New Jersey’s police union is backing Rep. Tom MacArthur over his Democratic challenger, Andy Kim.
“Tom is a leader on issues that matter to us and our families. As co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force he is in constant communication with local law enforcement officers, rolling up his sleeves to help get us the resources we need,” said state PBA president Patrick Colligan. “Tom brought people together and pushed for stronger background checks and improved law enforcement resources to make our communities safer. Tom MacArthur cuts through dysfunction to get things done in Washington and we are proud to stand with him.”
The endorsement comes at a somewhat dire moment for MacArthur. Earlier Wednesday, the Cook Political Report changed its rating for the race from leans-Republican to tossup following a Monmouth University poll that showed MacArthur and Kim in a dead heat.
The poll found MacArthur led by just one point, 41% to 40%, with 15% of voters undecided.
Should the union’s rank and file members choose to back the candidate chosen by its leadership, the endorsement could prove a massive boon for MacArthur.
There’s nothing to indicate they won’t, as the union touted MacArthur’s voting record on police issues.