The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association endorsed State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union) for another term in the legislature’s upper chamber Monday.
“Senator Cryan has been a tremendous partner in all of our efforts to work with communities throughout the 20th district and across the state to keep people safe and protected during this horrific pandemic,” NJSPBA Preisdent Pat Colligan said. “It is our policy to refrain from endorsing candidates involved in a Primary, but Joe’s leadership during this health crisis in adhering to the science and working to supply critical personal protective equipment and vaccination shots for the community caused us to take this drastic step.”
Cryan, a former Essex County Sheriff who is now an undersheriff in Union County, faces primary challenges from Assemblyman Jamel Holley and science teacher Jason Krychiw in the heavily Democratic 20th district.
The Senator has the Union County line, and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) is seeking re-election on his ticket.
“I’ve witnessed first-hand the heroic efforts put forth on a daily basis by the men and women of law enforcement as they’ve battled on the frontlines to keep our residents safe during this health crisis,” Cryan said. “Pat and his members immediately prioritized the well-being of district families even as they worked to make sure health and safety protocols were strictly followed.”