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Left to right: PFANJ 1st VP Anthony Tarantino, PFANJ President Steve McConlogue, Governor Phil Murphy, and PFANJ Treasurer Matt Caliente. (Photo: Facebook).

Firefighters union backs Murphy re-election

Second firefighters endorsement for Democratic governor

By David Wildstein, August 09 2021 12:21 pm

Citing his efforts to protect first responders from workplace illness and cancer and for funding pensions, the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey has endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy for a second term.

“Governor Murphy has a deep respect for labor, and over the past 3+ years as our Governor he has demonstrated that respect repeatedly,” said Steve McConlogue, the PFANJ president.  “From day one, the PFANJ has had a seat at the table with Governor Murphy and he has signed every bill we put on his desk, many of which provide significant benefits and safeguards for our members.”

The union represents over 3,000 active firefighters, dispatchers and EMS professionals.

This is Murphy’s second firefighter union endorsement.

In June, the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association announced their support for Murphy’s re-election.

“The PFANJ’s dedicated first responders are the heart of our communities and serve at the front lines every day keeping New Jersey safe,” Murphy said. “Our partnership over the last three-plus years has been driven by our shared values of fair wages, strong benefits, and dignified retirement for all. I’m grateful for this endorsement and look forward to building on our accomplishments together.”

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