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House incumbents pick up new endorsements ahead of primary

By Nikita Biryukov, July 02 2020 11:05 am

New Jersey’s House incumbents landed some new endorsements Thursday.

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) New Jersey Council 63 and the Hudson County Building & Construction Trades Council.

“Congressman Sires is an advocate for public employees and the services that AFSCME members provide to the people of New Jersey.  His recent vote in favor of the HEROES Act demonstrates his commitment to protecting the public services that the people of New Jersey and the entire country rely on,” AFSCME NJ Council 63 executive director Steven Tully said. “Congressman Sires has stood with AFSCME New Jersey members and we are proud to stand with him.”

Hector Oseguera is mounting a primary challenge to Sires from the left.

The union also endorsed Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), who faces a primary challenge from perennial candidate Lisa McCormick.

“Congresswoman Watson Coleman is an advocate for public employees and the services that AFSCME members provide to the people of New Jersey.  Her recent vote in favor of the HEROES Act demonstrates her commitment to protecting the public services that the people of New Jersey and the entire country rely on,” Tully said. “Congresswoman Watson Coleman has stood with AFSCME New Jersey members and we are proud to stand with her.”

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).

Gottheimer faces a primary challenge from Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich.

“During his time in Congress, Representative Josh Gottheimer has made combating the climate crisis and protecting the environment, especially clean water, top priorities,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of government affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “As a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, he has worked to reach bipartisan agreement on these critical issues. He introduced his Five-Point Green Action plan to ensure concrete steps are being taken to mitigate the effects of climate change. We are proud to support him for reelection.”

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