Abate touts labor support

Fifth district Democratic congressional candidate Camille Abate wants to emphasize her support from organized labor.

Last Wednesday, the Passaic County Building & Construction Trades Council sponsored a breakfast in honor of Abate, attended by representatives from several local branches of the United Association of Plumbers, the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Asbestos Workers, the International Brotherhood of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Laborer’s International Union.

"In order to take back this country and improve the quality of life for ordinary Americans, we have to stick together, as working people with a common goal,” said Abate in a press release.

Most of those unions contributed money to her campaign, Abate said, although they have not sent official letters of endorsement. One union not represented ,the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, has formally endorsed Abate.

Abate is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on entrenched Republican incumbent Scott Garrett. She ran for the Democratic nomination last year, getting 33% of the vote against Paul Stuart Aronsohn. Also seeking the nomination is Dennis Shulman, a blind Rabbi and psychologist.

Abate touts labor support