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Assemblyman Dan Benson. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Transit workers union backs Benson in county executive primary

ATU is fourth union to back assemblyman over incumbent Hughes

By Joey Fox, January 23 2023 2:12 pm

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) New Jersey State Council, a union representing more than 8,000 NJ Transit employees and other transportation workers, today announced its endorsement of Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) for Mercer County Executive. 

“Dan Benson will be a great county executive,” ATU New Jersey State Council chairman Orlando Riley said in a statement. “We will miss him in the State Assembly, but we know that he will be a tremendous leader for Mercer County. He has more than earned the support of our members as well as all working families throughout the county.”

Benson is challenging five-term incumbent County Executive Brian Hughes in the Democratic primary, which will probably determine the eventual winner in the deep-blue county. Both candidates have pledged to continue their campaigns even if they don’t win the organization line, meaning the race will likely go all the way to a competitive June election.

Both Hughes and Benson have already lined up substantial lists of supporters, including from labor; Hughes has the backing of nine building trades unions, while Benson has the Communications Workers of America, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9 in his corner.

“As we all know, Trenton Makes – The World Takes,” Riley said. “Dan Benson will take all of his experience in the State House and give back to the residents of Mercer County.”

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