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NJ-8 candidate David Ocampo Grajales. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Center for Biological Diversity backs Ocampo Grajales for Congress

Democrat is one of two challengers remaining against NJ-8 frontrunner Rob Menendez

By Joey Fox, April 14 2022 11:42 am

The action fund of the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered species, announced today that it is endorsing David Ocampo Grajales in the Democratic primary for the 8th congressional district.

“Ocampo Grajales truly cares about solving the issues that are important to the communities of northern New Jersey, including fighting deeply entrenched environmental injustices and tackling the global climate crisis,” Stephanie Kurose, the center’s northeast political director, said in a statement. “David is exactly the kind of bold, forward-thinking leader Congress needs, and we’re honored to endorse him.”

Ocampo Grajales is one of three Democrats running in the Hudson County-based district to succeed Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), who is retiring after 16 years in Congress. The primary’s clear frontrunner is Port Authority Commissioner Rob Menendez, the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who has the county line in all three of the district’s counties.

The third candidate in the race is Amistad Commission member Ane Roseborough-Eberhard, who launched her campaign just this month. Two others, entrepreneur Brian Varela and Seton Hall law professor Eugene Mazo, were kicked off the ballot earlier this week for having insufficient signatures.

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