Moving NJ Forward

Progressive Democrats of New Jersey is a grassroots organization dedicated to electing progressive candidates and pushing for political reform on behalf of the people of New Jersey. 

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We are a diverse, energetic, dedicated coalition that fights for fairness in politics and true justice for all. Since its founding in August of 2019, PDNJ has taken root as one of the foremost progressive advocacy organizations in the state. 

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The Problem

Through the undue influence of corporations, wealth inequality, and political corruption, we find ourselves wholly unrepresented by New Jersey’s politicians. A government which is not responsive to the concerns of hard working families is incapable of addressing their concerns. We have the highest property taxes in the country in exchange for an underfunded and segregated education system. A majority of our population recognizes racial injustice and climate change as major issues, yet we struggle for clean drinking water and access to public transportation. The problems our community face are systemic and unchanging - it is time for new leadership.

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Our Resolution

For New Jerseyans to seize the movement for justice and equity that is sweeping the country, together we must build well-informed and active communities which must organize, protest, and vote. Through our education and training workshops, we are empowering new and diverse leaders and organizers to take charge of the political process and the issues that drive the progressive movement here in NJ. Through our field and political organizing we are providing the resources necessary for any candidate who will fight for the values of our communities to win their election, and represent us in government. 

Latest Victories

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Abolish The Line Lawsuit

Through our Legal Defense Fund, for which we raised over $30,000, we led the charge to launch a lawsuit against multiple county clerks to abolish the line. 

NJ CAN 2020 Victory!

With an eye on racial justice and ending a disastrous drug war against our communities of color, we were elated to do our part  in the NJCAN Coalition to legalize the adult use of cannabis.

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PDNJ Now In 5 Counties

We are so excited to welcome the Middlesex County Chapter of PDNJ. With members all across the state, we are excited to continue  growing our county chapters and organizing on behalf of our communities.

Help NJ Make Progress

PDNJ Platform

  • Medicare for All

    We believe that people are entitled to go to the doctor when they're sick without the fear of bankruptcy. The U.S. currently spends 16 to 17 percent of our entire GDP on healthcare, more than any other comparable industrialized nation - with 13% of just New Jerseyans avoiding care due to cost. It’s time for Medicare for All!

    We believe that people are entitled to go to the doctor when they're sick without the fear of bankruptcy. The U.S. currently spends 16 to 17 percent of our entire GDP on healthcare, more than any other comparable industrialized nation - with 13% of just New Jerseyans avoiding care due to cost. It’s time for Medicare for All!

  • Green New Deal

    The Green New Deal is the aggressive action necessary to prevent irreversible harm to our planet. We are already witnessing the most devastating wildfire season in 100 years, a new tornado valley in the southeast, and hurricanes or superstorms reaching NJ with more regularity. We need a plan forward that not only takes every step to prevent these events, but transforms the economy to ensure a sustainable and equitable path forward.

    The Green New Deal is the aggressive action necessary to prevent irreversible harm to our planet. We are already witnessing the most devastating wildfire season in 100 years, a new tornado valley in the southeast, and hurricanes or superstorms reaching NJ with more regularity. We need a plan forward that not only takes every step to prevent these events, but transforms the economy to ensure a sustainable and equitable path forward.

  • Abolish the Line

    The first step for any meaningful Ballot Reform in New Jersey is to Abolish The Line, which has hampered our democracy for decades. A Rutgers study found that, during New Jersey’s 2020 primaries, appearing on the county line gave candidates an average 35 percentage point advantage. This helps explain why no New Jersey congressional incumbent with the line has lost a primary in at least 50 years.

    The first step for any meaningful Ballot Reform in New Jersey is to Abolish The Line, which has hampered our democracy for decades. A Rutgers study found that, during New Jersey’s 2020 primaries, appearing on the county line gave candidates an average 35 percentage point advantage. This helps explain why no New Jersey congressional incumbent with the line has lost a primary in at least 50 years.

  • No Police Money

    If we are going to make any meaningful changes to how we protect our communities, we have to elect politicians that are not beholden to police organizations through political contributions.

    If we are going to make any meaningful changes to how we protect our communities, we have to elect politicians that are not beholden to police organizations through political contributions.

