Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
“From the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mikie Sherrill has always stood up for our country and our values,” Biden said in a statement released this morning. “At a time when so many in our country feel left behind by Washington, we need to send leaders like Mikie to Washington who have proven records of service to others and of getting things done. I know that Mikie Sherrill will fight hard for the interests of the middle class in New Jersey, and will make sure that their voices are heard in the halls of Congress. I am proud to endorse her today.”
Sherill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, still faces a contested primary for the Democratic nomination to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen in a district that has sent a Republican to Congress for the last 34 years.
“Vice President Biden knows exactly what it means to put the interests of our country over partisan politics,” said Sherrill. “Throughout his career, he has worked as an advocate for all Americans. Here in New Jersey, we need representatives with that same sort of dedication to public service focused on moving our country forward. I am ready to serve my country again and the people of New Jersey, and I am honored to have the Vice President’s endorsement.”
This is Biden’s second endorsement of a New Jersey congressional candidate: last month, he backed Andy Kim, a former Obama White House staffer trying to unseat Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River).