North-JerseyNews.Com’s Weekly Campaign Notebook For June 5

As we get closer to the June 8 primary election, will post a weekly notebook of press releases produced by the candidates.


Unite Here Local 54, the largest union of hospitality workers in New Jersey, endorsed Governor Phil Murphy for re-election.

“Governor Murphy has proven time and time again that he’s fighting for working people in New Jersey. He has worked tirelessly to bolster workplace protections to ensure every worker is treated with dignity and fairness. Governor Murphy’s leadership directly resulted in the passing of historic legislation mandating panic buttons for Housekeepers. We are proud to endorse Governor Murphy for re-election,” said Bob McDevitt. 

“When I was on strike to stop billionaire Carl Icahn from stripping away benefits and healthcare from Atlantic City workers, Governor Murphy was there, walking the picket line with me. I’ve worked as a housekeeper for 15 years and over the years myself and my co-workers have often found ourselves in dangerous situations when cleaning rooms. One of my proudest moments was to stand with Governor Murphy when he signed the law mandating that hotels and casinos in New Jersey provide housekeepers with panic buttons,” said Fabia Cespedes, a housekeeper at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

 “Unite Here Local 54 is a leading voice on issues that matter to Atlantic City’s working families and I’m proud to have their support,” said Governor Murphy. “From raising the minimum wage to enhancing workplace protections, we’ve worked collaboratively to strengthen the ranks of working women and men in Atlantic City and the entire region. Through our partnership, Atlantic City is once again on the rise and will continue to be a place where good jobs, at good wages, can be found.”

Unite Here Local 54 has over 10,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, and food service industries across New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.


Jack Ciattarelli released the following statement before heading to the “Together New Jersey” event at the Trenton State House to voice his strong opposition to the bills that take away the balance of power in the legislature and grant the governor permanent executive power.

“Make no mistake, Phil Murphy has no problem hijacking our democracy and wielding the power of a king while making unilateral decisions without any regard to whom he is impacting. It is the job of the legislature on both sides of the aisle to end the insanity in Trenton,” said Ciattarelli. “In the strongest terms possible, I am calling on the State Senate and Assembly to put aside partisan politics, do the right thing, and end any measures that grant the governor permanent executive power. As New Jersey’s next governor, I will proudly leave the power where it belongs, with the people and the local leaders they have elected.”


With the Republican Primary for Governor fast approaching, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is working hard to fend off an insurgent challenge from fellow MAGA enthusiast Hirsh Singh with a late barrage of spending and attacks, according to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC). 

Despite Assemblyman Ciarrarelli’s vast fundraising advantage, public polling puts Singh within striking distance. That has Assemblyman Ciattarelli squirming for Republican support wherever he can, including from radical anti-vaxxers like GOP Assembly candidate Denise Gonzalez who Ciattarelli promoted on his own social media channels.

Gonzalez is one of New Jersey’s most prominent anti-vaccine voices. She is a founder and treasurer of New Jersey Medical Freedom Advocates, a non-profit group that works to inform the public about “vaccine risk awareness,” as well as a District Leader with the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice. Ciattarelli’s embrace of the anti-vaxxer movement shows how desperate he is to gain support in the Republican Primary, no matter how it will look in a potential General Election matchup with Governor Phil Murphy.

“Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is proving every day that he’s willing to pander to the most extreme elements of society to boost his flailing campaign, from Oath Keepers to radical conservatives and now the anti-vaccine movement,” said NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda. “Spreading fear and lies about vaccinations is incredibly irresponsible, particularly as public health officials are working hard to build trust with people who are hesitant about receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. This is par for the course for a career politician like Jack Ciattarelli who is so desperate that he’s willing to align himself with any radical group that he thinks will help him win.”


Today, the Rizzo for Governor campaign announced New Jersey Woman for Trump founder Tracey Lore has endorsed Phil Rizzo as the MAGA candidate for New Jersey Governor.

This group of 50,000 plus Trump supporting women was originally founded by Tracey and received acknowledgement from President Trump himself during the 2020 campaign.

“I am convinced Phil Rizzo is the best candidate to advance a Pro-Trump MAGA style agenda in New Jersey. I am excited to endorse him for governor,” said Lore

In getting the endorsement Phil Rizzo, said “I am the MAGA candidate for governor, and I’m honored to have the support of Tracey and other Trump patriots like her.”


Governor Phil Murphy received the endorsement of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.

“Supporting the creation of jobs, growing the construction industry with new renewable energy programs, combating fraud in the construction industry, and protecting workers have been cornerstones of Governor Murphy’s time in office,” said William C. Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, “The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to announce we stand behind the Governor’s re-election and are committed to working together on these issues in the future.”

“Since day one, we’ve lived up to New Jersey’s proud union heritage and stood shoulder to shoulder with the hardworking men and women of organized labor,” said Governor Murphy. “Together, we’ve strengthened wage protections, cracked down on misclassification, and leveled the playing field for workers. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and I look forward to furthering our partnership to build New Jersey’s future.”

The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters represents close to 13,000 carpenters in New Jersey alone. The Union has been a strong advocate for more enforcement when it comes to construction industry tax fraud issues including wage theft, worker misclassification, and payroll fraud. They have made statements in the past acknowledging the rise in enforcement by the State of New Jersey on these crimes.

