NJCUL's Government Affairs Department coordinates all legislative and political activities for New Jersey's credit unions by establishing effective credit union involvement and participation in the public policy process.
On behalf of all New Jersey credit unions, we monitor, develop, and advocate for (and against) legislation in Trenton and Washington, D.C. to enhance the operations of both state and federally chartered credit unions.
Additional responsibilities include establishing forums for credit unions and elected officials to effectively interact, managing Project Zip Code which matches credit union membership numbers with Congressional and state legislative districts, overseeing local activities of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) political action committee (PAC), the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), executing grassroots campaigns in support of the credit union movement's public policy objectives and enhancing the credit union community's knowledge of candidates and participation in elections throughout the state of New Jersey.
Government affairs is clearly and distinctly a priority at the NJCUL. To strengthen its government affairs efforts, the League has committed itself to building an even stronger credit union presence in the public policy arena. To that end, it is providing new opportunities for credit union leaders across the state to become more familiar with and educate their elected officials in Trenton and Washington, D.C. through such initiatives as the League's new Credit Union Political & Legislative Action Network (NJ Credit Union PLAN).
The department also offers League members with exclusive access to its government affairs online action center, a web-based service, providing the latest information on state and national issues and allowing members to voice opinions directly to their representatives as well as check the status of pending legislation with potential to impact credit union operations.
The League opened a satellite office in Trenton directly across from the State House and retained a highly-respected "State Street" lobbying firm. This has laid the foundation for an aggressive legislative agenda which includes gaining authority for credit unions to become eligible depositories for public entities such as county and municipal governments and school boards as well as modernizing the state charter, not to mention the numerous defensive efforts required to preserve the uniqueness of credit unions among financial services providers.
For more information about the League's government affairs activities, please contact Chris Abeel at 609-448-2426, ext. 127 (Hightstown), 609-393-3200 (Trenton) or firstname.lastname@example.org.