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Mark Longo, director of the Engineer Labor-Employer Cooperative

Operating Engineers bash Richter

Longo says GOP congressional candidate ‘simply doesn’t care about the condition of the roads outside of the gates of his mansion’

By David Wildstein, April 17 2020 2:40 pm

One of the New Jersey’s most influential labor leaders today slammed Republican congressional candidate David Richter for his attack on the Operating Engineers Local 825 and a proposal to raise tolls to rebuild the state’s highway system.

“Sadly, Princeton’s David Richter has never read a history book about rebuilding the middle-class after a crisis or he simply doesn’t care about the condition of the roads outside of the gates of his mansion,” said Mark Longo, director of the Engineer Labor-Employer Cooperative 825 . “Mr. Richter must have missed President Trump’s conference on the importance of our highway trucking industry or that the General President of the Operating Engineers was asked to join the task force to re-open the economy this week.

Richter is battling Kate Gibbs, a Local 825 official and former Burlington County freeholder, for the chance to take on freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

“We suggest David should just stay in Princeton and leave the hard work of rebuilding America to the professionals like Kate Gibbs and the Operating Engineers,” Longo said.

Richter today smacked Gibbs and the Operating Engineers for supporting a proposed 36% increase of tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and 27% on the Garden State Parkway.

“There is no way that the Turnpike Authority should be considering toll hikes right now.  First, the public has not had a fair chance to have their voices heard on this issue.  Second, this is absolutely the wrong time to be increasing costs for New Jersey’s drivers,” Richter said.  “If she is going to run for public office, she needs to begin putting the interests of New Jerseyans ahead of those of her union bosses.”

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