“Governor Murphy has been an advocate for the issues our workers care about, including the all-too-issues of wage theft, worker misclassification, payroll fraud, and tax fraud in the construction industry,” said Sproule, “The Governor’s action in creating a Task Force on Employee Misclassification will allow for construction industry partners and government officials to come together to work towards protecting New Jersey workers from these actions.”

State Senate and Assembly

A spate of local Republican officials in Passaic and Essex Counties endorsed Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26).

The endorsements from Passaic County come from a slew of current and former elected officials in West Milford. Mayor Michael Dale, Councilmen Michael Chazukow, Kevin Goodsir, Warren Gross and David Marsden endorsed her, as did Councilwomen Ada Erik and Marilyn Lichtenberg.

West Milford Republican Municipal Chairwoman Vivienne Erik and Vice Chairman Mike Hensley also endorsed her, as did Passaic Republican State Committeeman Matthew Conlon and former West Milford Council members Tricia Gerst, Pete McGuinness and Andie Pegel.

“I am thankful for this show of support from Passaic County. They have been great partners in helping me solve problems for their constituents,” the assemblywoman said. “I’m grateful for their confidence in me to continue my hard work on behalf of the Republican Party in Trenton.”


Following the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum May 27, Valerie Vainieri Huttle declared herself the winner of the debate

“Last night, I once again proved to the voters of District 37 that I fight for them. Yet again, Gordon Johnson was unprepared and unwilling to make his views known. Meanwhile, I was proud to showcase my record and platform clearly to the voters,” said Vainieri Huttle.  

“The debate demonstrated the clear difference between my opponent and me: I don’t just show up to cast my vote, I do the hard work of writing the landmark laws that make our State safer, healthier and more equitable, that’s what a real leader does.”

“It was telling that I had to remind Assemblyman Johnson that it is one thing to sponsor a bill, it’s another thing to do the work to author the legislation. Gordon Johnson can continue to tout his support of the bills that I have written, from expanding LGBTQ rights to protecting women’s rights, but the difference is, I wrote the laws and I fought for them- simply put I led, Gordon followed.

“Here’s the bottom-line, leadership matters, a record is about more than how you vote, it’s about who you fight for. You can’t just be a vote, you have to be a voice…I proved to the voters yet again that I am the proven, effective leader District 37 needs alongside my running mates Gervonn Romney Rice and Lauren Kohn Dayton. Together, we are ready to kick some glass and continue creating sound policy that our communities need.”


Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver endorsed William Sampson, the Democratic candidate in the Legislative District 31 race.   

“William Sampson is a proven fighter who understands the challenges facing working families,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver. “William’s strong roots in organized labor and passion for his community will serve as a tremendous asset in the State House. I’m honored to endorse his candidacy in the 31st Legislative District,” said Oliver.

Sampson said “I’m proud to be endorsed by Lieutenant Governor Oliver. She is a mentor and a role model for me and anyone who wants to live a life dedicated to public service.”


Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce condemned the conduct of Hirsh Singh’s campaign manager, King Penna, toward the wife of Jack Ciattarelli, calling it “outrageous and shameful.”

“Mr. Singh should immediately fire him and apologize to Melinda Ciattarelli and the entire Ciattarelli family. I was absolutely horrified when I watched this video and know that these types of attacks on women are far too common in politics.,” said DeCroce. “This kind of behavior has no place in our public discourse, and I call on my three opponents, Jay Webber, Christian Barranco and Tom Mastrangelo to join me in condemning this.”


The Professional Fire Officers of Morristown, FMBA Local 243 endorsed Tim Dougherty for re-election to the Office of Mayor of the Town of Morristown.

  • Mayor Dougherty has served effectively for 3 consecutive terms and has a track record of supporting the Fire Bureau. New apparatus and equipment have given our members the tools we need to keep our residents safe.
  • Mayor Dougherty has successfully addressed stacking issues in Town which create dangerous conditions for residents and their neighbors. Stacking places our firefighters at greater risk by having to extend searches looking for greater numbers of occupants in buildings.
  • Mayor Dougherty has supported responsible development and an increase in the Town’s ratable base. Newer and updated buildings have improved the safety of both residents and firefighters.
  • Mayor Dougherty has worked hard to maintain safe Fire Department staffing levels while looking out for the taxpayers’ pocketbooks.
  • As mayor he has sought out federal fire service grant money to improve the safety of our members and the equipment we use.
  • Mayor Dougherty has championed the fight for strong code enforcement within The Town of Morristown. A fight that positively impacts public safety, and reduces the associated risks to our members.

Tim Dougherty supports and promotes a vibrant and safe town for all of us to live, work, shop and worship in. The members of FMBA Local 243 proudly endorse and stand behind Tim Dougherty for re-election as Mayor of Morristown.


Governor Phil Murphy today announced his endorsements of Dover Alderwoman Jessica Cruz, Alderwoman Judith Rugg, and Alderman Adrian Ballesteros for re-election.

“It’s a great honor to endorse these exceptional public servants for re-election in the Town of Dover,” said Governor Murphy. “Through open and transparent leadership, they’ve implemented a comprehensive response to the pandemic, invested in key infrastructure improvements, and attracted new development with fiscally responsible planning. In partnership with Mayor Blackman, this team is governing with a principled set of values and moving Dover forward for all residents.”

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