ATU Endorses Assemblyman Dan Benson for Mercer County Executive

Pointing to his strong support for public transit and working families, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) New Jersey State Council, representing more than 8,000 workers at New Jersey Transit – including Local 540 in Trenton – and other private bus companies in the state, proudly supports Assemblyman Dan Benson for Mercer County Executive.

During his career in the Assembly, which has stretched for a dozen years, Dan Benson has been a champion of mass transit and organized labor in the legislature. As Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, he has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of New Jersey Transit workers.

“Dan Benson will be a great County Executive,” said Orlando Riley, Chair of the ATU New Jersey State Council. “We will miss him in the State Assembly, but we know that he will be a tremendous leader for Mercer County. He has more than earned the support of our  members as well as all working families throughout the county.”

Chairman Benson has supported increased funding for bus and rail service and led the charge to modernize and reform NJ Transit. He was instrumental in the passage of the Motorbus and Passenger Rail Service Employee Violence Prevention Act, which increased penalties for assaults on transit workers. In recent years, ATU members in NJ have been the victims of some brutal attacks, including a woman who was pregnant.

Benson has also worked to improve the lives of our passengers, including New Jerseyans with disabilities who rely on paratransit service. Thanks to his bill, any person eligible for Access Link may now take advantage of NJ Transit’s reduced fare program for seniors and passengers with disabilities.

In addition to transportation issues, the Assemblyman has been one of the leading voices on legislation tackling the opioid epidemic, and he has helped cut out-of-pocket costs for New Jersey patients.

“As we all know, Trenton Makes – The World Takes,” Riley continued. “Dan Benson will take all of his experience in the State House and give back to the residents of Mercer County.”

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