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State Sen. Joe Cryan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Latino clergy backs Cryan for re-electioon

By David Wildstein, May 17 2021 12:23 pm

The New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastor and Ministers has endorsed State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) for re-election in the 20th legislative district.

The group, which says it represents a coalition of over 400 religious leaders with influence over a combined 10,000 congregants, is also backing Assembly Majority Conference Leader Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) and former Roselle Mayor Reginald Atkins for the two Assembly seats.

Atkins is also a minister.

“As clergy, we understand all too well the importance of compassionate leadership to address the diverse needs of all residents of our state, particularly the voiceless,” the organization said in an endorsement statement. “It is critical that our elected officials identify and understand the needs of those among us that are too often cast aside, and work to help bring true and positive change.”

They praises Cryan, Quijano and Atkins for a “commitment to the issues of education aid, sexual abuse, creating opportunities for our Immigrant community, social justice and racial equity in communities throughout the district and across the state.”

“We have seen, through the Coronavirus pandemic, just how devastating lack of leadership can be,” the coalition stated.  “They will lead this district with firm, unwavering leadership and work on behalf of all its citizens.”

Cryan faces a Democratic primary challenge from Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle).

 

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