New Jersey Working Families has endorsed most of New Jersey’s Democratic congressional delegation in the upcoming general election, but stopped short of backing Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The progressive grass roots organization backed Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in the 8th after supporting his primary opponent, Hector Oseguera, in the July Democratic primary.
Endorsements also went to U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). New Jersey Working Families also endorsed Democrat Stephanie Schmid, who is facing 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in the 4th district.
New Jersey Working Families had previously endorsed Amy Kennedy against Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in the 2nd district and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) in the 12th.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime. While we believe in the necessity of competitive primaries, we know when it’s time to unite to fight to oust a dangerous threat to our democracy,” said Sue Altman, the groups’ director. “We stand with nearly every member of our Congressional delegation- and progressive down ballot candidates– as we fight to beat back racism, sexism, economic inequity, and the horrible effects of this godforsaken pandemic.”
Endorsements also went to Democratic State Senate candidate Rupande Mehta, who is challenging interim GOP incumbent Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) in the 25th district special election.
No endorsement was given in the special election for Bucco’s old Assembly seat. Interim Republican Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) faces Democrat Darcy Draeger, the Chester Democratic Municipal Chair.
In the 5th district Democratic primary, New Jersey Working Families endorsed Arati Kreibich in her challenge to Gottheimer.