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State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union). (Photo: New Jersey Globe.)

Cryan gets key endorsements in Holley’s hometown

Roselle mayor, four councilmembers endorse Cryan for Senate

By David Wildstein, March 08 2021 8:48 am

Democratic officials from Jamel Holley’s hometown of Roselle have endorsed State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union) for re-election.

The Democrats – Mayor Donald Shaw, Council President Denise Wilkerson, Councilmen Brandon Bernier and John Fortuna, and Councilwoman Cindy Thomas – are for Cryan, Assemblywoman Anette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) and Assembly candidate Rev. Reginald Atkins.

“Senator Cryan and Assemblywoman Quijano have proven themselves to be dedicated public servants who continuously put the needs of their constituents first and, with the addition of our friend Reverend Atkins, their team has only gotten stronger,” the five local officials said in a statement on Monday.

Holley, a former Roselle mayor, is giving up his State Assembly seat to challenge Cryan in the June 8 Democratic State Senate primary.

Roselle made up 17% of the total votes cast in the 2021 Democratic primary election.  In total., 38% come from Elizabeth, 29% from Union, and 16% from Hillside.

Atkins, the Roselle Democratic municipal chairman, is a former mayor and councilman.

“We are confident that the three of them will work every day to prioritize the strict adherence to science required to make sure we can move forward with safely and securely reopening our schools and our small businesses and we know they will work to bring critical resources from Trenton for our community,” Shaw and the councilmembers said.  “This is a team that will fight for us.”

Cryan has won the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy, Union County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Scutari, the members of Congress representing Union County, and all Democratic municipal chairs.

That leaves just two members of the Borough Council who have not yet publicly taken sides in the Cryan vs. Holley contest.

Holley was first elected councilman in Roselle in 2004, at age 25, and was elected mayor in 2011. He went to the Assembly in 2015 when Cryan left office to become Union County Sheriff.

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