Advocates > Contacting Your Elected Officials

The most effective thing you can do as a citizen is to "SPEAK UP". It is the job of any elected individual to represent the interests of their constituency as they make governing decisions. However, to do that, they must hear from us. Establishing an effective relationship with your elected official helps educate them and ensures that votes aren't cast without your input. Phone calls, letters, face-to-face meetings, the delivery of testimony and personal notes are all effective ways to reach out to elected officials and decision makers.

To find your district's NJ State legislators, click here.

To contact your U.S. State Senator, click here.

To contact your U.S. congressperson, click here.


Here are some hints to get you started:

Do your Homework

Phone Calls

Public Testimony

Written Correspondence

Personal Visits

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

There are many helpful resources on the web make it easy to identify and communicate with your elected official. Check out these Web sites for more information:

www.njleg.state.nj.us - The official Web site of the NJ Legislature will allow you find your legislator, research his or her voting history, research bills and statues, view calendars of upcoming events in the legislature, get public hearing transcripts, identify committee groups, watch live proceedings through a webcast, and listen to archived proceedings on file.

www.votesmart.org - As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and interest group ratings. A great resource to learn about those seeking office as well as those already serving.

www.congress.org - Visitors can use the site's ZIP code search engine to sort through pages of biographical information on national and local elected officials or candidates for office. Similar functionality is available for locating local media, bills and legislation, rules and regulations open for public comment, and much more.

CCANJ partners with a variety of advocacy groups in New Jersey and nationwide. The following agencies offer valuable advocacy information regarding current public policy in the area of early care and education: