Demonstrating community-wide support in a Democrat stronghold, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today announced the support of a broad cross-section of Bayonne leaders who represent nearly every facet of business, civic, cultural, professional, and religious life in the community.
Governor Christie traveled to Bayonne today to meet with these leaders, discuss the progress his Administration has made for the city, and accept their support in his campaign for reelection.
“Governor Christie is focused on getting the job done. He has reached across the aisle for Democrats to join him in enacting reforms that will make our state better for generations to come,” said Mike O’Connor, former Bayonne Democratic Municipal Chairman. “Here in Bayonne, Governor Christie has worked with our local officials to bring millions of dollars to our city, improving our roads and infrastructure, and invested in projects that boost the local economy and create jobs, including the raising of the Bayonne Bridge. For all that and much more, I am proud as a lifelong Democrat to join so many members of my party in standing with our governor and supporting his campaign.”
Bayonne, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in registration by a six to one margin (52.2% to 8.3%), was carried by President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election by 33 points.
“These men and women span the business, religious, cultural, and civic groups that are the fabric of this community. It’s an honor to have their support today,” said Governor Christie. “Even more – I’m proud of what it says about how we’ve governed – focusing on results, getting important things done for our constituents, and delivering in a meaningful way for communities like Bayonne.”
Since taking office, Governor Christie has taken action to make real, tangible progress and secure critical investments benefitting Bayonne residents and the region. Construction is now underway on the $1.3 billion project to raise and modernize the Bayonne Bridge, creating more than 2,500 construction jobs here in New Jersey. The total regional economic impact of the project will result in approximately $380 million in annual wages, and $1.6 billion in annual economic activity.
Governor Christie is providing state support for K-12 schools in New Jersey at the highest level in history – more than any other governor, ever. As part of that commitment Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget increased state aid to Bayonne schools by nearly $500,000. Further, the Christie Administration has provided $13.5 million in SDA funding to upgrade nine public schools in Bayonne.
Today’s announcement adds to the extensive cross-aisle support Governor Christie has earned in Hudson County, including State Senator Brian Stack and all four Union City Commissioners, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and all six members of the Secaucus Town Council, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough and all eight members of the Harrison City Council.
Bayonne Community Leaders Standing With Governor Christie:
Mike O'Connor, former Bayonne Democratic Committee Chairman and current committee member
John Majmundar, Bayonne Chamber of Commerce, Member
Elizabeth Jessen, former Bayonne Democratic Committee member
Bishop Dr. Thomas Robinson, Pastor, Evangelical Gospel Tabernacle, Bayonne
Michele Levine, President, Bayonne Jewish Community Center
Edward Mayo, former Bayonne Democratic Committee member
Greg Scott, Trustee, Free Mason Peninsula Lodge, Bayonne
Virginia Kemp, Trustee, Bayonne Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Past-President, Bayonne Rotary Club; Past Board Member Marist High School
Carmine Borzelli, Bayonne Library Board of Trustees; 2008 Grand Marshal, Bayonne St. Patrick's Day Parade; former. Bayonne Democratic Committee Member
Mary Ann Rowland, Bayonne Chamber of Commerce, Trustee; Bayonne Public Library, Board of Trustees, Treasurer
Erin Jessen, Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, member; Fmr. Bayonne Democratic Committee Member
Dorothy Dillin, former Bayonne Democratic County committee member