Preemptive strike in the 14th

Moving to solidify her base before her opponent even enters the race, 14th District state Sen. Linda Greenstein this week announced several key union endorsements.

Greenstein, who could be facing a challenge from former Republican state Sen. Pete Inverso, who represented the 14th for nearly two decades, announced she has received the backing of the Communication Workers of America, FMBA, The Mercer Burlington Building Trades Council, the Mercer County Central Labor Council and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9.

“No matter what the issue is, Senator Greenstein figures out what is the best position for working families and that’s where she is,” said Hetty Rosenstein, state director for the CWA. ” She’s not a shill for the banks and the corporations. It’s people that she’s there for: children,  all varieties of family, retirees, and everyone who has to struggle to make ends meet.   Senator Greenstein never disappoints. She represents the best of the New Jersey Legislature.

Greenstein has always been a darling of organized labor, but in Inverso she could be facing a candidate who has enjoyed his own union backing.  Securing the support early could be key to either keeping Inverso out of the race, or getting a solid jump on fundraising.

The 14th is labor heavy, particularly in Hamilton, which Inverso would need to win should he make another run at the Senate.  For her part, Greenstein said she’ll continue to work hard for union families.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the strong support of these great unions representing the interests of hard working members and their families,” Greenstein said by phone Wednesday.  “Throughout my 13 years in the Legislature I have fought hard on behalf of these valiant men and women and will continue to do so.”

Reached Wednesday, Inverso said he is getting closer to a decision on a potential comeback.  The former state senator said he has so far been gratified by the reaction of the community to the news that he was considering a comeback.

“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me telling me to run,” he said. “So far the support has been great.”

Preemptive strike in the 14th