Donovan scores major union endorsement

The New Jersey Laborers Union is backing Republican Kathleen Donovan in her bid to unseat Bergen County Executive Dennis C. McNerney, a two-term Democrat.

“Through the years, no matter which political party was on the rise or what party was down, Bergen residents time and again re-elected Kathe Donovan for public office.  There is a reason for that.  It is because of her consistency of effort, her commitment to put people first and her ability to solve problems and create opportunities,” said Raymond Pocino, the Laborers Vice-President and Eastern Regional Manager. “We support her candidacy for county executive, and more importantly, we support her vision for Bergen County.”

The Laborers Union is one of the most politically influential labor unions in the state, with nearly 9,000 members in two northern New Jersey locals, Building Laborers Local 592 of Fort Lee, and General and Heavy Construction Laborers Local 472

“The New Jersey Laborers Union is committing its full resources to the Donovan campaign, Pocino said. “It is anticipated that hundreds of laborers will volunteer time to the campaign through phone banking, voter registration drives, get out the vote drives, and member-to-member education.

Pocino cited Donovan’s leadership as chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a key factor in their endorsement. 

“She understands that prosperity won’t happen without smart public investment and job growth,” said Pocino.  “Kathe Donovan not only has a vision for Bergen County’s future but she also has a track record that residents can trust.”

Donovan has served as Bergen County Clerk since 1988 and is a former Assemblywoman and GOP State Chair. Donovan scores major union endorsement