Newark — Elmwood Park Councilman Joe Dombrowski, Municipal Chairman Frank Caramagna, and Democratic Council candidate Daniel Golabek today announced their endorsements of Phil Murphy for Governor.
The endorsements are Murphy’s third major announcement of support from within Bergen County in the past week. Last Wednesday, he won the endorsement of Englewood Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, the highest-ranking elected African-American in Bergen County, and on Friday was endorsed by Teaneck Democratic Chairwoman Laura Zucker — Teaneck is Bergen County’s second-largest municipality and home to more than 12,500 registered Democratic voters.
“As a councilman, I see how events in Trenton can shape the issues we deal with here in Elmwood Park. We need a governor who is committed to working with our communities, and that person will be Phil Murphy,” said Councilman Dombrowski. “Phil has shown, especially with his proposal for a public bank to partner with municipalities to improve local infrastructure, that he is unafraid to think big and outside the box. And after years of watching Trenton try the same thing over and over, with no results, that’s exactly the kind of thinking we need.”
“Phil Murphy has put together a campaign that is willing to both embrace the change that New Jersey needs and that can win, plain and simple,” said Chairman Caramagna, who recently was appointed to serve on borough council. “Phil has proven that he doesn’t take things for granted, and is willing to put in the shoe leather to get things done. He’s not only the candidate Democrats need to be successful, but it shows that he’ll be the hands-on governor our state needs.”
“I am excited to endorse Phil Murphy because it is time we had a governor who cared more about the things that will set our state on the right path than what’s good for him politically,” said Golabek, who currently serves on the Elmwood Park Board of Education, to which he was elected in 2013 at age 18. “The next generation of New Jerseyans do not want more leaders who put the wants of special interests before the needs of residents. I am confident that Phil not only has the guts to end Trenton’s status quo, but the ideas to move our state forward.”
Murphy said he was honored to have earned the endorsement of the Elmwood Park Democratic leadership.
“I thank Joe, Frank, and Daniel for their confidence in our campaign, and I pledge to work with them to provide leadership that listens to the voices and concerns of our communities and acts decisively,” said Murphy. “Together we will build a stronger New Jersey, with a vibrant economy that lifts up all residents, and communities where all families can find their slice of the American Dream.”