NJ AFL-CIO votes to back Booker for U.S. Senate, Lagana in LD38
By Max Pizarro | August 15th, 2013 - 4:18pm
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Now that the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate has ended, the labor endorsements are piling up for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the party nominee for the vacant seat.

Today, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse Newark Mayor Cory Booker for U.S. Senate and Paramus Council President Joseph Lagana for Assembly in District 38.

“Mayor Cory Booker offers a fresh progressive vision for building consensus in Washington while maintaining a staunch commitment to fighting for the core values of our middle class,” said State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Mayor Booker has built a record as a champion for the Newark community, taking on poverty and crime as well as fighting to foster economic growth and provide good jobs and opportunity to working families. The vision Mayor Booker will bring to the U.S. Senate will be one of compromise, compassion, and fighting for the common good.”

Lagana is running for the seat Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38) will vacate on retirement at the end of the year. 

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, also voted this week to back Booker for U.S. Senate. 

“It is crucial that our next U.S. Senator from New Jersey be someone who will proudly represent New Jersey’s working men and women and our diverse communities, and who will bring progressive ideas to Congress, and that person is Cory Booker,” said Rahaman Muhammad, Council President, and President of Newark-based Local 617, who has long been a local critic of the Newark mayor's.  “We congratulate him on his primary win, and we look forward to his victory in October and his leadership in the U.S. Senate for many years to come.”     

“We are excited about Cory Booker’s vision for New Jersey and we are confident he will work to ensure the voices of our working families are heard all the way to Washington, D.C.” said Tim Foley, Council Secretary-Treasurer, and Political Director of CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents).

“We know that Cory Booker will tackle the federal issues that impact our workers and their families, and that he will hit the ground running as a U.S. senator, and we are very pleased to support his election efforts,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council Trustee, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.

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