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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana). Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Scalise endorses Becchi in NJ-11

Sherrill opponent has already been endorsed by House Minority Leader

By David Wildstein, March 02 2020 9:37 am

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has endorsed Rosemary Becchi for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“Rosemary Becchi has been a tireless fighter for families living under the pressures of an increasing cost of living,” Scalise said.  “ I am impressed at how quickly people in New Jersey’s 11th District have galvanized behind her run for the House, and I am delighted to endorse her campaign to reclaim the seat from a partisan incumbent.”

Becchi, a former tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, has already won the backing of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Early endorsements from national GOP leaders like McCarthy and Scalise don’t mean much to New Jersey voters, but they are incredibly important to Becchi’s national fundraising efforts.

“ Rosemary is genuine in her concerns about the direction our nation is heading, and she shares my disdain for how some people in Washington have permitted divisive party politics to impede our progress on such important matters as making quality healthcare more affordable, reducing tax burdens on families and employers, cutting the national debt and improving the nation’s infrastructure,” Scalise in an endorsement statement.  “I am excited over the prospect of having an energized force like Rosemary joining me in Congress.”

The primary field has been largely cleared for Becchi, who dropped her bid for the GOP nomination in the 7th against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) to run against Sherrill.

Her lone primary opponent is Robert Crook, an accountant who won less than 1% as an independent House candidate two years ago.

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