Thank You

Dear Friends,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing the extraordinary journey of this campaign with me. Without your support, and the invaluable contributions you have made to this campaign, we would not have made the impact we did on NJ’s 26th legislative district, despite not getting the primary win.

The fact that our team of advisers, supporters, and volunteers include so many people who had never even heard my name before March, and yet rallied to our cause with such passion and dedication, is perhaps the most incredible aspect of this experience; it is why I will consider this campaign a success regardless of Tuesday’s outcome.

Collectively, you have given us donated space to use as a campaign headquarters in the district; hours of expert advice and guidance on everything from the fine points of campaigning to the intricacies of policy and issues; and key introductions and connections that have allowed us to establish important relationships.

You opened your beautiful homes to us to host meet and greets; you distributed our lawn signs throughout the district. You have volunteered your time at our phone banks and knocked on doors for our canvasses.You have donated your hard-earned money, without which none of this could have been possible.

You have been the driving force behind our crucial social media campaign, sharing our posts and videos, spreading our message far and wide, creating Twitter Storms. You have written letters to the editor on my behalf and invited me to your banquets, meetings, forums and symposiums. You have provided me with opportunities to speak and network and reach more voters who wanted to hear our message.

Every municipal Democratic committee in the 26th district warmly welcomed us and some gave us public endorsements. Because of your support and efforts, we have been the subject of positive news stories and media coverage.

Of all these successes, I must say that one of our biggest “wins” occurred on a rainy morning in May when we held our Dress for Success clothing drive in Parsippany. Despite the weather, this event collected dozens of clothing donations for disadvantaged women trying to re-enter the workforce and generated the first media attention to raise the profile of the campaign. Without the support of those who provided us with a location, with publicity and literally, with shelter from the storm, this event would not have been a success.

I understood the risk of running without the party endorsement.  I have no regrets.  I am, however, saddened by the blind trust the voting public puts into the choices made for them by the party leaders.  I am committed to continuing to educate the public on how our system works, and what people can do to be sure they are truly represented.

It has been my honor and privilege to have earned your support. I don’t know what will be next for me in the public service arena but for those of us who want to effect true change, our work has barely begun.

Best Wishes,


Your Victory!

Hello Friends,

We’re in the homestretch. In less than one week, we will have the chance to bring real change to the New Jersey State Legislature but we can’t do it without your help. We need you to get out and vote on June 6th. Not only do we need your vote, but we need you to mobilize your networks. Whether it be by telling your friends, talking to your neighbors, or reminding your family, we all must educate those around us about the historic opportunity we have to finally send a Democrat to represent our district after decades of having our voices ignored. We have come so far over these past few months but to truly bring back common sense and transparency to our state government, we need to get out the vote.


As the primary approaches, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and everyone one of you. It is a direct result of your effort and support that this campaign has continued to break ground and make great strides every week.

Throughout the campaign, I have had the privilege to meet
wonderful people who care about their state and work hard to be
engaged in the political process and have their voices heard on every level of government.

From the warm welcomes at every Democratic committee or club
in the district to the candidate’s forum put on by NJTogether New Jersey, it has been an honor to learn about the unique people of our district and the specific issues affecting them and their municipality.

Many long-standing and experienced political leaders have taken the time to mentor me and shorten my learning curve.  For this, I am both grateful and blown away by their generosity of time and spirit.

I have been honored to be in the rooms with the people who make things happen. Whether it be at the mayor’s breakfast in Caldwell, the Blue Wave NJ Gala or the South Asian Caucus Panel Discussion last night, I have had meaningful discussions with hard workers about how to effectively create positive change in New Jersey. I consider myself one
of the people who are part of the solution whether it’s been a family, community, business or leadership project and entering
the political arena is the next place for me to contribute.

The culminating moment of our hard work is less than a week away. Our campaign has energized the 26th district in ways many thought impossible. The grassroots activist community has come out in full force but to ensure that our voices are heard all the way down in Trenton every single one of us needs to get out the vote on June 6th.

In just a few days all of our hard work will be put to the test at the polls. Your $25 donation today can be the push we need to cross the finish line.

Volunteer With Our Campaign

Door-to-Door Canvass
Sunday, June 4, Kickoff at Noon
Contact us for more information

Essex County Phone Bank
Monday, June 5
7-9 pm
Private Address
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RSVP HERE or call 973-857-8180 for more information about these events, and visit for more information about me and my campaign.

New Jersey’s June 6th Democratic primary is days away. I hope I can count on you to join our campaign by volunteering your time or making a donation

Thank you,
Laura Fortgang

Join Fortgang for Assembly

Hello Friends,

With just one month to go before New Jersey’s June 6th primary, we are in the countdown for what will be an historic election in New Jersey. As my team and I meet with voters around the 26th District, we hear your frustration with the political gamesmanship that prevents us from solving our most urgent problems, and we hear how ready you all are for responsible, transparent, accountable leadership that will bring common sense solutions to the many challenges facing our state.

I am thrilled to share my new campaign video with you.

