Democrat Murphy picks up major union endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy picked up another major union endorsement from the Communications Workers of America.

Murphy, who was previously endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association, now enjoys the support of two of the largest unions that represent public employees in the state.

The CWA represents more than 40,000 state workers, 15,000 county and municipal workers, along with some private sector workers.

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Phil Murphy with members of the Communications Workers of America, which endorsed him for governor.

“Phil Murphy is committed to making our state’s political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of middle-class and working families,” said CWA NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein during a press conference at Murphy's campaign headquarters on Broad Street in Newark.

“As Ambassador to Germany, he saw first-hand the importance of strong unions,” Rosenstein said. “As such, we’re heartened by Phil Murphy’s strong commitment to collective bargaining and fully-funded pensions. New Jersey deserves a governor with the stature and demeanor befitting the office, and who knows what it means to keep his promises.”

Dennis Trainor, CWA District 1 Vice-President, said Murphy is not beholden to the political bosses.

“He’ll make New Jersey a leader in the fight for economic and social justice,” Trainor said. “Most of all, we share Phil Murphy’s progressive agenda– when it comes to jobs, services, fully-funded pensions and a healthy respect for all this state’s families.”

Murphy said he was honored to have the CWA’s support.

"This campaign is about bringing strong, progressive leadership to rebuild New Jersey's battered middle class with an economy that works for all of us," Murphy said. "CWA has been at the forefront in the fight for the progressive values we share, from better wages and workplace protections to a government that lives up to its promises and works for the people. We have built a broad coalition committed to reversing the damage Chris Christie has done.”

The CWA said its endorsement of Murphy came after a CWA locals unanimously backed Murphy in a “fair, transparent, democratic process and substantive vetting” by elected local presidents, the chairs of legislative political action teams and then a review by the District 1 vice president.

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