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Passaic County Sheriff Candidate Jerry Speziale Secures Endorsement from U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright

PASSAIC COUNTY – The campaign for Passaic County Sheriff is gaining momentum as seasoned law enforcement leader and legendary crimefighter Jerry Speziale receives a significant endorsement from U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA D-08). Representative Cartwright, known for his dedication to public service and commitment to community safety, has thrown his support behind Speziale's candidacy, citing his proven track record and work ethic.


“I am excited to add my voice to the full-throated chorus of people supporting Jerry Speziale for Sheriff of Passaic County,” said Representative Cartwright. “Chief Speziale served for a number of years as the Police Chief for the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. As the U.S. Congressman for the 8th congressional district of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Hazleton, I worked alongside him in helping build up the Hazleton Police Department, and I learned the character of the man. Jerry Speziale is a tireless worker, a servant of the people, and a man totally dedicated to the safety and welfare of the people he serves. A vote for Jerry Speziale is a vote for public safety.”


Speziale, is a decorated law enforcement veteran with over three decades of experience, which included being Chief of Police of the Hazelton, PA Police Department from 2016 to 2019. Representative Cartwright, as the congressman for that district, worked with Speziale during that time to deliver on funding and resources for the Hazelton Police Department. Speziale’s endorsement of Representative Cartwright helped him defend his record against Republican opponents who were falsely accusing him of defunding the police.


"I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright," said Speziale. "Our work together represents the fact that principle comes before politics. Representative Cartwright's endorsement underscores the importance of this election and the need for experienced leadership in ensuring the safety and security of Passaic County residents. I am committed to working tirelessly to uphold the trust placed in me by both Representative Cartwright and the people of Passaic County."


With the endorsement of Representative Cartwright, Speziale's list of endorsements continues to grow. He joins the long list of labor unions which includes the Passaic County Central Labor Council, Passaic County Building and Construction Trades, AFSCME Local 2272 and most recently the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. 


As the current Public Safety Director for the City of Paterson and the former Sheriff of Passaic County, Speziale has a proven track record of implementing effective strategies to combat crime, enhance public safety, and build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. His unwavering commitment to public safety and his proven leadership make him the clear choice to lead the Passaic County Sheriff's Office into a new era of excellence.


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