Candidate Statements

Democrat Laura Fortgang Seeks State Assembly Seat in New Jersey’s 26th District

Laura introduces herself and explains why she chose to run for NJ State Assembly in the 26th District.

Laura Fortgang, a 21-year resident of Verona and internationally recognized career counselor and coach, is seeking election to the State Assembly in New Jersey’s 26th legislative District. Fortgang, a Democrat, said she wants to see New Jersey begin moving forward, and reverse the backward course the state has been following during the Christie administration.

“The New Jersey legislature is the last line of defense that protects the rights and interests of our citizens against the changes happening in Washington,” Fortgang said. “As potentially devastating cuts in federal funding for education, health care, women’s health, and other areas threaten the stability of our communities, I want to be a voice for the common-sense approaches that unite all New Jerseyans on common ground. We need solutions that work for all people, not just some.”

Fortgang, a professional career and executive coach, and owner of her own firm, InterCoach, Inc., has spent the past twenty-five years counseling professionals about the challenges they face in their businesses and their personal lives and guides them through the process of identifying and implementing the solutions that will result in success. Her campaign logo is “Common Sense, Common Ground,” an acknowledgment, she said, of the way politicians inflame divisions among voters to advance their own agendas while ignoring the common values and goals that the residents of the 26th share.

Sign Up for E-News

“We all want the same things,” Fortgang said. “We all want safe neighborhoods, good schools, and affordable health care. We all want security for our seniors, opportunity for our children, and prosperity for our families. These are not partisan issues,” she said.

Fortgang is the mother of three children, twins who attend Verona High School, and a son at Rutgers University. She and her husband, Mark Fortgang, are both self-employed, and count themselves among the small business owners that account for 51 percent of New Jersey’s private workforce. She said she has a deep understanding of the challenges small business owners face, especially on the issue of health care. At public appearances, Fortgang tells the story of her four-year, four-state odyssey to find the correct diagnosis and treatment for one of their three children, who suffers from a rare medical condition.

“Our insurance does not cover his treatment, and at certain times, the cost of his prescriptions have exceeded the cost of our monthly premiums,” she said.

This experience has also made Fortgang a passionate supporter of medical marijuana.

“Struggling to stay afloat while medical bills pile up. Advocating on behalf of a special needs child. Balancing career with family. As a working mother who runs her own business and an active community volunteer, I know that I share these challenges with my neighbors,” Fortgang said. “I want to hear the stories of the hard-working families in New Jersey’s 26th district and represent their best interests in Trenton. I want to cast votes that make sense for the people of New Jersey,” she said.  

Laura Fortgang, 54, grew up in New Providence, N.J., and earned a degree in communications from Boston University. After a successful career in the performing arts, Fortgang became a certified life coach through Coach University, the first training school of its kind in the world, and a founding member of the industry’s credentialing organization. Through her own firm, InterCoach, Inc., she works with C-suite executives and business owners alike to strategize career and life direction. A professional public speaker, Laura is a frequent guest on network and cable news and has appeared on Oprah, CBS’ Early Show, Today on NBC, Good Morning America, CNBC, and CNN. Laura’s five best-selling books have been published in 13 languages, and she is well known as a longtime contributing editor to Redbook Magazine and a blogger for Huffington Post.



The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Parsippany septuagenarian becomes NJIT's oldest engineering grad

May 23, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - It was about five minutes after Robert Dresnack’s Water Resources Engineering class had begun when a septuagenarian poked his head into the room at NJIT. Puzzled, the professor inquired, “May I help you?”

In fact, he could. “I’m a student in this class,” replied Chris Antholis, then 72, who was six years into his quest to earn a Bachelor of ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

May 21, 2018

May 14, 2018 – May 20, 2018

On May 14, 2018 at 5:57 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle without a front license plate and tinted windows. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 36 year old male driver from Paterson for driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On May 15, 2018 at 8:31 a.m., Ptl.

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Cedar Grove Junior Football and Cheer Registration Now Open

May 23, 2018





Registration is Now Open!


By registering your child today, you will save $20 per child and a sibling discount of $45!




The Cedar Grove Junior Football and Cheer Program creates ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...