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Three Assemblymen with ties to Building Trades back Sweeney

source Senator Fred Madden

By Matt Friedman
10/04/2016 11:27 AM EDT

Three New Jersey Democratic lawmakers who work for Building Trades unions said on Tuesday they will support Senate President Stephen Sweeney if he runs for governor.

Democrat Assembly members Joe Egan of Middlesex County, Wayne DeAngelo of Mercer County and Eric Houghtaling of Monmouth County said Sweeney's "brand of honest, accountable leadership is exactly what this state needs from its next chief executive."

The New Jersey State Building Trade Council, of which Sweeney is a member as an International Association of Ironworkers union leader, has already urged him to run.

The three Assembly members are all officials with different IBEW locals.

The endorsements come less than a week after Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced he would not run for governor and endorsed the only declared candidate, Phil Murphy.

Murphy, a millionaire former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany, is favored to win support from New Jersey's public worker unions that Sweeney has spent much of the last seven years fighting.

"When it comes to protecting our fellow brothers and sisters in labor, we have had no greater advocate than Steve Sweeney," the three Assembly members' statement said. "Project Labor Agreements, Card-Check, and Paid Family Leave are just a handful of the pro-worker items that likely would not be law were it not for Senator Sweeney's commitment to making New Jersey a better place for the hard working men and women of this state."

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