By Darryl R. Isherwood
The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed 100 candidates for election to the state legislature.
Among those endorsed were 33 Senate candidates and 67 Assembly candidates. This year 19 Republicans – seven in the Senate and 12 in the Assembly – got the nod from the trades council. The council did not endorse in seven Senate districts and five Assembly districts and only one candidate was endorsed in three Assembly races.
“Following an extensive screening process, and based on performance in office, our member unions have unanimously endorsed a strong and bipartisan roster of Legislative candidates who we believe have a keen understanding of labor’s needs and are willing to work with us to restore New Jersey’s economy and improve employment opportunities for our members,” said council President William Mullen.
Mullen said special emphasis this year will be placed on ensuring the re-election of the Legislature’s union members – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) in the upper chamber and Assemblymen John Amodeo (D-2), Troy Singleton (D-7), Wayne DeAngelo (D-14), Joseph Egan (D-17) and Thomas Giblin (D-34).
The trades unions are part of the traditional Democratic base, however, many of the unions associated with the council already have endorsed Gov. Chris Christie and more are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Attached is the full list of endorsements.