Union Steel Workers Union Local 4-406, a Bayonne-based labor union, have endorsed ex-Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell for mayor, citing his commitment to halting long-term tax breaks for “rich developers.”
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are proud to endorse Jason O’Donnell to be the next mayor of Bayonne. We intend to stand with Jason in his campaign and fight every day to make sure he is successful in May because his success will mean great things for our members and other hard-working families throughout our city,” USW 4-406 President Cary Krand and Vice President Tyrone Johnson said in a joint statement.
“We have known Jason for a long time and he has always been a friend but, more importantly, he has always been a man of his word. We also know that, unlike other politicians, Jason O’Donnell’s beliefs don’t change depending on what room he is in or what a poll says.”
The labor leaders added that O’Donnell is focused on creating jobs for local laborers “and and stopping the tax deals being cut for all of the rich developers running around town that we all end up paying for.”
O’Donnell, who has already received the support of The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), doubled down on his position of curbing major development in the Peninsula City.
“Mayor Davis and his Council have spent four years laying the burden of their very questionable decisions and huge tax breaks for their friends and rich out of town developers at the foot of every Bayonne resident,” said O’Donnell.
“That is simply not acceptable. I was born and raised in these streets and I know what our city can look like when we prioritize creating jobs for residents over handing out multi-million dollar PILOTs at the expense of taxpayers.”
Meanwhile, O’Donnell has already unveiled three candidates that will be running for council on his slate.