NEWARK – There wasn’t any appearance of professional jealousy or irritability on the part of firefighters who this morning stood with the man who might have stolen their thunder the day he reportedly ran into a burning building.
On the contrary, the professionals looked willing as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, trying to present himself as the candidate in the contest who believes in the wise use of government, shouldered the endorsement of two statewide firefighters unions.
A week and two days before Election Day, the New Jersey State Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association and the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey stood with the candidate for U.S. Senate, and the Newark Firefighters Union as all three groups formally announced their support for the Democrat.
"We know Cory Booker will keep public safety a priority," said Ed Donnelly, president of the New Jersey State Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association. "He will advocate for federal programs that will keep first responders on the street, which will unequivocally keep New Jersey residents and our firefighters safe."
Dominick Marino, president of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, underscored the stark contrast between Booker and his opponent.
"Cory Booker will fight to fund federal support for local emergency services,” Marino said. “His opponent has actually called for the government shutdown to be extended, leaving communities all over the state to fend for themselves without any backup from Washington. Cory Booker will put public safety first, not political grandstanding. For my members and I, the choice is clear."
Booker thanked the assembled firefighters both for their endorsements.
"It is truly an honor to receive the support of these brave men and women who risk their lives for us every day,” Booker said. “If we as a country want to grow in the future, we have to invest in our present. That's why I'll fight every day in Washington to make sure that communities across New Jersey have the tools they need to thrive."