High taxes. Opioid addiction. Our environment. These are the issues you care about. I want to be your voice in Trenton. I want to represent you in the state assembly with the courage and creativity needed to lower our taxes, improve our infrastructure, guarantee affordable health care for all of us, and protect our state from the troubling maneuvers of the Trump administration. But, I cannot do it without you. It was because of you, and your support, that I was able to stand up to the party bosses and energize Democrats across this district with my underdog campaign for state assembly. We can’t stop now. If I am to win the June 6th primary and take on the Republican incumbents who have been failing all of us for so long, I need your support.


Our campaign has events planned for almost every day over the next two weeks. Please make some time to come out and meet me, or volunteer with our effort. We are celebrating the grand opening of our Morris County campaign headquarters in Butler Tuesday night, and I am especially proud to be supporting Dress for Success Morris County, an organization that provides disadvantaged women with the training and tools they need to enter the workforce and achieve economic independence. I will be collecting gently used women’s business attire for Dress for Success this Saturday, May 13, at the IHOP in Parsippany. Please consider stopping by to make a donation.

There are so many ways to get involved with our campaign:

Grand Opening, Morris County Campaign Headquarters
Tuesday, May 9, 7 pm.
32 Boonton Ave., Butler

Phone Bank
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 PM
Private Residence, Verona

RSVP HERE for more information.

Meet & Greet
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Woodland Hills Club House, 277 Robertson Way
Lincoln Park, NJ

Dress for Success Clothing Drive 
Saturday, May 13, 10 am-12 pm
Parsippany IHOP
792 Route 46 W
Parsippany, NJ

Morris Plains Democrats
Tuesday, May 16, 7 pm<
Morris Plains Community Center
51 Jim Fear Drive
Morris Plains, NJ

Please call 973-477-5309 for more information about these events, and visit for more information about me and my campaign.



New Jersey’s June 6th Democratic primary is fast approaching. I hope I can count on you to join our campaign by volunteering your time or making a donation

Thank you,
Laura Fortgang

IN THE NEWS: Verona resident announces run for state Assembly

Coverage of Laura Fortgang’s campaign announcement for New Jersey Assembly on

Laura Fortgang will make her first foray into politics and will have to win a June 9 primary before moving on to the November election for Assembly, when she would attempt to unseat Republican incumbents Betty Lou DeCroce and Jay Webber. Though Fortgang sides with Democratic views, she will run as off the line because the party opted for other candidates.


Letter from Laura


In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, I, like many of my friends, neighbors and colleagues, felt called to become more engaged in our political process, with the hope and intention of improving what has left our communities so bruised and divided. As a working mother, small business owner and community volunteer, I know that we all, no matter who we are, want the same things for our families, our children and our communities. This common ground is being lost, however, in our anger and frustration with elected officials who we feel are not representing our interests. This is nowhere more true than in New Jersey’s 26th legislative district, where State Sen. Joe Pennachio, Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, and Assemblyman Jay Webber are long-seated incumbents who have been allowed to operate without any sense of accountability to their constituents, amassing anti-family, anti-children, anti-woman, anti-education, anti-public health voting records that are an offense to the hard-working families of our district. This is why I have decided to declare my candidacy for state assembly in the 26th district. I believe that a common-sense approach to our problems will help us move past partisan ideology and reclaim the common ground we all share.

One of the most urgent issues facing New Jersey is the lack of accountability and transparency in our government, and a political system rigged to preserve the concentration of power for a select, anointed few, while suppressing the will of the people. My candidacy grew out of an effort to give a voice to the people of the 26th who are not being represented by the district’s current Republican leadership, but no sooner had I announced my candidacy than I was informed that the candidates from which voters would be allowed to choose during the primary in June had already been determined—not through any Democratic process, but by the unilateral and arbitrary decision of one individual. I was advised to step aside to preserve the status quo.

My name is Laura Fortgang. I am a 21-year resident of Verona, an internationally recognized career and life coach, a successful entrepreneur and mother of three. If I were to write my memoir, it would be titled “Motivated By No”. My mother said I’d never be a singer as I had wished to be. I went on to be a professional musical theater actor and part of the actor’s union. When I was a teen and I wanted to make money, I was told “no” when I tried to get a job as a waitress in a fancy restaurant. I was told to go work at Friendly’s and get experience. I didn’t take “no” for an answer then, and I got the job. When I started out in the personal coaching field, no one had ever heard of it and they predicted my failure. I’ve been in business for 25 years and helped grow the profession as a founding member and spokesperson for the credentialing body for the industry. When I was awarded my first book contract, I was told to hire a ghost writer since I was a first timer with no experience. I’ve gone on to write six successful books myself.

In step with that, I cannot take “no” for an answer now. I’m not going to step aside for political convenience or expediency when I could be standing up for all of us who want change, who want representation, who want their voices to be heard. I won’t take “no” for an answer at a time when the people of the 26th district need someone who will vote “yes” for them.

This is not the statement with which I had wanted to announce my candidacy, and it comes after much soul searching and sobering reflection upon the challenges my campaign will face moving forward. But, I believe the voters of the 26th district deserve better than the status quo. I believe that you should be able to vote for the candidate of your choice. I believe that the voters of the 26th district will share my outrage in finding out that their vote is being decided for them.

You can learn more about me and my campaign at I hope you will join our effort to bring better representation to the people of New Jersey.

Thank you for your support,

Laura Fortgang