Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has endorsed State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) for re-election to a second term, praising his longtime role of advancing progressive values and his leadership role in combating sexual harassment in politics.
“Joe Cryan has been a colleague of mine in both the Assembly and the Senate, so I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand his dedication and commitment to the Democratic principles that form the bedrock of our Party,” said Weinberg. “Joe proved himself to be a champion for Democrats all over the state as the former chairman of the state Democratic Party and his long history in the legislature fighting for those he represents is a record of which he should be proud.”
Cryan faces challenges in the 20th legislative district Democratic Senate primary from Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) and science teacher Jason Krychiw.
“Joe has worked to provide fact-based scientific guidance to his constituents in the face of the devastating coronavirus pandemic while also pushing to safely and securely re-open our schools and small businesses to make sure our communities strive,” Weinberg said in what was an apparent reference to Holley’s opposition to the elimination of a religious exemption for student vaccinations.
During the last legislative session, Cryan helped Weinberg with her working group to develop solutions to harassment, sexual assault, and misogyny in New Jersey politics.
Cryan also picked up the endorsement of the entire Democratic establishment in Livingston.
“Senator Cryan does an outstanding job representing his constituents. He is always in the forefront for what he believes and is never afraid to express his opinion,” said Essex County Commissioner Patricia Sebold, the longtime Democratic municipal chair. “I am happy to endorse him for re-election as a Senator from Union County”.
Cryan also gained the backing of all five Democrat on the Livingston Township Council.
“As a mayor and councilman, I have certainly appreciated Senator Cryan’s emphasis on smart government,” said Mayor Shawn Klein. “But as a physician, his adherence to science and his understanding regarding the importance of vaccines for COVID makes his candidacy an imperative”.