Murphy Administration: First 100 Days

Democrats are Party of Fiscal Responsibility

When Paul Ryan and other Republicans call themselves fiscal conservatives, they’re basically doing a version of the old Marx Brothers bit: “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

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Jan 2018: from the President, Sylvia Vason

We want to congratulate our newest chapter, Essex/Passaic County.

Gail Muhammad, new President of Essex/Passaic County Chapter of NJFDW (pictured right) sworn in with Mary Forbes, Chapter Secretary (pictured left) by Newark Council Woman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

Radna Collins sworn in as VP, Essex/Passaic County Chapter by Newark Council Woman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

Sylvia Vason sworn in as Treasurer, Essex/Passaic County Chapter by Newark Council Woman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins..

Ana Paula Rodriques sworn in as Corresponding Secretary, Essex/Passaic County Chapter by Newark Council Woman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

New Jersey's new Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Oliver: Recognized as "making strides" in Essence Magazine (pg 66).


Ms Oliver has held six terms since 2003 in the State Assembly. On November 23, 2009, she was elected unanimously by Assembly Democrats to become the 169th Speaker of the Assembly. Her election made her the second woman to serve as Speaker in New Jersey history and the second African American to hold this post. Nationwide, she became the second African American woman to lead a state legislature after Karen Bass of California.

2018 Fundraiser Events

NJFDW fundraiser events for 2018 include our annual Peg Roberts Award luncheon, a possible book-signing event highlighting Women Business Owners, and our annual Holiday Party in December.

NJFDW had personal losses this year:

Sarah Dowling, one of the Founders of NJFDW, passed in 2017. Sarah was a Peg Roberts Service Awards recipient, handled all the convention communications and program books, and was an active member of Burlington County. 

Anne Zamonski, a Peg Roberts Service Award recipient and member of Mercer County was also lost to us in 2017.

And Almeta Honis, also a Peg Roberts Service Award recipient and member of Bergen County, passed in late 2017.

We profoundly miss all our sisters in this great and purposeful endeavor. We stand on their shoulders.