LGBTQ Political Action Fund of GSE releases list of endorsed candidates for 2021 NJ election

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Garden State Equality Action Fund also endorsed Phil Murphy for New Jersey Governor 

“GSE Action Fund chooses to endorse candidates based on their support for its mission of lifting up the diverse voices of LGBTQ+ communities through education and advocacy to advance the movement for equality in New Jersey and nationally,” said a press release on the the upcoming election. The 2021 Garden State Equality Action Fund list includes the New Jersey State Assembly endorsements as well as other local municipal elections in many towns across the state.

Christian Fuscarino of GSE and NJ Governor Phill Murphy in 2017
Christian Fuscarino of GSE and NJ Governor Phill Murphy in 2017 at Garden State Equality rally in Asbury Park

“On behalf of our 150,000 members across the Garden State, we work closely with leaders in Trenton to ensure the communities we serve experience lived equality. Throughout our endorsement process, we carefully consider what each candidate will do to help marginalized communities across our state, through schools, healthcare, and much more. We are proud to support these candidates for office in 2021 and look forward to working with them to ensure equality for New Jersey’s marginalized communities,” said Garden State Equality Action Fund Executive Director Christian Fuscarino.

Read the Out In Jersey LGBTQ interview with Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Assembly endorsements

LD – 1
John Capizola, Jr.

LD – 2
John Armato
Don Guardian

LD – 3
Adam Taliaferro
John Burzichelli

LD – 4
Paul Moriarty
Gabriela Mosquera

LD – 5
William Spearman
William Moen

LD – 6
Louis Greenwald
Pamela Lampitt

LD – 7
Herb Conaway, Jr.
Carol Murphy

LD – 8
Mark Natale
Allison Eckel

LD – 9
Wayne Lewis

LD – 10
No endorsement

LD – 11
Joann Downey
Eric Houghtaling

LD – 12
No endorsement

LD – 13
No endorsement

LD – 14
Daniel Benson
Wayne DeAngelo

LD – 15
Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Anthony Verrelli

LD – 16
Roy Freiman
Sadaf Jaffer

LD – 17
Joe Danielsen

LD – 18
Robert Karabinchak
Sterley Stanley

LD-19
Craig Coughlin
Yvonne Lopez

LD – 20
Annette Quijano

LD – 21
Elizabeth Graner
Anjali Mehrotra

LD – 22
Linda Carter
James Kennedy

LD – 23
No endorsement

LD – 24
No endorsement

LD – 25
No endorsement

LD – 26
No endorsement

LD – 27
Mila Jasey
John McKeon

LD – 28
Ralph Caputo
Cleopatra Tucker

LD – 29
Eliana Pintor Marin
Shanique Speight

LD – 30
No endorsement

LD – 31
Angela McKnight

LD – 32
Angelica M. Jimenez
Pedro Mejia

LD – 33
Annette Chaparro
Raj Mukherji

LD – 34
Thomas Giblin
Britnee Timberlake

LD – 35
Shavonda Sumter
Benjie Wimberly

LD – 36
Clinton Calabrese

LD – 37
No endorsement

LD – 38
Lisa Swain
P. Christopher Tully

LD – 39
Karlito Almeda
Melinda Iannuzzi

LD – 40
No endorsement

New Jersey rainboiw colored mapNew Jersey Senate candidate endorsements

LD – 1
No endorsement

LD – 2
Vince Mazzeo

LD – 3
Stephen Sweeney

LD – 4
Fred H. Madden

LD – 5
Nilsa Cruz-Perez

LD – 6
James Beach

LD – 7
Troy Singleton

LD – 8
No endorsement

LD – 9
No endorsement

LD – 10
Emma Mammano

LD – 11
Vin Gopal

LD – 13
Vincent Solomeno

LD – 14
Linda Greenstein

LD – 15
Shirley Turner

LD – 16
Andrew Zwicker

LD – 17
Bob Smith

LD – 18
Patrick Diegan

LD – 19
Joe Vitale

LD – 20
Joseph Cryan

LD – 21
Joseph Signorello

LD – 22
Nicholas Scutari

LD – 23
No endorsement

LD – 24
No endorsement

LD – 25
No endorsement

LD – 26
Christine Clarke

LD – 27
Richard Codey

LD – 28
Ronald Rice

LD – 29
M. Teresa Ruiz

LD – 30
Dan Stinger

LD – 31
Sandra B. Cunningham

LD – 32
Nicholas J. Sacco

LD – 33
Brian Stack

LD – 34
Nia Gill

LD – 35
Nellie Pou

LD – 36
Paul A. Sarlo

LD – 37
Gordon Johnson

LD – 38
Joseph Lagana

LD – 39
Holly Schepisi

New Jersey Governor endorsement

Phil Murphy

New Jersey local election endorsements

Ed Potosnak, Council Member, Franklin Township
Ravinder Bhalla, Mayor, Hoboken
Alexander Mirabella, Union County Commissioner
Steven Tanelli, Bergen County Commissioner
Tracy Silna Zur, Bergen County Commissioner
John Kashwick, Town of Clinton Common Council
Anthony Paradiso, Town Council, Waldwick, Bergen County
Bridget Kelly, Bergen County Clerk
Michael Beson, Monmouth County Commissioner
Jake Hudnut, Jersey City Council
Jim Doyle, Hoboken City Council
Emily Jabbour, Hoboken City Council
Joe Quintero, Hoboken City Council
Steve McIntyre, North Plainfield Council
Suezette Given, North Plainfield Council

Garden State Equality Action Fund has also added a short list of LGBTQ self-disclosed candidates some of which were not endorsed by the organization. In a press release they stated ” GSEAF believes that it has a responsibility to share with our members a list of LGBTQ self-disclosed candidates, whether or not they received an endorsement. We encourage our members to support all LGBTQ candidates who support our community”

New Jersey LGBTQ self-disclosed candidates

Kate Triggiano, Red Bank City Council
TC McCourt, Morris County Commissioner
Don Guardian, New Jersey Assembly
Vincent Solomeno, New Jersey Senate
Ed Potosnak, Franklin Township Council
Shannon Cuttle, Maplewood & South Orange Board of Education
John Kashwick, Clinton City Council
Steve McIntyre, North Plainfield Council
Marty Weber, Barnegat Council
Mariana Pontoriero, Brick Township Council
Caitlin Giles McCormick, Flemington City Council
Chris Sheridan, Rochelle Park Committee
A.J. Oliver, Morris County Commissioner
Daniella Mendez, Dover Board of Education
Anthony Paradiso, Waldwick Town Council
Jake Hudnut, Jersey City Council

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