One of the state’s most politically influential labor unions, Operating Engineers Local 825, has endorsed Republican Tom Kean, Jr. for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). He came within 1% of unseating Malinowski in 2020.
“While politics and politicians have changed throughout the years, Tom Kean, Jr. has remained steadfast, trustworthy and someone the working men and women of New Jersey can count on,” said Greg Lalevee, the union’s business manager. “Whether it comes to defending workers’ rights or fighting for more infrastructure investment, Tom’s support of Operating Engineers and their families has been unrivaled. That is why we offer our full endorsement for his election.”
The endorsement is for the GOP primary, but Local 825 doesn’t typically back one candidate in the primary and another in the general election.