Animal protection candidates succeed in New Jersey elections

Animal Protection Candidates Succeed in New Jersey Elections

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2023)—Today, the Humane Society Legislative Fund announced that 51 of its endorsed candidates won their seats in the 2023 New Jersey elections.

“Elected officials have the opportunity and responsibility to protect animals and those who care about them, including expanding adopting opportunities and ending the cruelest abuses. That is why we work to educate voters on how their decisions at the ballot box can impact animal protection throughout the Garden State," said Brad Pyle, Political Director of Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We are thrilled to see so many humane-minded legislators head to Trenton, so they can begin shaping public policy that creates a more humane New Jersey.”

HSLF is the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection. As a non-partisan organization, HSLF considers candidates for endorsement based on their dedication to animal protection. The slate of endorsed New Jersey candidates included incumbents who took pro-animal legislative action as well as first-time candidates demonstrating a commitment to the cause.

The following HSLF endorsed candidates claimed victory in the New Jersey elections:

State Senate:

  • 4th District: Paul Moriarty (D)
  • 5th District: Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)
  • 6th District: James Beach (D)
  • 7th District: Troy Singleton (D)
  • 10th District: Jim Holzapfel (R)
  • 11th District: Vin Gopal (D)
  • 13th District: Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. (R)
  • 14th District: Linda Greenstein (D)
  • 15th District: Shirley Turner (D)
  • 16th District: Andrew Zwicker (D)
  • 17th District: Bob Smith (D)
  • 18th District: Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D)
  • 20th District: Joseph Cryan (D)
  • 22nd District: Nicholas Scutari (D)
  • 25th District: Anthony Bucco (R)
  • 27th District: John McKeon (D)
  • 32nd District: Raj Mukherji (D)
  • 33rd District: Brian Stack (D)
  • 34th District: Britnee Timberlake (D)
  • 35th District: Nellie Pou (D)
  • 37th District: Gordon Johnson (D)
  • 38th District: Joseph Lagana (D)
  • 40th District: Kristin Corrado (R)

State Assembly:

  • 7th District: Carol Murphy (D)
  • 10th District: Greg McGuckin (R)
  • 10th District: Paul Kanitra (R)
  • 11th District: Margie Donlon (D)
  • 11th District: Luanne Peterpaul (D)
  • 12th District: Robert Clifton (R)
  • 12th District: Alex Sauickie (R)
  • 13th District: Vicky Flynn (R)
  • 13th District: Gerry Scharfenberger (R)
  • 15th District: Anthony Verrelli (D)
  • 15th District: Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D)
  • 16th District: Roy Freiman (D)
  • 17th District: Joe Danielsen (D)
  • 18th District: Robert Karabinchak (D)
  • 18th District: Sterley Stanley (D)
  • 19th District: Craig Coughlin (D)
  • 19th District: Yvonne Lopez (D)
  • 20th District: Annette Quijano (D)
  • 21st District: Michelle Matsikoudis (R)
  • 25th District: Aura Dunn (R)
  • 25th District: Christian Barranco (R)
  • 26th District: Brian Bergen (R)
  • 30th District: Sean Kean (R)
  • 35th District: Shavonda Sumter (D)
  • 37th District: Shama Haider (D)
  • 37th District: Ellen Park (D)
  • 38th District: Lisa Swain (D)
  • 38th District: Christopher Tully (D)

Find the full list of HSLF-endorsed winners here.

Media Contact: Kate Sarna, 202-836-1265,


HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates candidates based only on a single criterion: where they stand on animal welfare. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HSLegFund.

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