The president of the New Jersey Building Trades Council earlier today fired off a letter exhorting members to descend on Trenton Monday to pressure the legislature to back Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) Northern casinos referendum bill.
Bill Mullen wants a big show of force, according to the note he sent to labor building trades rank and file, whose key leaders earlier this week came out in support of Sweeney’s bill.
“On Monday, January 11th the New Jersey State Senate at 12 p.m. and the New Jersey General Assembly at 1 p.m. will be meeting to consider legislation concerning the expansion of gaming to Northern New Jersey,” Mullen wrote.
“Our state council has been unwavering in our support of the proposal, SCR185/ACR257, authored by three  of our own Building Trades Legislators, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo, and Joe Egan,” the labor leader added. “Now we need your help!!! We are STRONGLY URGING you and your members to meet at 10 a.m. at the Statehouse in Trenton to demand that our elected representatives support the only proposal that can bring about the expansion of casino gaming in New Jersey, SCR185/ACR257.”
Mullen said leadership will ask members to go inside the Statehouse and speak with legislators directly, about the importance of this issue to the Building Trades Council.
“Inaction at this critical stage is not an option!” Mullen said. “We must stand together or this opportunity to put thousands of our members to work will be lost. By remaining strong, we can ensure that the only proposal, SCR185/ACR257, with the votes to pass, can be moved forward. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.”
Sweeney’s bill is in competition with an alternative backed by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32).