(Trenton) — Joined by hundreds of loyal financial supporters, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee honored several prominent union leaders at an annual fundraising dinner Monday evening, replenishing the party’s coffers and rallying the faithful for the coming elections.
At the Galloping Hills Golf Club in Kenilworth, while surrounded by elected Democrats from across the state, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee John Currie, emphasized the special relationship between New Jersey’s Labor community and the Democratic Party.
Currie noted that this relationship is stronger and more necessary than ever. “Never before have working people so needed strong voices, standing up for them. And never before have Democrats needed working people to stand up for our candidates more than we do now. I am confident that, working side-by-side, we will claim victory in the months ahead, much as we did in last year's Assembly races. Together, we will restore New Jersey’s promise and keep our country moving forward,” he said.
Currie highlighted how the disastrous policies of Republicans like Chris Christie have unnecessarily and unfairly burdened New Jersey’s middle class families. He also argued that Democrats are the only party that shares Labor's goals of reducing income inequality, raising wages, investing in communities that have been left behind, fully-funding public pensions, and demanding justice for all.
The following people were honored by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee for their dedication to the working people of our state: New Jersey State Director and Vice President of 32BJ SEIU, Kevin Brown; President of New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, Patrick Colligan; President of New Jersey State Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association, Edwin “Eddie” Donnelly; President and Assistant Business Manager of IBEW Local 164, Thomas J. Sullivan, Jr.; President of Communications Workers of America 1037, Ken McNamara; and American Federation of Teachers’ Woman, Human & Civil Rights Advocacy Director, Regena Thomas.