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

CWA endorses Joe Cryan for re-election

Rosenstein support makes it hard for primary challengers to hit Cryan from the left

By David Wildstein, February 18 2021 9:21 am

State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) has been endorsed by the Communications Workers of America in his bid for re-election to a second term in the New Jersey State Senate.

“New Jersey needs more elected leaders like Joe Cryan,” said Hetty Rosenstein, the CWA NJ Area Director. “Joe Cryan listens carefully – basing his actions on science and facts.  He’s unbelievably hard working. He’ll take your call before 7 PM, and then follow up with an answer by 9 PM that night. Joe Cryan stands up for all working people, and CWA is excited and proud to stand with him.”

The endorsement of Rosenstein offers Cryan, a liberal Democrat, with what is effectively the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” from the éminence grise of New Jersey progressive politics and blocks any credible challenges from the left.

Cryan, a former Assembly Majority Leader and Democratic State Chairman, faces Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) and science teacher Jason Krychiw in the June 8 Democratic primary.  He represents the 20th legislative district.

“Whether it was during the fights over the past few years to protect our right to negotiate over things as fundamental as our members’ healthcare and collective bargaining, or whether it is putting workers’ safety first during this past year’s pandemic, Joe Cryan has consistently had our backs,” CWA Local 1037 President Ken McNamara.  “Cryan stands up for the hard-working people he represents. In fact, he stands up for all the working families here in New Jersey.”

CWA Local 1080 President Colleen Pierce said that residents of Elizabeth, Union, Roselle and Hillside “never have to wonder if Joe Cryan is working for your best interests.”

“Senator Cryan cares about people and always has us at the forefront of his mind,” Pierce said.

The CWA represents over 70,000 working families in New Jersey, including a large membership in Cryan’s district.

“I appreciate the support of the hard-working men and women of the CWA in this upcoming primary,” said Cryan. “Now more than ever we need to make sure that working families are able to earn a fair wage in a safe working environment. And I will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the CWA to make sure those goals are accomplished.”

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