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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura at the Essex County 9-11 Memorial ceremony in West Orange on September 11, 2018. (Photo: New Jersey Globe.)

Newark police union backs Fontoura for another term as Essex Sheriff

By David Wildstein, May 28 2021 9:10 pm

The Newark Police Superior Officers’ Association has endorsed Armando Fontoura for re-election to an 11th term as Essex County Sheriff.

The union president, John J. Chrystal, called Fontoura a “knowledgeable, experienced, and a trustworthy professional who has served the public with integrity and dedication for over the past 40 plus years.”

Fontoura faces former Deputy Newark Police Director John Arnold and Barry Jackson in the June 8 Democratic primary.

He has run against Arnold once before.  In 2012, Fontoura beat him by 25,835 votes, 62%-19%, in a four-candidate primary.

Gov. Phil Murphy, former Gov. Richard Codey and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) have endorsed Fontoura for re-election.

The New Jersey State PBA has endorsed Arnold.

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