The New York Times has endorsed Mikie Sherrill for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
“Voters will find little significant policy differences between Ms. Sherrill and Ms. (Tamara) Harris, who are the leading candidates and hold traditional liberal views, including support for stricter gun control measures and Roe v. Wade,” the New York Times wrote. “The primary race has been marked by insinuations from some of Ms. Harris’s backers that local and national Democratic Party leaders rejected her in favor of Ms. Sherrill because Ms. Harris is African-American. We suspect it is Ms. Sherrill’s military background and strong showing early in the race, drumming up support for months while Mr. Frelinghuysen was still expected to run, that made her so attractive to party leaders. But leaders of both parties should do far more to recruit and support black and Latino candidates, and pursue black and Latino votes with vigor. Democrats rely heavily on African-American voters, and even more so on black women, yet have done far too little to earn their votes.”
The endorsement is for the June 5 Democratic primary, where Sherrill and Harris are facing off for the open seat of 12-term Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Also in the race are Mitchell Cobert, Mark Washburne and Alison Heslin.
The newspaper said that Sherrill and Harris “are both capable of serving their constituents well.”
“But we believe Ms. Sherrill is the strongest candidate, and endorse her with confidence,” the NYT editorial said.