Healy lands education, labor endorsements
By Max Pizarro | December 4th, 2012 - 12:32pm
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Today, the Jersey City Education Association (JCEA) and AFSCME Local 2262 both endorsed Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy for re-election.

“Mayor Healy always does what’s best for Jersey City – for our children, for our teachers and for our families,” said Ron Greco, JCEA President. “He’s always had Jersey City’s back, and we’re proud to have his back against an opponent who seems to care less about Jersey City’s children and more about what’s best for his own political gain.”

“Everything I do as Mayor is motivated by what’s best for Jersey City and the future of all the families who live here,” said Healy. “Nothing is more important than looking out for Jersey City’s children, and I’m honored to have the support of the teachers and educators of this city I love.”

“Mayor Healy is a man of his word who understands Jersey City’s working families,” said Bill Murawski, President of AFSCME Local 2262. “On the other hand, his opponent seems more interested in padding his political resume and raising money from those looking to make a buck off his connections in Jersey City, ”

The JCEA represents 4,000 members and consists of teachers, clerical staff, paraprofessionals and non-certified supervisors and administrators. They were joined in this endorsement by AFSCME Local 2262 – which represents 627 additional custodial workers, bus drivers, security and maintenance staff at Jersey City’s schools.

Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop issued a response to the endorsements.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for the teachers and staff in our schools," Fulop said. "While this endorsement is similar to the endorsement supporting Healy’s team in the last Board of Education election that we ended up winning, we still look forward to working with the unions representing our teachers and staff."

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