Trenton TrapMarch 15, 2011
Bleeding in Asbury ParkMarch 16, 2011
If there is one dominant trend during the past decade in terms of school elections, it is the growing clout of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). For decades, NJEA, a statewide union that represents nearly 204,000 active and retired school employees, has been a potent political force in the state capitol. The union participates in state campaigns primarily through its NJEA PAC. In 2009, for instance, the PAC spent $1.13 million on gubernatorial and legislative elections, according to quarterly reports filed with ELEC. Only one other group, the NJ State Laborers PAC, spent more.