Jackson racks up first responder endorsements in Trenton mayor’s race

Trenton mayoral hopeful Eric Jackson’s campaign was endorsed Friday by a local Trenton firefighter union.

Jackson, who is engaged in a runoff election against opponent Paul Perez, was endorsed by the New Jersey Benevolent Association Locals 6 and 206. Trenton voters will decide on June 10 who to tap as their new mayor.

“Eric Jackson is the only candidate to have the experience and vision to work with first responders across Trenton and make public safety a priority,” said FMBA Local 6 Vice President Robert Bland in a statement. “Trenton firefighters are proud to support him and look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

The Trenton Police Superior Officers Association and the New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association have also endorsed Jackson for mayor, as well as former mayoral hopeful Oliver “Bucky” Leggett and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, who recently won her party’s nod to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) in Congress.

Voters will decide between Jackson (who won last month’s mayoral election with 30 percent, or 3,020 votes) and Perez (who got 21 percent, or 2,134 votes). Perez, a consultant and Army veteran, has won the support of many Hispanic groups in Trenton.

Jackson racks up first responder endorsements in Trenton mayor’s race