In that backroom war for labor support and with the implicit understanding of the division of labor in New Jersey, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has put together a breakfast of union brass with which he hopes to make a statement, particularly in the face of repeated trumpeting by his 2017 rival, ironworker Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
According to the invitation, the September 30th $5,000 per-host and $1,000 per-person fundraiser for the Election Fund of Steven Fulop 2017 will take place at the Chandelier Catering Hall on Broadway in Bayonne.
The presence on the host committee of the Carpenters defies the notion, argue Fulop allies, that Sweeney has sewn up Building Trades support. The heavy presence of public sector labor defines what could be a political pen-ben hangover for Sweeney, who controversially joined Republican Governor Chris Christie on that 2010 reform front.
The event is technically designed in support of Fulop’s reelection bid as mayor, but, in the words of one source close to the preparation, “everyone knows he’s running for governor” not mayor in 2017, including those on the host committee.
Raymond Greaves Chairman New Jersey ATU State Council
Patrick Kelleher President Hudson County Building & Constructions Trades
Dennis A. Daggett Executive Vice President International Longshoremen’s Association
Ray Pocino International Vice President Eastern Region Manager Laborers’ International Union of North America
Al Rispoli President New Jersey Joint Council 73
Thomas P. Giblin Business Manager Local 68 Operating Engineers
John Wende Business Manager Pepefitters Local Union No. 274
Kevin P. Bellew Business Manager UA Local 696
Susan M. Cleary President District 1199J AFSCME
Kevin Brown New Jersey State Director 32BJ SEIU
Peter A. Busacca President Hudson County Central Labor Council
John Samuelsen Executive Vice President Transport Workers Union of America
Paul Nunziato President Port Authority Police Benevolent Association
Daniel Gumble Business Manager IBEW Local 164
Hetty Rosenstein Area Director Communications Workers of America
John Ballantyne Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Eric Boyce Business Manager UA Plumbers Local 24
Patrick Colligan State President New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association
Richard Gollin Executive Director AFSCME Council 52
Robert Kearns President Jersey City Police Superiors’ Association