By Lauren Wanko
Thirteen busloads of union members joined Gov. Chris Christie in Aberdeen today to show their support for his bid for reelection.
“This campaign has just started, but I doubt I that I’ll have many better days then the day I was endorsed by the Laborers International Union of North America,” Christie said.
“You’ve been with us, we’re all in with you, the Christie train has left the station. We are driving it. We’re in the engine,” said Laborers International Union of North America Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond Pocino.
It was a first for Christie. The union, which represents more than 20,000 laborers across New Jersey, endorsed Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009. Pocino highlighted projects such as Atlantic City’s newest resort Revel, crediting Christie for his work and the amount of industry jobs generated from the initiatives. As for Christie’s opposition in the upcoming election, so far Sen. Barbara Buono is the only Democrat to enter the race against Christie.
“Let me tell you I have no damn idea who I’m going to be running against and quite frankly I don’t care,” Christie said. “No matter who the other side nominates, this election is going to be about a choice. Do you want to go back to our failed yesterdays? Do you want to go back to an image of New Jersey that’s corrupt and a joke? Or do we want to continue to move towards the hopeful tomorrow that we’re going to provide together?”
Nearly 700 union members crowded around the stage, eager to show their support.
“I am in this thing and I believe you’re in it with me because we are going to win and we are going to win big and that’s what it’s all about,” Christie said.
Christie says he plans to tour the state over the next 10 months on the campaign trail. He says he’s ready for a fight — a fight he says will be easier with the union members’ support.