The NJ State Building & Construction Trades Council today announced its endorsements for the November 2014 U.S. Senate and Congressional elections.

The union trades’ council endorsed nine Democrats and three Republicans in New Jersey’s 12 Congressional Districts. The Council also endorsed U.S. Senator Cory Booker for re-election to a full six-year term in November.

“Following an extensive screening process, our member-unions have endorsed a bipartisan roster of Senate and Congressional candidates who understand building trades needs and are willing to work with us in enacting a strong agenda for economic recovery in New Jersey,” said Council President William T. Mullen.

“The endorsement process is extra important during these troubled economic times. It is incumbent upon our elected representatives to be able to work together in a bipartisan manner to effectively deal with our chronic budget shortfalls and deficits and high unemployment rates.

Mullen said the council was especially gratified by the selection of State Senator Donald Norcross, a union electrician and a member of the Building Trades Council himself. Norcross won both the primary for Special Election to fill the unexpired term of former 1st District Congressman Rob Andrews on Tuesday, June 3rd and the Democratic Primary for the Congressional seat seeking election to a full two-year term in November.

“As a member of the union building trades in New Jersey, Congressman Donald Norcross has a unique knowledge and abiding interest in our specific needs and concerns,” Mullen noted. “In addition, he has served ably in the State Senate, demonstrating a strong command of the issues challenging our state and representing the voters of his district with distinction.

“Just as important, he has shown a knack for bipartisan leadership and an ability to work across party lines to get things accomplished. This is a critical attribute, considering the highly dysfunctional environment currently causing such gridlock in Washington.”

“Also, our endorsement of three Republican candidates this year once again demonstrates our commitment to a broad, bipartisan approach in solving our nation’s economic problems. It recognizes the commitments these particular candidates have made to protect Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Laws, the use of Project Labor Agreements on public construction projects, and a host of other pro-building trades initiatives.” 

“All of our endorsed candidates, Democrat and Republican alike, have stood by our building trades on issues of vital importance to our livelihoods and to the quality of life of our members and their families,” Mullen continued. “It’s now our obligation to stand with them as they seek election in November. 

  • U.S Senate Cory Booker (D)
  • 1st Congressional District Donald W. Norcross (D)
  • 2nd Congressional District Frank A. LoBiondo (R)
  • 3rd Congressional District Aimee Belgard (D)
  • 4th Congressional District Christopher H. Smith (R)
  • 5th Congressional District Roy Cho (D)
  • 6th Congressional District Frank Pallone, Jr (D)
  • 7th Congressional District Leonard Lance (R)
  • 8th Congressional District Albio Sires (D)
  • 9th Congressional District Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
  • 10th Congressional District Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
  • 11th Congressional District Mark Dunec (D)
  • 12th Congressional District Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)