For finding, training, and supporting great progressive women candidates, and more sharply informing and organizing around Gov. Christie’s dismal record on women, impressive resources are launching all at once. All good stuff:
Jersey Girls Caucus:
Blue Jerseyan and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who convened the Jersey Girls Caucus in one rollicking session with the sea of intelligent, tough women who were in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention is now expanding it. The goal? To keep the heat on Gov. Christie re: his failed record on women, to organize, to make sure we let other women know what’s going on. Here’s how to latch on:
Emerge NJ: Thursday night’s the big launch for NJ to be the 12th state to open a group devoted to helping get more Democratic women elected. Women don’t have parity when it comes to holding elected seats – we’re 17% of seats in Congress, 23% of statewide offices nationally, 24% of state legislative seats. In NJ, of the 120 in the legislature, only 35 (29%) are women. For federal, it’s worse: NJ last elected a female federal lawmaker almost 10 years ago. Only 5 women in NJ’s history have been sent to Congress from here. Only 89 women are mayors of the State’s 566 townships – that’s 15.7%.
Thursday night’s kickoff is a fundraiser in Morristown. Senate Majority Leader (and Blue Jerseyan) Loretta Weinberg and Speaker Sheila Oliver will both speak. I’ll be there with my candidate Marie Corfield, running hard to defeat the Republican installed in the LD-16 Assembly seat following the death of incumbent Pete Biondi 48 hours after November’s election.
There’s still time to attend Emerge NJ’s launch.There are some fabulous New Jersey women behind it. Check out the list after the jump …