From Insider NJ:
ELIZABETH, NJ — The Port Driver Association delivered a powerful endorsement of conservative Republican U.S. Senate frontrunner Rik Mehta in his bid to remove Cory Booker from office. The Port Driver Association is based in New Jersey and works with truck drivers throughout the nation.
“For 20 years we have been waiting for someone like Rik Mehta to hear our voice and help us be heard,” said Edisson Villacis, President of the Port Driver Association. “We are looking forward to working with future Senator Rik Mehta to raise awareness about our situation and advocate for our group and independent drivers throughout the nation. He is the only person who has taken the time to talk to us during this time of need.”
There are over 14,000 independent drivers registered to enter the port of New Jersey alone and 125,000 independent drivers around the nation comprising of more than two-thirds of all truck drivers in America.
Villacis continued, “He truly cares about the well-being of the people in need. My group holds down the line to make sure people have the supplies they need to stay alive. We appreciate that Rik took the time to meet with us and understand the complexity of these issues. That’s why, once he is elected as our next U.S. Senator, he has committed his will to making sure not one independent driver is left behind. Rik has the qualities to make our American Dream become a reality.”
“Truck drivers are on the front lines of hauling freight during these trying times. These brave women and men have been our heroes during the coronavirus pandemic, placing themselves at risk, to ensure that people and hospitals receive much-needed supplies. I entered this race to fight for the little guy, for small business owners who are trying to achieve the American dream like I have, said U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta.”
“This fight is far from over, but I want to thank these men and women and everyone who is working to keep others safe and fed,” Mehta said. We will not forget the sacrifices you are making and send you our sincerest thanks. I will fight to make sure your voices are heard.”
Mehta’s endorsement comes on the back of his winning the majority of all Republican county lines in New Jersey giving him a significant advantage heading into the June 2 primary. Mehta’s support throughout New Jersey is far reaching and includes Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, Somerset, Passaic, Camden, Union, Gloucester, Essex, Mercer, Hudson, Hunterdon, Warren, Salem and his home county of Morris.
“My campaign continues to grow because we’re talking to folks beyond our traditional Republican base – many who feel disenfranchised with the Democrats and their inability to put policy over politics – nontraditional conservative communities, minorities, young people, and those that love America; those that have fresh faces and bold ideas to make New Jersey a place to live, not leave – together, we’re making Jersey Proud,” Mehta said.