Murphy isn’t the only top Democrat with a group supported by millions from N.J. teachers union
A non-profit that promotes New Jersey’s second-highest-ranking state lawmaker revealed Monday it raised $3.4 million in 2019 — the majority of which came from the state’s largest teachers union.
NJ United, which was formed to tout the agenda of state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, received $2.75 million from Garden State Forward, the political action committee of the New Jersey Education Association.
The money was raised in a key election year. All 80 seats in the Assembly, the lower house of the state Legislature, were up for grabs, and Coughlin was trying to defend Democrats’ majority. (They lost two seats in the end but will still control 52 seats when the chamber is reorganized next month.)
The cash infusion from the NJEA puts the pro-Coughlin group in line with New Direction New Jersey, a similar non-profit formed to promote Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. Of the $6.7 million that group has raised over the last two years, $4.5 million has come from that union.