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Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz

Atlantic City councilman switches endorsements in NJ-2 Dem House primary

Kaleem Shabazz backed Harrison in December, now he’s with Kennedy

By David Wildstein, June 10 2020 9:26 am

An Atlantic City councilman who was one of Brigid Callahan Harrison’s earliest supporters has flipped his endorsement to Amy Kennedy for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Kaleem Shabazz was among the first Atlantic County Democrats to publicly support Harrison, announcing his endorsement on December 19, along with Freeholder Ernest Coursey.

“When we needed Amy’s voice in Atlantic City against the change of government, she was there.  And she was one of the first to show real leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, said Shabazz, the 3rd ward councilman,  “She raised her voice and stood in solidarity with the Black community here in South Jersey, and she has reached out and spoken with many leaders of our community to engage in meaningful discussions about how we can take action to address systemic racism and injustice.”

Shabazz is also the president of the Atlantic City NAACP.

Kennedy won the Atlantic County Democratic organization line in March.

“The fight against injustice and racism is vital to South Jersey’s future and to the future of our nation,” Kennedy said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Councilman Shabazz and other leaders of the community to fight for a South Jersey where parents are able to send their children out without fear that they will be attacked because of the color of their skin and where a child born in Atlantic City has the same chance of success as anywhere else in our district.”

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