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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Kim, Menendez get new labor endorsements

Machinists back Kim, while Teamsters endorse Menendez

By Joey Fox, October 18 2022 3:30 pm

Two Democrats running for Congress received endorsements from major unions today: Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) got the backing of the New Jersey State Council of Machinists, while the Teamsters Joint Council 73 endorsed Port Authority Commissioner Rob Menendez for the 8th district.

 “We proudly endorse Andy Kim for reelection because he has already stood side by side with us and working families across New Jersey to make sure we have the rights we deserve,” State Council of Machinists President Cristino Vilorio said in a statement. “He’s a champion for us and we look forward to continuing our work together to lift up our members and their families.”

“We are proud to endorse Rob Menendez for Congress,” Teamsters Joint Council 73 President Alphonse Rispoli Jr. said. “He has shown us that he stands for Teamsters, so we stand with him. We look forward to helping get Rob elected and building our relationship once he is elected.”

Kim faces Republican Bob Healey in what has emerged as one of New Jersey’s more competitive races, though Kim still retains the upper hand in the Democratic-leaning 3rd district. The congressman, who was first elected in 2018, previously got the Machinists’ backing in 2020.

Menendez, on the other hand, is all but assured a victory in the heavily Democratic 8th district. The son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the younger Menendez easily won the Democratic primary to succeed Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) and will likely soon join the state’s congressional delegation as its new youngest member.

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