Workgroup Looks To Tackle ‘Toxic’ Culture Against Women In NJ Politics

Steve Burns
January 25, 2020 - 5:49 pm
Loretta Weinberg

Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) – A group of about a dozen women in New Jersey say they’re ready to shine a light on decades of harassment and assault in state politics.

It’s called the Workgroup on Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misogyny in New Jersey Politics.

The group is led by the state’s highest ranking and longest serving female legislator, Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

“To try to develop strategies to help ameliorate the toxic culture for women in politics in New Jersey,” Weinberg said. “This is just a beginning to advocate for change.”

There are around a dozen women in the group—politicians, strategists and activists.

Longtime lobbyist Jeannine Larue said the men of Trenton should be nervous.

“This is a warning. If you are actively intimidating, harassing and assaulting women, we will find out who you are,” Larue said.

The group plans on holding public and private listening sessions around the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy has said he supports the group. He’s a controversial figure in the discussion after a former advisor, Julie Roginsky, told the Star-Ledger his campaign was the most toxic environment she’d seen in her 25 years of work.

Roginsky is a member of the workgroup.