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State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Rice endorses Biden

Rice endorses Biden

By David Wildstein, January 24 2020 11:11 am

State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), the longest-serving African American senator in New Jersey history and the chairman of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

The endorsement was first reported by POLITICO earlier this morning.

Since Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race last week, three other prominent New Jersey Democrats have announced their support of Biden: former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) and Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).

Rice and Codey were not among the list of New Jersey politicians who endorsed Booker for president.

Rice and Booker have a complicated past, and Rice ran against Booker for mayor of Newark in 2006 after incumbent Sharpe James retired.

Malinowski and Payne endorsed Booker in February 2019.

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