EDISON – Former President Bill Clinton urged New Jerseyans to support a presidential candidate in the June 7 primary who wants to build bridges, not walls.

And that candidate is Hillary Clinton, he told the packed crowd inside the gymnasium at Edison High School.

Donna Chiera and President Bill Clinton, May 27 in Edison
Donna Chiera and President Bill Clinton, May 27 in Edison

Donna Chiera, of Perth Amboy, said she came to the high school to represent Randi Weingarten and the American Federation of Teachers, the first union that came out last year to support Hillary Clinton.

“I’m here supporting Hillary because she is committed to what I am committed to,” she said. “We share the same values — families, children, anti-poverty, protecting the environment, protecting our homeland against terrorism, education, healthcare. Those are issues that for me as an individual are very important. Not only does she stand for those ideals, she worked for them her whole career. I believe she has the knowledge, skills, the dedication and the experience to actually get the job done.”

Chiera, former president of the Perth Amboy teachers union, said she likes that Hillary Clinton doesn’t bash teachers.

“She supports teachers,” she said. “She actually when she is talking about how to move this country forward given education a program. She’s involving teachers in the discussion. She’s not looking at it from a privatized position. She’s actually collaborating with the people who actually work in the classroom. And to me that show a commitment she wants to do a really positive pro education policy. And she wants to be invested in public schools because she realizes public schools are in areas of poverty and (education) is one of the smartest ways to get children out of poverty.”


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