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State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Cranford). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Cryan racks up union endorsements for re-election bid

AFSCME, Hospital & Healthcare Employees unions back freshman senator for re-election

By David Wildstein, May 03 2021 10:35 am

State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) continues to run the table on labor endorsements, picking up the backing of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 63 and the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees District 1199 on Monday.

“Joseph Cryan understands the value of the services AFSCME members provide for the people of the 20th district every single day,” said AFSCME New Jersey Executive Director Steve Tully and District 1199J President Susan Cleary in a joint statement. “He respects public employees and health care workers and has pledged to support our members to ensure that their rights will continue to be protected during his tenure in office.”

Cryan has won endorsements from the Communications Workers of America, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, New Jersey Education Association, Laborers’ International Union of North America, the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, New jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Kean Federation of Teachers Executive Council unions.

“In these trying times, it is more important than ever that we band together to ensure that public operations run smoothly and reliably,” Cryan said.  “It means a great deal to have the support of union workers, and we must protect their rights during this time of uncertainty.

Cryan faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle).  A third candidate, Jason Krychiw, dropped out of the race after admitted resume fabrications, but his name remains on the ballot.

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