The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association is supporting U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) for re-election, citing his commitment to public safety.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The FMBA is proud to support Congressman Payne’s re-election campaign in the upcoming Democratic primary,” NJFMBA President Eddie Donnelly said in a statement.
“Congressman Payne has always been a strong ally for first responders and for labor unions, working for years on legislation that enables emergency service personnel to purchase innovative technologies that keep our first responders and the public safe.”
In his first term as congressman, Payne was instrumental in passing legislation establishing the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
This created a dedicated and secure nationwide broadband network ensuring first responders and emergency personnel have access to service and can effectively communicate during times of crisis.
He has also authored the “First Responders Access to Innovative Technologies Act” that updates the federal grant process for purchasing new equipment and systems for first-responders.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the union representing so many of New Jersey’s bravest, and I thank FMBA President Eddie Donnelly and his team for their vote of confidence,” added Payne.
“As a member of the Homeland Security committee, I will continue to fight for our first responders in Washington and work towards securing funding for the necessary staffing, training and equipment for the men and women that work so hard to keep the public safe.”
Payne also secured the endorsement of the New Jersey Education Association last week ahead of a primary challenge from Imani Oakley.