Hoffa takes NJ Assembly politics personally

They may not be getting a profusion of dollars from the state Democratic Committee, but district 11 Assembly candidates John Pirnat of Brielle and John Napolitani of Interlaken tomorrow will welcome Teamsters President James P. Hoffa to speak on their behalf at a private fund-raising event, according to Pirnat.

Pirnat, the business agent and recording secretary on the executive board of local Teamsters Union 177, is running in part on a platform of jobs training and jobs creation in the hard luck shore towns here.

"Our kids need to learn a skill," said the candidate, who supports vocational training programs in public schools and an increase in the presence of local unions working with the youth to develop skills like carpentry and plumbing.

He also wants more targeted training for youth who run afoul of the law. "At the state level we need to strongly encourage apprentice programs in corrections institutions, and give young people something they can sink their teeth into professionally so they don’t go back to the same trouble once they get out," Pirnat said.

One of his opponents, David Rible, a locksmith and former Wall Township Police officer, isn’t convinced Pirnat and Napolitani - a teacher in the Asbury Park School System, can do much to curb state spending.

"I respect teachers, but I don’t believe the people of the district want a teacher and a Teamster to be the guys in Trenton to implement reforms," said Rible.


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