TRENTON – The state’s labor leaders, already providers of key endorsements for the governor’s re-election campaign, heaped more praise on him Friday.
The N.J. State Building & Construction Trades Council praised N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo for approving more than $2.5 billion in upgrades to the three major bridges connecting New Jersey and Staten Island: the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing.
“These major construction projects are being initiated at a critical time in our state’s history,” said William T. Mullen, president of the 150,000-member state building trades council, in a release. “Not only will they jump-start desperately needed jobs in the construction industry, they will help stimulate economic growth throughout the region.”
The projects, all of which are slated to begin this year and be completed by 2017, are expected to generate up to 5,000 construction jobs, some $600 million in wages, and more than $2.5 billion in other economic growth, according the union.
Mullen said most of the state’s building and construction trades have suffered 30 to 40 percent unemployment rates since the recession struck in 2008.