A group of five major New Jersey labor leaders have endorsed Assembly Majority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) for re-election and have encouraged Hudson County Democrats to endorse him for re-election in the June primary.
The five—SEIU 32BJ state director Kevin Brown, NJ CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein and her successor, Fran Ehret, Health Professionals and Allied Employees president Debbie White and state director Chris Whelan – called Chiaravalloti “an effective and skilled negotiator working across the aisle to build a stronger, healthier, and fairer New Jersey for all.”
“Together our unions represent almost 100,000 working people here in the State of New Jersey. In Hudson County, we represent thousands of constituents,” the labor leaders said in a letter to Democratic County Chair Amy DeGise. “Our union members are hardworking New Jerseyans who come from every walk of life – they are young and old; Black, white, and Brown; they are gay and straight; they are immigrant and US born. They are the backbone of this community and their voices matter.
The endorsement follows Chiaravalloti’s announcement today that he was filing to run in the Democratic primary despite a decision by party leaders to abide by Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis’ preference that another candidate get the organization line.
“Chiaravalloti has also broadly championed progressive legislation to further racial, economic, gender, education and immigrant justice in our state,” the five union officials said. “Some of his key victories include a bill to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, expansion of driver’s licenses to all regardless of immigration status, and several bills to protect disabled individuals and students.”
Brown, Rosenstein, Ehret, White and Whelan praised Chiaravalloti’s role in a legislation that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and permit driver’s licenses to all state residents regardless of immigration status.
“Most importantly for us and our members, the Assemblyman has been a champion of labor and pro-worker legislation in the State House,” they said. “He was a Prime Sponsor or played a key role on several pieces of historic labor policy including, but not limited to: raising the state minimum wage to $15/hour; expanding Paid Leave; and several bills to expand worker’s access to higher wages, benefits, and safe workplaces.”