A gargantuan number of Democrats from Union County and across the state today endorsed State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) for re-election, including Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman/Union County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Scutari.
Cryan faces a Democratic primary challenge in his bid for re-election to a second term from Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) and progressive activist Jason Krychiw.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, Union Mayor Michele Delisfort and Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese endorsed Cryan, along with three congressmen who represent parts of Union County: Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Donald Payne (D-Newark) and Albio Sires (D-West New York).
Cryan also has the endorsements of Elizabeth Democratic Municipal Chairman Tony Teixeira, Roselle Democratic Municipal Chairman and former Mayor Rev. Reginald Atkins, and Hillside Democratic Municipal Chairman Anthony Salters.
He also added most of the district’s local officeholders: Elizabeth city councilmembers Frank Cuesta, Manny Grova, Jr., Carlos Torres, Nelson Gonzalez, Kevin Kiniery, William Gallman, Jr., Elizabeth and Frank O. Mazza; Hillside councilmembers Gerald Pateesh Freedman, George Cook III, Craig Epps, Hillside At-Large Nancy Mondella, Christopher Mobley, and Donald DeAugustine; and Union Township Committee members Joseph Florio, Suzette Cavadas, Manuel Figueredo and Clifton People, Jr.
Also backing Cryan: Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones; Democratic State Chairman John Currie; Senate Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge); and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.
“The challenges our state is in the midst of confronting require experience and leadership and Joe Cryan has both of those qualities in reserve. The global pandemic has had a profound impact on so many lives and its effects will be felt both personally and financially by families and businesses for years to come,” Cryan’s supporters said in a joint statement. “Senator Cryan has shown the willingness and the capability to help stimulate the economy while also prioritizing the facts and science that will prove critical in helping to keep people safe in the coming months.”
Cryan said that he was “looking forward to the opportunity to earn another term and continue working for the 20th legislative district.“
“Over these last four years I’ve fought hard to prioritize our kid’s education and make sure hard-working families in our district have someone fighting for them in Trenton,” Cryan said. “In the face of this historic global pandemic it is critically important that we allow ourselves to be guided by fact and science so that we can safely and securely reopen our schools and small businesses and make sure our children, our families and our economy can grow and strive.”