Democrat Robert J. Menendez has received his first major union endorsement, winning the support of the Communications Workers of America for his bid for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district.
“We enthusiastically back these pro-union candidates to continue their mission. And we are excited to endorse a newcomer — in Rob Menendez — this important fight for our state, our nation and the values that matter to our members and their families,” said Fran Ehret, the CWA state director.
Menendez, an attorney and commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is seeking the open seat of Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). Sires announced in December that he will not seek re-election after nearly 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the week following Sires’ announcement, Menendez, the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, won the organization lines in Hudson and Union counties and endorsements from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and Senate President Nicholas Scutari.
Two Democrats are also seeking the open seat: Ricardo Rojas, who managed an unsuccessful primary campaign against Sires in the last election, and David Ocampo, who works for a start-up that helps schools and hospitals on environmental compliance issues.