The New Jersey State Council of the United Transportation Union (ATU), the union representing more than 8,000 NJ Transit employees and other transportation workers, today announced its endorsement of Rep. Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) for Mercer County Supervisor.

“Dan Benson will be an outstanding county executive,” New Jersey State Council Chairman Orlando Riley said in a statement. “We will miss him in the State Assembly, but we know he will be a great leader for Mercer County. He has more than earned the support of our members as well as all working families across the county.”

Benson is complicated five-term incumbent County Supervisor Brian Hughes in the Democratic primary that will likely determine the eventual winner in the blue county. Both candidates have vowed to continue their campaigns even if they don’t win the organizational line, meaning the race is likely to go all the way to a competitive election in June.

Both Hughes and Benson have already built significant fan lists, including from work; Hughes has support nine construction unionswhile Benson has Communications Workers of America, International Labor Union of North Americaand Local plumbers and pipelines 9 in his corner.

“As we all know, Trenton does – the world takes,” Riley said. “Dan Benson will take all of his experience to the Statehouse and bring it back to the people of Mercer County.”

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