New Jersey Working Families

New Jersey Working Families is a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the needs and values of working families. We elect candidates who share our values and organize campaigns to advance progressive policies. Together we’re building a movement of working families to build a New Jersey for the many, not the few. 


Let’s face it: New Jersey’s economy is out of whack. All income gains since the start of the Great Recession have gone to New Jersey’s richest 5 percent, while the bottom 95 percent are paying more, getting less, and looking for jobs that are nowhere to be found.

Since our founding in 2008 we have been at the forefront of the fight for a more just New Jersey:

An Accountable Government: We are fighting for a more transparent, accountable, and responsive government. Now we’re fighting to dismantle New Jersey’s corrupt culture of political bosses and take back New Jersey for working people.

Fighting for $15: New Jersey Working Families led the successful fight to state minimum wage to $15/hour. Thanks to worker organizing, mass rallies, and pressure on the local and county level, one million New Jerseyans are on the path to $15.

Earned Sick Time for all New Jerseyans: We led the grassroots coalition that has successfully advanced earned sick time laws in eleven New Jersey municipalities in two years. The national media called it “the biggest wave of earned sick time victories ever.” That campaign laid the foundation for a statewide earned sick time law in 2019.

Fairer Budgets and Taxes: We coordinate the statewide Better Choices for New Jersey coalition that led the fight to reverse years of Governor Christie’s failed trickle-down policies. In 2009 we fought for and won a one-year tax increase on New Jersey’s richest 2%, and our work exposing New Jersey’s wasteful corporate subsidy programs has put them at the center of the public debate in New Jersey.

Protecting and Strengthening Voting Rights: In 2015 we launched a new campaign to increase voter participation in New Jersey. That campaign culminated in one of the most expansive automatic voter registration laws in the state.

New Jersey Working Families Alliance brings together labor and community organizations that share a commitment to economic and social justice. Our affiliates include:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 1
American Association of University Professors, AFT
NJ Union of Rutgers Administrators, AFT NJ
Communications Workers of America, District 1
CWA Locals 1032, 1033, 1037, 1039, 1082 and 1084
Garden State Equality
International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1588
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 194
Laundry Distribution Joint Board, Workers United SEIU
New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Clean Water Action
New Jersey Communities United
New Jersey Education Association
New Jersey United Students
Service Employees International Union, NJ State Council
SEIU Local 1199
SEIU Local 32BJ
Sierra Club NJ
United Food and Commercial Workers, Region 1

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The political machine is scared (they should be)

Yesterday morning, I was standing in the audience as corrupt New Jersey political machine boss George Norcross was set to testify in the State Senate about charges that he has used his position to secure billions in tax breaks for himself, when ... More

W&L: Extra Special Saturday Edition!

Thanksgiving is arriving early this year! We are thankful for someone we admit we’ve been pretty hard on all year: George Norcross. Why are we thankful? Are we thankful for George’s philanthropy? (You know, moving his insurance business 12 miles ... More

W&L: The Endangered Species of South Jersey

Congratulations to all victorious candidates on Tuesday! We hope you serve the interests not just of your County Chairs but the very people who entrusted you with their vote this week, who expect honest and ethical representation. And this point ... More

W&L: Money on the Table

The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Once again the Inky nails it! "It’s a pity that Democratic party boss George Norcross and his minions didn’t make nearly as great an effort to create jobs in Camden as they did to make the city ... More

W&L: The Spoiled Milk Philosophy

WINNERS: Philadelphia Inquirer: Thoughtful, well-substantiated take by the Editorial Board, "New Jersey's Corporate Welfare State Must End." "In Camden... companies like Subaru of America and the Philadelphia 76ers have been among those enjoying state as well as local tax breaks. ... More

W&L: Persona Non Grata

WINNERS: The Godfather: The 50th Anniversary edition of Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather is available! Nancy Solomon and Jeff Pillets: We've all suspected that awful things go on behind the scenes in Camden. We've heard the rumors, the stories. But Jeff and ... More

W&L: Good Morning AC!

WINNERS: Winner of the Week: The FBI and William McSwain, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.New York Times' Nick Corasaniti and Matthew Haag: Despite an incredibly crowded national news cycle orbiting around Trump, Ukraine and "quid ... More

W&L: Happy Birthday, EOA!

WINNERS: #JerseyRising: New Jersey unemployment is at 3.2 percent, the lowest monthly rate since state-level records began, the same year the Meadowlands opened (relevant in a minute). And after six days in India, Governor Murphy announced that 1,250 new jobs ... More

W&L: Oh Happy State!

WINNERS: Governor Murphy's Gun Industry Takedown: We counted THREE national news TV appearances this week and a national New York Times push alert on holding banks and the gun industry accountable for the carnage occurring in New Jersey and ... More

W&L: Trenton Goes to School!

WINNERS: New Jersey Schools, #1 for the first time ever! We are normally skeptical of school rankings since they tend to lean heavily on standardized tests, but this particular ranking is great news. Sorry Red Sox fans: "New Jersey ... More