“When carpenters work, New Jersey works.” On the first Tuesday in June that saying rang true when two NRCC endorsed Morris County freeholder candidates were victorious in winning a tough Republican primary. Morris County is a Republican dominated district, making primary elections extremely significant. Carpenters met with all of the candidates running, but in the end only John Cesaro and Christine Myers proved worthy of our endorsement. Cesaro and Myers demonstrated that they understood the true meaning of Carpenter values.
Both candidates were up against a strong slate with two incumbents but in the end Cesaro and Myers were able to succeed with the backing of our membership. Our brothers and sisters in Morris County spent countless hours phone banking and hitting the pavement. There were over two hundred carpenter boots on the ground throughout the month of May knocking on doors to ensure that our brothers and sisters turned out to the polls. On June 2nd all of our hard work paid off when incumbent freeholders John Krickus and David Scapicchio lost their seats to our candidates.
Carpenter values transcend party lines. We support candidates who support our values. “It was important for us to get involved in Morris County where nearly 700 of our members live and work. This race was our first time really engaging the Republican Party in Morris County and we were successful.” said Deputy Political Director, Dan Christy. This race served as a great reminder of the ability that union carpenters have to affect the outcomes of elections by turning out to the polls. It is important that we as citizens engage in primary elections so that we can continue to strengthen our union and create more work opportunities for our members.