Bernie Sanders endorsed Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) for re-election in New Jersey’s 12th district today, calling her “one of Donald Trump’s strongest opponents in Congress.
“Her voice is an important one in Washington as we push forward with the important work of making a more fair and just America for everyone,” Sanders said.
Watson Coleman faces shadowy perennial candidate Lisa McCormick in next week’s Democratic primary.
“Bonnie has always been a strong, progressive voice in the fight for the needs of working families,” Sanders said. “She understands that health care is a human right and the importance of a Medicare for All single payer program to cover every American. She wants to create millions of good paying jobs, and rebuild our infrastructure and energy systems.”
This is Sanders’ second endorsement in New Jersey’s July 7 primary. He is also backing Arati Kreibich in her challenge to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th district.
Watson Coleman is Sanders’ first pick of an organization-backed candidate. She is running on the line with Joe Biden.
Sanders has not endorsed his New Jersey campaign co-chairman, Lawrence Hamm, in his U.S. Senate bid against incumbent Cory Booker.
Watson Coleman, who had initially backed favorite-son Booker in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, praised Sanders’ progressive values.
“The Senator’s fighting spirit and commitment to the things he believes in have never wavered and, as a result, he has been a leader in shifting our national conversation towards fixing critical issues that will help working families everywhere,” she said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the Senator in the fight to advance our Progressive ideals.”