The bombastic New Jersey Republican governor who built his reputation in part by taking on the leaders of the teachers union in his state is winning labor support elsewhere:
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 announced today that it is endorsing Gov. Chris Christie for re-election in November.
“We need a governor who understands the importance of job creation and who is not afraid to stand up for working people in the state,” said Greg Lalevee, business manager of Local 825. Lalevee said the local’s members enthusiastically voted to authorize the endorsement.
“There’s no doubt that, thanks to Governor Christie’s leadership, our economy is on the upswing and by continuing to work together, we’ll drive additional job opportunities for our members,” he said. “Gov. Christie has made it a priority to renew the state Transportation Trust Fund and work with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to ensure that major infrastructure projects are prioritized and financed.”
These projects, he said, have included widening the New Jersey Turnpike and Parkway, raising the Bayonne Bridge and expanding the Newark and Elizabeth. Lalevee also pointed to Christie’s advocacy for federal funding to begin Hurricane Sandy reconstruction. Christie also has won praise from Local 825 for his active support for the “Building Our Future” bond referendum, which was approved by voters on Nov. 6 and which authorized $750 million in state bonds to improve facilities at New Jersey colleges and universities.
The union is based in Springfield, N.J., and has 6,500 members.