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New Jersey Firefight Mutual Benevolent Association president Ed Donnelly, right, with Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Facebook.)

Firefighter unions back one of their own for State Senate

Five FMBA locals in Union County endorse Eddie Donnelly

By David Wildstein, February 15 2021 10:05 pm

Five firefighter unions in the 21st legislative district today endorsed Eddie Donnelly, the president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, for State Senate.

“Now more than ever, we need leaders who stand strong for public safety. In his 20 years as a firefighter, Ed Donnelly has shown his commitment to the people of Union County and to his fellow firefighters,” said local union presidents Ryan Dullea (Westfield Local 30), Lou Vecchia (Summit Local 54), Wes Ditzel (Cranford Local 37), Brian Ingraham (Cranford 237), and Tim Hydock (Springfield 57).  “He has the experience, knowledge, and relationships to get things done. We would be proud to have him serve as State Senator for our district.”

Donnelly faces Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello for the Democratic Senate nomination.  The winner will likely face Republican Jon Bramnick, the Assembly Minority Leader, in the race for the seat Tom Kean, Jr. is giving up.

“Firefighters are the people who run into burning buildings when everyone else is running out,” Ingraham said.  “The public depends on our determination, bravery and commitment to service. Eddie will bring these values to the New Jersey State Senate.”

Vecchia said that Donnelly helped Summit firefighters deal with shortages of personal protection equipment early in the coronavirus pandemic.

“He worked with the members of Congress, state legislators and the governor’s office to get us the gloves, masks and decon equipment we needed to do our job,” said Vecchia.

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