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Montclair State University professor Brigid Callahan Harrison is considering running against Jeff Van Drew.
Montclair State University professor Brigid Callahan Harrison is running against Jeff Van Drew.

Mazzeo, Armato endorse Brigid Harrison for Congress

Democratic legislators take sides in primary to challenge Van Drew

By David Wildstein, January 07 2020 1:01 pm

The two Democratic assemblymen from Atlantic County – Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena Vista) — have endorsed Brigid Callahan Harrison for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

“Brigid has deep roots in Atlantic County and has the integrity to fight for South Jersey in Washington,” Mazzeo and Armato said.  “Brigid shares our values and will work to reduce gun violence, combat climate change, protect our healthcare, improve our infrastructure and always be on our side.”

Harrison, a political science professor and former secretary of the Atlantic County Democratic organization, is one of four Democrats seeking to challenge party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

The endorsements will help Harrison as she competes in an open convention in March for the organization line in Atlantic County.

She has the endorsements of Democratic county chars in Cape May, Cumberland, Camden, Gloucester, Burlington and Salem counties, and the backing of some Atlantic Democratic officeholders, including Freeholder Ernest Coursey.

The Atlantic County Democratic Chairman, Michael Suleiman, has not made any endorsements.

Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett, former public school teacher Amy Kennedy, and West May Commissioner John Francis III, are also seeing the Democratic nod.

“When Rep. Van Drew betrayed us by opposing the impeachment inquiry, Brigid stood tall and held him accountable, she is the right woman at the right time to send Van Drew packing,” Mazzeo and Armato said.  “We wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy because Brigid already has demonstrated that she is the clear choice to fight for our values, and will never back down.  Brigid Callahan Harrison will make us proud as the first woman to ever represent South Jersey in the United States House of Representatives.”

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