The Hospitality and Gaming Trades Council has endorsed Robert J. Menendez for the Democratic congressional nomination in New Jersey’s 8th District, giving him the backing of powerful labor leader Richard Maroko.
“Rob has shown us that he understands this moment and what it means for workers,” said HTC president Maroko. “Workers face unique challenges as we emerge from the pandemic, and Rob has shown us that he is ready to fight for the right of workers to meet these challenges collectively and democratically.
Menendez, commissioner of the Port Authority and son of the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the clear favorite for Rep. Albio Sires’ (D-West New York) seat. Sires is retiring after serving as the Hudson-based house headquarters since 2006.
A resident of Montclair, Maroko leads a politically powerful union representing approximately 40,000 employees in the hospitality and gaming industry in New York and New Jersey,
In 2019, Maroco and his union spent more than a million dollars to succeed a referendum to regulate the short-term rental sector in Jersey City in a costly fight with Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. voters approved the orderwhich had the support of Mayor Steven Fulop, with a landslide of 70%.
“I’m confident he’ll do a great job in Congress, and our union is proud to support him,” Maroko said of Menendez.