The 18th District Democratic team of State Senate candidate Peter Barnes and State Assembly candidates Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin have received the backing of the New Jersey’s police and firefighters.

In separate announcements, the Democratic trio were endorsed by the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, and the Probation Association of New Jersey.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our full support,” said Peter Barnes. "I am focused on ensuring that our first responders have the resources and personnel to do their jobs safely, especially at a time when we are must make tough budget choices. I look forward to continuing to work with our first responders in Trenton and I am honored by their support this election.”

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Patrick Diegnan stated, "I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of our finest and bravest men and women.  They literally put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. I will continue working to ensure they have the resources necessary to keep New Jersey a secure place to live, work and raise our families."

“As the new member of the team, I am greatly encouraged that I have the support of our everyday heroes. I hope to continue and expand the great relationships I have built in East Brunswick to serve our first responders and their families in Trenton by fighting to get property taxes under control, improve our schools and make higher education more affordable for everyone."

"In these tough economic times, we need strong leaders who represent the working-class families of New Jersey,” said Edward Brannigan, President of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. “Barnes, Diegnan and Pinkin are proven leaders who will fight for all citizens of New Jersey. They are deserving because they recognize the daily sacrifices that police officers, professional firefighters and EMTs make, and they will make the health and safety of all first responders paramount while serving in the State Legislature.”

"The Barnes, Diegnan and Pinkin team support for security and public safety has been demonstrated by their actions on behalf of law enforcement, fire and emergency responders," said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. "They have stated that public safety would be a 'top priority' and they have earned our endorsement for their contributions to the citizens and professional firefighters in our state and in their district within Middlesex County."

“The New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association is proud to endorse the Peter Barnes, Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin ticket today,” NJFMBA President Ed Donnelly said in a statement. “Peter, Patrick and Nancy's unwavering support for firefighters and first responders will mean that our members across the state will have the resources needed to perform their jobs safely and efficiently while protecting the communities and citizens they serve."

Also, endorsing the team of Peter Barnes for Senate, Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin for Assembly were the Probation Association of New Jersey. “We are proud to join other leading law enforcement associations in endorsing Peter Barnes for State Senate, Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin for State Assembly,” said Brad Fairchild, President of the Probation Association of New Jersey. “We need legislators who places public safety above politics and one who are willing to cooperate with law enforcement on the issues that will help ensure safer communities.

Peter Barnes and Patrick Diegnan were also endorsed by the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association (PBA). "There are simply no better friends of law enforcement – and no stronger choice to lead the 18th District for another term than Peter Barnes and Patrick Diegnan," said Anthony Wieners, President of the New Jersey PBA.