New Jersey governor Chris Christie has accepted the endorsement of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), according to an announcement from the Republican's reelection campaign. The organization "is one of the largest unions in the state, representing over 20,000 laborers across New Jersey primarily within the construction and manufacturing trades."
"I'm grateful for LIUNA's endorsement. LIUNA members know all too well that when our economy is growing, when businesses are investing, and when the state is aggressively working with the private sector, good things happen, good paying jobs are created and we see families succeed," Christie says in a statement. "The policies we have put in place over the last three years have put New Jersey on the path to long-term job growth. I look forward to working with great partners like LIUNA to continue the positive progress in the coming years."
Raymond M. Pocino, the vice president of the union, says: "We can look back on the past three years and be proud of the work Chris Christie has done to make New Jersey a stronger place for families and businesses, just as we can look ahead at the next five years and know that Chris Christie is the person best equipped to address problems and create opportunities. He has demonstrated uncommon leadership as well as a keen understanding of our union and its members. He has earned our support."
Christie's campaign office, in the press release, touts the governor's record on job creation. "Under Governor Christie's leadership, New Jersey's private sector employers have added over 73,000 jobs, and last year saw the most private sector job growth in 11 years. That is due in large part to the Governor's support of $2.35 billion in tax relief for New Jersey businesses, new public-private partnerships as well as infrastructure investments critical to our state's economic future - together providing new opportunities to get the hard hit construction industry back to work," writes Christie's campaign.