  • Defund the Police

    In addition to the fact that our policing system developed from slave patrols and has been consistent in its biases ever since, more police has never equated to less crime. Investing in consistently underfunded services like public housing, education, and mental health care will have better impacts on our communities. Police violence happens across NJ constantly, and our communities need change.

    In addition to the fact that our policing system developed from slave patrols and has been consistent in its biases ever since, more police has never equated to less crime. Investing in consistently underfunded services like public housing, education, and mental health care will have better impacts on our communities. Police violence happens across NJ constantly, and our communities need change.

  • Abolish ICE

    Ice has detained children by the thousands. ICE has unlawfully jailed migrant children once they turned 18. ICE has subjected women and children to inhumane conditions violating national detention standards and public health protocols. This is an agency of terror and abuse, and should be completely abolished.

    Ice has detained children by the thousands. ICE has unlawfully jailed migrant children once they turned 18. ICE has subjected women and children to inhumane conditions violating national detention standards and public health protocols. This is an agency of terror and abuse, and should be completely abolished.

  • Election Reform

    Just 10% of registered NJ voters participated in the 2018 primaries. Only 70% of NJ residents are even registered to vote, with over a third of those unaffiliated. Any legislation or lack of action that limits the ability for people to vote is fundamentally undemocratic. We need same day voter registration, expanded early and mail-in voting, and universal automatic voter registration.

    Just 10% of registered NJ voters participated in the 2018 primaries. Only 70% of NJ residents are even registered to vote, with over a third of those unaffiliated. Any legislation or lack of action that limits the ability for people to vote is fundamentally undemocratic. We need same day voter registration, expanded early and mail-in voting, and universal automatic voter registration.

  • Cancel Student Debt

    Americans have over $1,600,000,000,000 of student debt. Student loan debt is now 2x the size of auto loan debt and 6x the size of credit card debt in America. The single most significant form of non-residential debt for many American families is disproportionately affecting black, hispanic and Native American students.

    Americans have over $1,600,000,000,000 of student debt. Student loan debt is now 2x the size of auto loan debt and 6x the size of credit card debt in America. The single most significant form of non-residential debt for many American families is disproportionately affecting black, hispanic and Native American students.

  • No Corp. PAC Money

    Politicians are supposed to represent the voters, the people. Corporate PACs spent $280 million dollars during the 2020 primary cycle, ensuring their bottom lines, not their employees, were represented in our government. Any political representative that intends to serve the interest of the people that elected them, should have no problem signing this pledge.

    Politicians are supposed to represent the voters, the people. Corporate PACs spent $280 million dollars during the 2020 primary cycle, ensuring their bottom lines, not their employees, were represented in our government. Any political representative that intends to serve the interest of the people that elected them, should have no problem signing this pledge.

  • End the Spoils System

    Tammany Hall is alive and well in New Jersey. Party Bosses hand out no-show jobs and lucrative contracts to friends and corporate donors in exchange for obedience at the ballot box. The Spoils System is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in having a democratic election process and an effective government. We must purge ourselves of this system.

    Tammany Hall is alive and well in New Jersey. Party Bosses hand out no-show jobs and lucrative contracts to friends and corporate donors in exchange for obedience at the ballot box. The Spoils System is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in having a democratic election process and an effective government. We must purge ourselves of this system.

  • Human Rights Focused Foreign Policy

    It's time to put the safety and well-being of people's, both foreign and domestic, above those of corporate profits and political convenience.

    It's time to put the safety and well-being of people's, both foreign and domestic, above those of corporate profits and political convenience.

  • Campaign Finance Reform

    The Election Law Enforcement Commission in NJ is severely underfunded and understaffed, and therefore toothless. We need to fully fund our campaign finance enforcement system and strengthen limitations on party financing in primaries. We must reverse Citizens United and return to a publicly funded political campaign system.

    The Election Law Enforcement Commission in NJ is severely underfunded and understaffed, and therefore toothless. We need to fully fund our campaign finance enforcement system and strengthen limitations on party financing in primaries. We must reverse Citizens United and return to a publicly funded political campaign system.