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Gov. Phil Murphy with members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America in 2019. Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Montclair) is standing behind Murphy. (Photo: Facebook)

Laborers endorse Murphy re-election

Pocino calls governor ‘a stalwart ally of organized labor’

By David Wildstein, June 10 2021 3:04 pm

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) has endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy for a second term.

The politically potent union of 25,000 members comes with genuine clout in New Jersey politics, offering boots on the ground to turn out voters, often backed up with significant financial resources.

“From his commitment to transportation infrastructure investment, to his strong support of apprenticeship programs, to designating construction workers essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy has been a stalwart ally of organized labor and Laborers in particular,” said Raymond M. Pocino, LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager. “For these reasons and more, we are proud to endorse Governor Murphy in his re-election bid.”

LIUNA is never a sure thing for Democrats: the union backed Gov. Chris Christie when he ran for re-election eight years ago, but was for Murphy in 2017 when he ran against then-Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

The union cited Murphy’s efforts to close New Jersey’s business tax incentive loopholes to guarantee that construction workers are paid prevailing wages, and his advocacy of projects like the gateway tunnel and the Portal North bridge.

“Through our historic investments in infrastructure and the clean energy economy, we’re keeping the union doors wide open for thousands of Laborers and working families to walk into the middle class,” Murphy said.  “Together, we’re ensuring our union brothers and sisters are a part of solving challenges today and building a stronger future for tomorrow.”

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