SEIU 32BJ, recognized as the largest property services union in the country, released endorsements throughout the state today that includes five Hudson County freeholders seeking re-election.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In Hudson, Freeholders Anthony Vainieri (D-8, the board chair), Bill O’Dea (D-2), Jerry Walker (D-3), Anthony Romano (D-5), and Fanny Cedeno (D-6) all received the labor support.
All of them are facing challengers in November except O’Dea: while Gabriella Ambroise had successfully submitted petitions of nomination to run against him, she withdrew her candidacy after moving outside of the 2nd district.
“As New Jersey residents, like all Americans, face unprecedented challenges to our health, our economic well-being and the very principles we choose to uphold to organize our society,” began SEIU 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey Director Kevin Brown in a statement.
“Our members are focused on candidates who have proven their commitment to safeguarding and improving the lives of working people in our state, including raising wages, ensuring meaningful healthcare coverage for low-wage workers, and centering and elevating Black, brown, and immigrant communities in our state.”
The union also backed U.S. Senator Cory Booker, as well as U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone (D-6) and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-12).
The New Jersey primary election is on July 7th and will be contested primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.