Teamster Joint Council 73, a union PAC that has 3,600 members that live in Jersey City, are endorsing Mayor Steven Fulop and his city council slate.
“We are proud to endorse Mayor Fulop and his Slate in this upcoming Election,” Joint Council 73 President Alphonse Rispoli, Jr. said in a statement.
“Mayor Fulop has always answered our calls and has always supported Joint Council 73 and our affiliate locals. The Joint Council 73 Executive Board will be working with our International Brotherhood Teamsters Political Coordinators and our affiliate locals to GET OUT THE VOTE.”
The endorsement includes Teamsters Local Union 11 Teamsters Local Union 560, Teamsters Local Union 35, Teamsters Local Union 641, Teamsters Local Union 97, Teamsters Local Union 701, Teamsters Local Union 125, Teamsters Local Union 863, Teamsters Local Union 177, Teamsters Local Union 877, Teamsters Local Union 469, Teamsters Local Union 1100, Teamsters Local Union 522, NJ Teamster Retiree Club, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
This is the second prominent labor union to endorse Team Fulop, with the Hotel Trades Council throwing their support behind the slate last month.
Fulop is running for his third term alongside Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, as well as Council at-Large candidate Amy DeGise – the chair of the Hudson County Democratic Organization – and Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut the candidate in Ward E.
“Organized labor has always been the backbone of the Democratic Party and a good union job can be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and helping more Jersey City residents join the middle class,” Fulop added.
“I’ve always been committed to working with unions like Teamsters Joint Council 73 that are looking out for working families and I’m proud to receive their endorsement today and their support in this upcoming election.”
At the moment, Fulop still does not have a declared opponent, though contested races are already expected in Ward B, C, D, E, and F.
The Jersey City municipal elections are set for November 2nd.