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State Sen. Joe Cryan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

NJEA backs Cryan in 20th district Senate primary

By David Wildstein, March 11 2021 10:34 am

The New Jersey Education Association PAC has endorsed State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) for re-election to a second term in the 20th district.

“Senator Cryan has been an advocate for working people, including NJEA members, in his district and across the state,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan.  “He understands that great public schools are the foundation of a strong state, and he supports the proud professionals who make our public schools the best in the nation.”

The state’s largest public employee union cited Cryan’s early supporter of relief from a state law that levied unsustainable costs for health care for public school teachers, and sponsored a bill to change the law.

Blistan called Cryan “a leading advocate for legislation to make health care more affordable for school employees and boards of education, something that has benefitted everyone in New Jersey.”

“He is willing to listen to what educators say and to work with us to strengthen our profession and our schools,” Blistan said.  “The families living in LD20 deserve to be represented by an advocate like Senator Cryan.”

The Communications Workers of America and the Laborers’ union have already endorsed Cryan, along with Gov. Phil Murphy and four Democratic Members of Congress, leaving little area for his primary opponents, Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) and teacher Jason Krychiw, to find a path to the Democratic nomination.

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