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State Sen. Joseph Vitale. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

CWA backs Vitale for re-election

By David Wildstein, May 12 2023 9:38 am

State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge), who faces a minor primary opponent in the June 6 Democratic primary, has been endorsed by the Communications Workers of America, a powerful public employees union that represents over 70,000 New Jersey families.

“Joe Vitale always stands up for the health and well-being of not only our members but all New Jerseyans,” said CWA New Jersey State Director Fran Ehret.   “So, of course, we are incredibly proud to stand with Joe Vitale for re-election.  His knowledge of the issues and compassion for working families is unparalleled.”

Vitale was first elected to the Senate in 1997 after James E. McGreevey gave up his seat to run for governor.  He’s been re-elected seven times – never falling below 60% — and chairs the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

The CWA District 1 vice president, Dennis Trainor, said that Vitale “has a proven track record of being on the side of union members and working families.”

“Joe Vitale works hard to improve people’s lives all across the state,” Trainor stated.  “And he consistently fights for respect, dignity, and fairness in the workplace.”

He faces Michelle Burwell, a realtor and political newcomer, in the primary.  Republican Maria Garcia is running unopposed.

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