Civil rights lawyer Tim Alexander today received the endorsement of the Communication Workers of America, a politically progressive union with an influential role in New Jersey politics, in his campaign against Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).
“As a former union member, Tim Alexander will fight for CWA’s values,” CWA District 1 vice president Dennis Trainor said in a statement. “Down in D.C., he’ll support economic policies that build America’s middle-class. Tim will join us in the fight for good jobs, affordable healthcare and respect. He’ll say no to tax breaks for union-busters and yes to the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Act.”
The CWA previously endorsed a bevy of Democratic incumbents back in February, including potentially vulnerable Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). 8th district Democratic nominee Rob Menendez, essentially a congressman-elect in his deep blue district, also got the CWA’s endorsement that month.
Missing from the list, however, was Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), the most moderate Democrat in New Jersey’s congressional delegation. Matt Jenkins, a Democrat running in the solid-red 4th district, has not gotten the union’s backing either.
At the time of those initial endorsements, Alexander still faced several primary opponents in his 2nd district campaign, but it’s not clear why the union waited so long after Alexander’s June primary victory to endorse him. The 2nd district grew slightly more Republican on the state’s new congressional map, and the underfunded Alexander is seen as a significant underdog against Van Drew.