Edward Buttimore of Cedar Grove was the first candidate to announce he would be pursuing the LD40 senate seat to be vacated by state Senator Kevin O’Toole after his retirement. On Tuesday, the candidate locked up the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, IAFF, AFL-CIO.
“Just as we keep our members informed of your legislative efforts and activities in support of firefighters and their families, so do we make every effort to make sure they support those who support public safety and the professionals who provide it! These are difficult times in New Jersey and the future of our state and the people who make this state great must be first and foremost,” wrote President Dominick Marino in an endorsement letter to Buttimore.
While Buttimore has also been endorsed by the New Jersey Retired Policemen and Firemen’s Association (NJRPFA), the Republican has yet to gain much traction among the state GOP, according to a Bergen County source. The source said that members of the district’s Republican Party generally either support the run of Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado for the LD40 senate seat or the rumored run to be made by Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Paul DiGaetano.
Buttimore is a retired former administrator in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The election for the LD40 senate seat will be held in 2017.