The Interested Nurses Political Action Committee, which serves as the political arm of the Trenton-based New Jersey State Nurses Association, has announced its early endorsements for state legislator races.
Among the endorsements is Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz (R-District 21). Munoz, RN, MSN, CNS, began serving as a state legislator on May 21, 2009. She earned her BSN degree from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a masters degree from Hunter College, New York City, as a clinical nurse specialist.
“INPAC decided to support this group because of their dedication to healthcare. As citizens in New Jersey, nurses need to support legislators who support us,” Kathleen Gillespie, RN,BSN, MBA, NE-BC, INPAC chairwoman, said in a news release.
Other legislators INPAC is supporting in this years elections are state senators Fred H. Madden (D-4), Joseph Vitale (D-19) and Loretta Weinberg (D-37), and Assembly members Daniel R. Benson (D-14), Patrick J. Diegan (D-18), Mila M. Jasey (D-27) and Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35).
“These legislators have been outstanding, loyal supporters of nursing and healthcare issues in New Jersey,” Pat Barnett, RN, JD, CEO of NJSNA, said in the release.
NJSNA represents the more than 110,000 RNs and 6,000 APNs in New Jersey.
INPAC will release final endorsements in September, according to the release, and will seek to endorse candidates who will advance legislation and support the most serious nursing issues.