Emergency services personnel back Christie

BRIDGEWATER – Gov. Chris Christie has captured support of emergency services personnel in his re-election bid.

Christie today announced a Volunteer Emergency Services for Christie coalition and unveiled its statewide leadership team. 

The coalition is led by Statewide Volunteer EMS Co-Chairs Frank Smith (Captain of the Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad), Howard Meyer (President of the NJ First Aid Council) and Statewide Volunteer Fire Chair Michael Gonnelli (Mayor of Secaucus and former Chief of the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department).

“I am honored to have the support of volunteer firefighters and EMS leaders – the men and women who risk their lives every day to serve their communities and keep their neighbors safe,” Christie said in a release.

“Taking on that risk in the most dangerous of circumstances also shows that they are true heroes and leaders when they are most needed. And I cannot thank our volunteer community enough for the work they did and lives they saved during Superstorm Sandy.

“I am honored to have the support of so many of these extraordinary people in this campaign and, as a state, we are grateful for what they do every single day.”

Christie has drawn support from first-responders for, among other things, vetoes of bills that the administration said would have burdened volunteers with unnecessary regulations and expenses, as well as changed the EMS network structure.

“Last year, amidst the most catastrophic natural disaster in New Jersey’s history, our state’s volunteer first responders acted with tremendous courage and fidelity, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents in need across the state,” said Gonnelli. “Governor Christie has proven without a doubt that he understands the positive impact our volunteer first responders have on their communities and stands up to protect that role for us.”

Statewide Leadership Team:

Statewide Volunteer Fire Chair: Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Secaucus & Former Chief of Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department

Statewide Volunteer EMS Co-Chair: Howard Meyer, President, NJ First Aid Council

Statewide Volunteer EMS Co-Chair: Captain Frank Smith, Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad

County Coordinators:

 

Atlantic County Volunteer Fire Chair: Nick LaRotunda

Atlantic County Volunteer EMS Chair: Rich Hudson

Bergen County Volunteer Fire Chair: Brian Fitzhenry

Bergen County Volunteer EMS Chair: Angelae Wilkerson

Burlington County Volunteer Fire Chair: Shawn Vena

Burlington County Volunteer EMS Chair: Brandon Pugh

Camden County Volunteer EMS  Chair: Ian Gill

Camden County Volunteer Fire Chair: Brian Poliafico

Cape May County Volunteer EMS Chair: Mike Scheeler

Cape May County Volunteer Fire Chair: David Perry

Cumberland County Volunteer Fire Chair: Donald Fiocchi

Cumberland County Volunteer EMS Chair: Seth Velez

Essex County Volunteer EMS Chair: Fred Menzel

Essex County Volunteer Fire Co-Chair: Matthew O’Hearn

Essex County Volunteer Fire Co-Chair: Jared Fout

Gloucester County Volunteer Fire Chair: Frank Stella

Gloucester County Volunteer EMS Chair: Don Ley

Hudson County Volunteer Volunteer Fire Co-Chair: Frank Walters

Hudson County Volunteer Volunteer Fire Co-Chair: Vincent Massaro

Hudson County Volunteer Volunteer Fire Co-Chair: William Sallich

Hudson County Volunteer EMS Chair: Tommy Molta

Hunterdon County Volunteer EMS Chair: Frank Veneziale

Hunterdon County Volunteer Fire Chair: Rob Walton

Mercer County Volunteer Fire Chair: Adam Bendas

Mercer County Volunteer EMS Chair: Dave Maher

Middlesex County Volunteer Fire Chair: Ramon Paulino

Middlesex County Volunteer EMS Chair: Dom Cicio

Monmouth County Volunteer Fire Chair: Pat Coburn

Monmouth County Volunteer EMS Chair: Carlos Rodriguez

Morris County Volunteer Fire Chair: Jim Correale

Morris County Volunteer EMS Chair: Andy Grabis

Ocean County Volunteer FIre Chair: Jeff Nilon

Ocean County Volunteer EMS Chair: Tony Pappagallo

Passaic County Volunteer FIre Chair: Steve Toth

Passaic County Volunteer EMS Co-Chair: Sue Pappas

Passaic County Volunteer EMS Co-Chair: Joe Smolinski

Salem County Volunteer Fire Chair: Jeff Pompper

Salem County Volunteer EMS Chair: Dan Bestwick

Somerset County Volunteer FIre Chair: Tim Coyle

Somerset County Volunteer EMS Chair: Michael Rothberg

Sussex County Volunteer Fire Chair: Justin VanderGroef

Sussex County Volunteer EMS Chair: Bill DeBoer

Union County Volunteer Fire Chair: Ron Marotta

Union County Volunteer EMS Chair: Tom Pirone

Warren County Volunteer Fire Chair: Buddy Volkert                     

Warren County Volunteer EMS Chair: Alfred Golluscio

Emergency services personnel back Christie