The Hudson County Building Trades and Teamsters Joint Council 73 have both endorsed Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis ahead of next year’s May municipal elections.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are proud to endorse Mayor Davis and his slate in their upcoming election. Mayor Davis and HCBT have sat down and worked on building a solid foundation for the future,” HCBT President Pat Kelleher said in a statement.
“We are proud to endorse Mayor Davis and his council slate in their upcoming election and we are ready to work hard to make sure they get re-elected.”
The HCBT consists of 19 different trade unions throughout the county, including carpenters, laborers, pipe fitters, plumbers, and roofers, and provide apprenticeship programs and direct hire agreements.
“I’m thankful for the leadership of Pat Kelleher and the close working relationship we’ve built on shared values and goals. It means so much to me to have the confidence, endorsement, and support of the Hudson County Building Trades in my upcoming re-election,” added Davis.
“It means together we can continue the work we’ve begun – creating good jobs and meaningful economic opportunities that will secure a bright future for Bayonne for years to come.”
Additionally, Joint Council 73, which consists of 15 different groups throughout New Jersey, expressed confidence in supporting Davis get elected to a third term next year.
“ … Mayor Davis has opened his doors to the Teamsters and has supported us in times we needed him. We are looking to forward to continuing building the relationship with the City of Bayonne,” stated Joint Council 73 President Alphonse Rispoli, Jr.
“ … I thank the Joint Council 73 and its 50,000 plus members for instilling their trust and faith in my leadership. Bayonne continues to roll out exciting and new opportunities and we will ensure that the labor community has a seat at the table.”
While both unions expressed support for Davis’ council ticket, many are expecting his most likely challenger next year to be Council President Sharon Nadrowski, and in that scenario, retired Police Officer Lloyd Booker would be a top candidate to run for council-at-large with the mayor.
Nadrowski has not announced any plans for 2022 yet and Davis reports $132,285.09 cash on hand in his July 15th filing with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).