ROSELLE, NJ - A rally was held on Wednesday morning at the Roselle Fire Station as members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA), the union representing more than 5,000 firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers throughout New Jersey, announced their endorsement of Sheriff Joe Cryan’s campaign for Senate in New Jersey’s 20th Legislative District.

Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, both endorsed by the NJ FMBA in previous campaigns, also attended the event along with career firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers from Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union, all represented by the NJ FMBA.

“Joe Cryan has built a career in public service around standing firm in his beliefs, never wavering based on which way political winds are blowing,” stated Eddie Donnelly, President, NJ FMBA. “In our job it’s critical that we know who has our backs. Joe Cryan has always had our backs, now we are going to have his.”

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Officials from the NJ FMBA said their decision of support for Cryan came from looking at his  record as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly including joining in the fight to protect pensions, supporting efforts to pass cancer presumptive legislation, and helping to insure safe working conditions. and his continued support all first responders.

"I am always proud to stand by the side of Ed Donnelly and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association," said Cryan.  "The work being done every day by FMBA members in our neighborhoods is a testament to their courage and their sacrifice and I am extremely grateful for their endorsement of our campaign for State Senate."

Video of the event can be viewed below.