The 18th District Democratic team of State Senate candidate Peter Barnes and State Assembly candidates Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin have received the backing of New Jersey’s police and firefighters.
In separate announcements, the Democratic trio received the backing of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, and the Probation Association of New Jersey.
Barnes is running against East Brunswick Mayor Dave Stahl, a Republican.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our full support,” said Barnes. “I am focused on ensuring that our first responders have the resources and personnel to do their jobs safely, especially at a time when we must make tough budget choices. I look forward to continuing to work with our first responders in Trenton and I am honored by their support this election.”
“In these tough economic times, we need strong leaders who represent the working-class families of New Jersey,” said Edward Brannigan, president of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. “Barnes, Diegnan and Pinkin are proven leaders who will fight for all citizens of New Jersey. They are deserving because they recognize the daily sacrifices that police officers, professional firefighters and EMTs make, and they will make the health and safety of all first responders paramount while serving in the state Legislature.”
“The Barnes, Diegnan and Pinkin team support for security and public safety has been demonstrated by their actions on behalf of law enforcement, fire and emergency responders,” said Dominick Marino, president of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. “They have stated that public safety would be a ‘top priority’ and they have earned our endorsement for their contributions to the citizens and professional firefighters in our state and in their district within Middlesex County.”
“The New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association is proud to endorse the Peter Barnes, Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin ticket today,” NJFMBA President Ed Donnelly said in a statement. “Peter, Patrick and Nancy’s unwavering support for firefighters and first responders will mean that our members across the state will have the resources needed to perform their jobs safely and efficiently while protecting the communities and citizens they serve.”
Peter Barnes and Patrick Diegnan were also endorsed by the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association (PBA).