The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) announced today their endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill for reelection in NJ-11.
“Now more than ever, we need Members of Congress who understand the challenges our firefighters and emergency medical personnel face every day as they go to work to protect our communities. We need leaders who stand up and fight for our concerns, and we need leaders who share our values. Mikie is that leader that the working men and women of the PFANJ can rely on, and that is why we are proud to endorse her for the 11th District of New Jersey once again,” said Steve McConlogue, President of the PFANJ.
“New Jersey has the best first responders and public servants in the nation, and we are profoundly grateful for their work and sacrifices to keep our communities safe,” said Sherrill. “It is an honor to work in Congress to support that mission. I am proud to have the backing of the PFANJ, and I remain dedicated to bringing our tax dollars back to support New Jersey first responders, along with eliminating the windfall elimination provision that has impacted so many of their retirees’ pensions.”
The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey was originally established and chartered as a State Association by the International Association of Fire Fighters on October 29, 1929. Today, the PFANJ has grown to upwards of seventy local unions of varying size and complexity, representing over half of New Jersey’s approximately 6,000 professional firefighters. In addition, the PFANJ represents more than 500 EMS professionals. Their local affiliates range from small fire districts to full-time round-the-clock suburban fire and rescue agencies, to the state’s largest and busiest urban fire departments.
Sherrill has advocated for first responders throughout her tenure in office. She fought for and succeeded in passing a permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to ensure first responders, survivors, and their families receive the support and healthcare they need and deserve. She helped secure FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants for multiple towns in NJ-11, in addition to securing SAFER grants and American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program funding to help with hiring and firefighter safety for departments throughout New Jersey. She voted to increase funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry and other resources to support first responders injured in the line of duty. Rep. Sherrill is also a leading fighter for the repeal of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap to bring additional tax relief for middle class families, first responders, and teachers.