Sweeney Snubbed By AFL-CIO

TRENTON – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO announced their endorsements for November’s state Legislature elections. The one-million-member-strong labor union failed to back state Senate President Steve Sweeney, who supported the public worker pension and health benefit changes signed into law earlier this summer.

Sweeney, a Gloucester County Democrat, is a general organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers. Two other prominent politicians with labor ties – Democratic state Sen. Donald Norcross and Republican Asm. John Amodeo, also failed to receive the AFL-CIO’s backing.


The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat Robert “Bob” Brown in his challenge to Republican Samuel D. Thompson for the state Senate seat representing the 12th District, which includes Old Bridge.

Democrats Sen. Linda R. Greenstein and Asm. Wayne P. DeAngelo and Daniel R. Benson won the union’s backing in the 14th District, which includes Cranbury, Jamesburg, Monroe, Plainsboro and Spotswood.

The union is supporting Democrats Maureen Vella, Marie Corfield and Joe Camarota in their bid to unseat the Republican slate of state Sen. Christopher Bateman and Asm. Peter J. Biondi in the 16th District, which includes South Brunswick.

Democrats Sen. Bob Smith and Asm. Joseph V. Egan and Upendra Chivukula won the AFL-CIO’s backing in the 17th District, which includes Highland Park, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Piscataway.

State Sen. Barbara Buono and Asm. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Peter J. Barnes III, all Democrats, have the union’s support in the 18th District, which includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.

In the 19th District, which includes Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge, Democrats state Sen. Joseph F. Vitale, Asm. John S. Wisniewski and Craig J. Coughlin have the AFL-CIO endorsement.

State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, Asm. Joseph Cryan and Asw. Annette Quijano, all Democrats, were endorsed in the 20th District, which includes Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union Township.

The AFL-CIO is backing Democrats Paul Swanicke, Bruce H. Bergen and Norman W. Albert in their challenge to the 21st District Republican slate of state Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr., Asm. Jon Bramnick and Asw. Nancy E. Munoz. The 21st District includes Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Springfield, Summit and Westfield.

In the 22nd District, which includes Clark, Dunellen, Fanwood, Linden, Middlesex Borough, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains and Winfield, Democrats state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, Asm. Jerry Green and Asw. Linda Stender have the AFL-CIO’s endorsement.

Click here to see the full list of AFL-CIO endorsements (PDF format) 

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