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Montclair State University professor Brigid Callahan Harrison is considering running against Jeff Van Drew.
Montclair State University professor Brigid Callahan Harrison is running against Jeff Van Drew.

South Jersey construction trades council backs Harrison

House candidate nabs another endorsement

By Nikita Biryukov, February 06 2020 3:58 pm

The South Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Brigid Harrison’s House bid Wednesday.

“The 2020 race of New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district is very important to our association and the election of Brigid Harrison will ensure that our members will be well represented in Congress,” SJBTC President Scott Sheridan said. “Brigid has a clear understanding of the pressing issues faced by organized labor and specifically the building trades throughout the country and our state. As a sister in organized labor, Brigid will work passionately to promote the values of working men and women in our communities.”

Harrison is seeking the Democratic nod to take on Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who defected to the Republican party in December after losing support among rank-and-file Democrats over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The political science professor is one of six Democrats seeking the nomination. Her foremost opponents are former teacher Amy Kennedy and Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett.

She also faces West Cape May Commissioner John Francis, former Cory Booker staffer Will Cunningham and retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage, who ran for the seat as a Republican in 2018.

Harrison already has endorsements from six of the district’s eight Democratic county chairs.

“Brigid is a lifelong member of our community and a longtime union member, and we are confident that, as congresswoman, Brigid will work to protect the right to collectively bargain, support Davis Bacon legislation, enforce laws to make job sites safer, deliver support for apprenticeship and journey-level training and fight for improved wages, hours and working conditions,” Sheridan said. “We are proud to endorse our union sister, Brigid Callahan Harrison, for Congress to represent New Jersey’s second congressional district.”

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