Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Rivera backs Sires in 8th District congressional primary


Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera is backing U.S. Rep. Albio Sires in the 8th District congressional primary, stating that he “understands what our Jersey City community needs.”

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Albio Sires understands what our Jersey City community needs and he has worked hand in hand with us to deliver for our residents,” Rivera, first elected in 2013, said in a statement.

“During the COVID-19 crisis Jersey City has consistently been ahead of the curve in offering testing to those in need, supporting our residents in financial peril and helping our small businesses survive, but none of that could have happened without the millions of dollars in federal funding Congressman Sires delivered. Albio has always been there for us and we will be there for him in this election, because we need him in Washington advocating for Jersey City.”

In September, Sires and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) announced $10 million in federal funding for the Jersey City and North Hudson fire departments.

“Councilman Rivera is a true community leader who never stops working for Jersey City and I am grateful for this support,” said Sires.

“Jersey City is the most dynamic city in New Jersey and an economic engine for our entire region. As one of the city’s representatives in Washington, I will always do whatever I can to partner with outstanding local leaders like Councilman Rivera and Mayor Fulop and make sure they get what they need from the federal government to keep their city moving forward.”

Seeking a 9th term, Sires has the backing of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, along with Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and the rest of the state’s top elected leaders.

Hector Oseguera and Will Sheehan are challenging him in the July 7th primary, which will be mainly contested via vote-by-mail ballots.

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