
Democratic Party Louis Greenwald, State Assemblyman $8,800 Approveda

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