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Rep. Mikie Sherrill in Montclair on May 5, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Firefighters’ union endorses Sherrill for re-election

Union says having Sherrill in Congress is ‘essential’

By Joey Fox, May 13 2022 10:58 am

The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA), the state’s largest and most influential union for firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders, announced today that they’re backing Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in her bid for re-election.

“From day one, New Jersey’s career firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers have been able to count on Mikie to listen to their concerns and fight for them here in NJ and down in Washington,” NJ FMBA president Eddie Donnelly said in a statement. “Mikie time and again has delivered for the members of the NJ FMBA, from permanently funding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to securing direct state and local funding to protect our first responders and make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs.”

Sherrill, who was first elected in 2018 by flipping a seat long held by Republicans, has five declared Republican opponents this cycle, three of whom – Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, and U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson – are running serious campaigns.

But thanks in part to a congressional redistricting process that added several deep-blue towns to Sherrill’s 11th district, her prospects for re-election are looking solid even as Democrats nationwide are bracing for a bad midterm year. 

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