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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Nurses union backs Murphy for second term

By David Wildstein, June 14 2021 4:30 pm

The New Jersey Nurses Economic Security Organization (JNESO) District 1 has endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy for re-election to a second term, giving the Democratic governor support from a union that represents over 5,000 nurses and health care workers.

“It’s a little more than fifteen months since New Jersey reported its first case of COVID-19, and in that time our members have faced life and death circumstances as we collectively navigated a once in a lifetime public health crisis,” said Elfrieda Johnson, the union president.  “It is because of Governor’s Murphy committed leadership that we had the resources, information, and support to fight on the front lines of this.”

Doug Placa, the executive director of the union, said that Murphy and his team “proactively reached out to JNESO to provide updates throughout each wave of this insidious virus, and took the time to hear directly from us about the obstacles we faced and the tools our members needed to save lives while protecting their own.”

“From securing PPE to ensuring that our members had priority access to the vaccine, Governor Murphy has had our back,” Placa said. ““We’ve seen criticism regarding where the Governor was born and how he eats a slice of pizza and I’ll just say this – our members went to work every single day wondering whether they would fall ill with COVID or bring it home to their families.”

The union is affiliated with the International Union of Operating Engineers.

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