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Gov. Phil Murphy at the Groundbreaking for the New Portal North Bridge, August 1, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Murphy backs Burgess for Rice’s Senate seat

Governor makes endorsement in 28th district race tonight

By David Wildstein, September 09 2022 9:56 am

Governor Phil Murphy has endorsed Renee Burgess for State Senate to succeed Ronald Rice in the 28th district.

“Senator Rice is leaving the State Senate as one of its most transformational and impactful leaders, a voice of moral clarity and tireless champion of social justice,” said Murphy.  “That’s why I’m eager to endorse Irvington Council President Renee Burgess to carry on his legacy as the next Senator for District 28.

Murphy said that Burgess has “championed investments in public education, public safety, and affordable housing during her time in office.”

“I know the people of Essex County are in good hands and looking to the future with Renee Burgess representing them in Trenton,” Murphy said.  She’ll be a strong partner in our shared mission of expanding opportunity and increasing affordability for every New Jersey family.”

The governor’s endorsement comes in advance of tonight’s special election convention to fill the vacant seat caused by Rice’s resignation for health reasons, and in advance of Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark) announcing if she’s running.

Burgess, the Irvington council president, has emerged as the consensus choice for Essex County Democrats.  In addition to Murphy, she has the backing of Democratic State Chairman/Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor-Marin, Assemblywomen Shanique Speight, Newark City Councilmen Luis Quintana and Carlos Gonzalez, Essex County Commissioner Romaine Graham, and all Demcoratic councilmembers in Irvington and Bloomfield.

If Burgess wins, Essex County will have three women of color representing it in the New Jersey State Senate — the most of any county in state history.

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