It looks like the NJEA’s president is running for N.J. governor

The New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) is a far-Left organization wielding an incredible amount of power in state politics and pumping huge money into a pro-Murphy dark money front. The NJEA has also admitted using its members’ dues for its extensive political activities.

Is the notorious public sector union’s incumbent leader about to take the next step and make a gubernatorial run of his own?

Over the weekend, two separate Save Jersey readers forwarded me a copy of the following mailer:

Sean Spiller has served as mayor of the People’s Republic of Montclair since 2020 in addition to president of the NJEA since 2021; he’s also now apparently “chair” of the Protecting Our Democracy  – a 501(c)(4) organization.

“Organizing for a better tomorrow doesn’t stop on Election Day,” the website explains. “You can help build our movement to protect democracy, our personal freedoms and fundamental rights. Help build our movement today by taking our post-election survey.”

Uh-oh. It looks like Spiller, long believed to harbor statewide ambitions, is seriously considering a run to succeed Phil Murphy in 2025. He would presumably step down as NJEA president ahead of a run, but a hypothetical Spiller nomination would completely fuse the NJEA (which already donates millions to New Jersey Dems) and the state party. Maybe the NJEA has decided they’re tired of renting politicians and wants to purchase Drumthwacket outright?

God help us. Most of all the kids!

Spiller isn’t alone in the super early 2025 field; 2021 GOP nominee Jack Ciattarelli has already announced a third run for his party’s nomination, and NJ 101.5 host Bill Spadea recently launched a group of his own called the Common Sense Club.

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