Statement: NJ 11th for Change on Mikie Sherrill's Win


This is the statement released by NJ 11th for Change to media outlets on the evening of November 6, 2018:

Montclair, NJ — The following statement can be attributed to Saily M. Avelenda, Esq., Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change:

“We are thrilled to congratulate Mikie Sherrill on her impressive win!

“Throughout her campaign, Mikie Sherrill has displayed the transparency, responsiveness, and accountability we demand from all of our elected representatives. After 24 years of being underrepresented, after years and years of having a representative who refused to hear our concerns, WE FINALLY HAVE CHANGE!  We are confident that Mikie Sherrill will serve with these principles in mind.

“Mikie stands firmly in favor of affordable healthcare, women’s reproductive rights, public transportation, fair taxation, LGBTQ rights, the environment, boosting New Jersey’s economy, and other issues that are vital to creating a robust and an inclusive community in CD11.  She is committed to standing up against the harmful policies being implemented in Washington and to moving us forward as a district and as a nation. We know that once she takes her seat in Congress, Mikie will fight hard for CD11, for New Jersey, and for the nation. And NJ 11th for Change will be right there, supporting her efforts and ensuring that our voices continue to be heard.

“This win is also a victory for the thousands of members of NJ 11th for Change who have spent the last two years tirelessly mobilizing and organizing, speaking out, knocking on doors, making telephone calls, writing postcards, and showing up in the rain, snow and heat to ensure that their voices and concerns were heard. Without them, there would be no NJ 11th for Change.  WIthout them, there would never have been an opportunity for a strong candidate like Mikie Sherrill to emerge. Every one of our members deserves to celebrate and savor this moment.

“This is the power of us. This is what democracy looks like when it works FOR the people, and we are incredibly proud to have been a part of this transformation in CD11.

“Finally, we are keenly aware of the work yet to come. NJ 11th for Change has never been about any single election, or any single elected official. We will continue to fight for sustainable and real representation at all levels of government, from the state legislature to the county to municipal offices in CD11. We will continue to hold our elected officials accountable, shine a light on their actions, and mobilize our volunteers towards more civic engagement.  

“This is only the beginning.


Where to Vote Early



Here are early voting locations and hours in NJ-11.

Early voting continues in all four NJ-11 counties until 3 PM Monday, Nov. 5.

Morris County Clerk:

Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street
P.O. Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0315
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.


Essex County Clerk:

Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Room 247
Newark, NJ 07102
Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.



South Mountain Recreation Complex 
Turtle Back Zoo Education Center Building (adjacent to Park and Ride)
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

  • Monday, November 5, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM


Passaic County Clerk:

401 Grand Street
Room 130
Paterson, NJ 07505
Hours: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.


Sussex County Clerk:

83 Spring Street
Suite 304
Newton, NJ 07860-2080
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.

Early Voting Is An Option!



We know. It's been confusing. But here are the great big YES answers to many VBM/voting early questions: 

  • Can any registered voter vote early, even if he or she signed up to Vote by Mail? YES!!!!
  • I didn't send my mail-in ballot by the deadline. Or my pet tortoise ate it. Is it BETTER to vote early than by provisional ballot on election day? YES!!!!!
  • Is my early voting ballot a REAL ballot counted on election night (and is my provisional ballot counted later?) YES AND YES!!!!
  • If I was sent a VBM but can't find it, can I vote at an early voting location? YES!!!!
  • If I was sent a VBM to another address, can I vote early? YES!!!
  • If I requested a VBM but it never arrived, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I applied to VBM but the Clerk didn't process it, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I have not applied to VBM but I want to vote early, even after October 30th, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I am on the record as being a VBM voter and I neglect to vote by mail or early, will my ONLY choice be to vote by PROVISIONAL ballot on election day? YES!!!!!


And again: Is EARLY VOTING better than voting by provisional ballot?



Here's exactly where and when you can cast an early vote:

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UGLY TRUTHS: Webber's Woeful Record On Women's Issues




Like bullies. Bullies whose constant response to women’s concerns is a resounding NO.

When Christie said NO to women’s well-being with drastic cuts to women’s health care, the impact was devastating. Health centers were forced to close.  Breast and cervical cancer cases increased. And Morris County had the highest surge in bacterial sexually transmitted infections in the state.

We also know Jay Webber’s harsh voting record on issues that affect women and their families.  There’s no reason to believe his views would change if he were elected to Congress.   

Webber voted:

  • NO! on a bill that passed overwhelmingly to protect women and minorities from workplace discrimination, making it illegal to offer them lower pay and fewer benefits without good reason.
  • NO! on increasing the minimum wage.  
  • NO! (repeatedly) on funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.   
  • NO! on after-school programs for at-risk children.
  • NO! (twice) on a bill that would require health benefits for certain treatment therapies for autism and other developmental disabilities.


And when it came time to require insurers to cover breast evaluations and other medically necessary tests, Webber was silent — he abstained from voting on a unanimously passed bill.

Do we want to be represented in Congress by someone who has failed to show compassion and empathy?  


Vote Mikie Sherrill on November 6.