In Jersey City mayoral race, New Jersey Carpenters Union goes with McGreevey


Former Gov. Jim McGreevey secured his second labor endorsement for the Jersey City mayoral contest, which is nearly two years away, earlier today in the form of the New Jersey Carpenters Union.

Photo courtesy of the Jim McGreevey for mayor campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“New Jersey carpenters are most-skilled, highly-trained and union-proud, and we stand together for those who stand up for working people,” Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer William Sproul said in a statement.

“We are enthusiastic to endorse Jim McGreevey for Jersey City mayor, because he has the proven track record of fighting for what’s right, and he will make sure economic fairness and opportunity are prioritized at City Hall. The needs of working people will never be forgotten when he is mayor.”

The endorsement came at a brief press event at Liberty State Park, just six days after McGreevey secured the backing of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) on the steps of City Hall.

He also already has the support of Hudson County Executive-elect Craig Guy ahead of the non-partisan November 4th, 2025 municipal elections.

“We are creating a movement to deliver the change Jersey City needs, and the addition of the carpenters to our coalition is another powerful example of our surging momentum,” McGreevey added.

“I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the working men and women of the New Jersey carpenters as we grow our campaign for an affordable Jersey City where all residents can achieve opportunity and prosperity.”

With Mayor Steven Fulop running for governor, the 2025 mayoral contest will be for an open seat and there are already three declared candidates.

Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2), who has the endorsement of Teamsters Local 560, and Council President Joyce Watterman, like McGreevey, have officially said they’re running.

Of course others are expected to enter the fray as well, with Ward E Councilman James Solomon and Hudson County Commissioner Jerry Walker (D-3) currently on the top of most politico’s watch lists.

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