Governor-elect Phil Murphy has selected Marie Blistan, the president of the New Jersey Education Association, to act in an advisory role for education policies in his administration.
Blistan’s organization spent a record amount of money backing Republican candidate for the 3rd district, Fran Grenier, in an attempt to unseat Senate President Steve Sweeney.
Despite the opposition, Sweeney won his re-election by a large margin.
Sweeney and several state democratic leaders criticized the organization and suggested new leadership take over at NJEA, but the organization hasn’t stepped back from their support for Sweeney’s opponent. A statement released after the election results said the organization showed that they “will not back down when our values are at stake.”
Blistan thanked Murphy for including NJEA in the transition team.
“He promised our members over a year ago that he would include them when he was making decisions about education matters,” Blistan said in a statement. “He has kept his word.”
New Jersey Education Association and Senate President Steve Sweeney did not return requests for comment.