It’s been a lot of hard work.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to come in and make calls. Thank you for handing out signs, knocking on doors, and telling everyone you know about this campaign. Thank you for holding fundraisers and believing in grassroots change.
Thank you for standing with me for the past 10 months.
This night didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we should still take pride in what we did. We gave a voice to a different New Jersey – a New Jersey where 400,000 people are unemployed, where students struggle with debt and poor job prospects, where gun violence plagues neighborhoods, where women and LGBT New Jerseyans are treated like second-class citizens.
We fought for students like the ones in Trenton Central High School, who deserve better than a school with moldy walls and dilapidated floors.
We fought for DREAMers like Gonzalo and Rodrigo who want to affordable tuition so they finish their degrees and become translators.
We fought for Rich and David, who finally got to get married in New Jersey.
We fought for Chrissy and Paul, Lee Ann and John, Joyce, Andrea and all the families still displaced a year after Hurricane Sandy.
This election was about the people of New Jersey, and I am so proud that their voices were heard.
Too often political bosses compromise values and undermine campaigns, but we never allowed that to happen. We stood true to the people of New Jersey. The political bosses didn’t believe in me, but I took them on with your help. Thank you.
It’s been an honor to be the first woman to represent the Democratic Party as New Jersey’s candidate for Governor. My running mate Milly Silva and I made up the third-ever all-female ticket in American history. We made history as women, and I hope this campaign opens a door for young ladies interested in politics who want to make New Jersey a better state.
I am so proud and honored to have had so much support in this race. I will continue to fight for working families, students, women, the LGBT community, and all those who have been ignored for far too long in New Jersey.
And together, we will continue to strive for a stronger New Jersey.