North Brunswick – JNESO, the union representing 5,000 hospital and clinical workers, including nurses, LPNs and licensed technical employees, this morning endorsed Phil Murphy for governor.
The endorsement comes on the seventh anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act, and as President Trump and the House Republicans try to undo the law.
“For seven years, we’ve had a governor who has failed to address many of the pressing healthcare issues facing our state, we now have a President who has set his sights on repealing the ACA with no real plan to ensure that the people who need health insurance will have it,” said Elfrieda Johnson, JNESO Board President. “Every single day, our members treat patients who worry not if but when they’ll lose their healthcare, and who will be there to fight for them. Now more than ever, we need an advocate to stand beside us and fight for the people of New Jersey, and we’re proud to support Phil Murphy for governor.”
“The stakes have never been so high, and the dangers of staying silent have never been so great,” said JNESO Executive Director Doug Placa. “We know that Phil will work to ensure that every New Jerseyan has access to the quality, adorable healthcare that they deserve. And, we know that he will ensure workplace protections that value both nurses and healthcare workers and the patients they serve.”
The announcement marked the first time JNESO has ever made a gubernatorial primary endorsement.
“We must all work together to protect the ACA and the vital healthcare our residents deserve,” said Murphy. “And having the professionals of JNESO engaged in that fight means so much. I am honored to have their support, and look forward to working alongside them to protect and improve health care for all residents.”