Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) has endorsed Brigid Callahan Harrison for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
“She is the only candidate that can take on and beat Jeff Van Drew in the general election,” said Sires, a Hudson County Democrat who served in Congress for four years with Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), the husband of Harrison rival Amy Kennedy.
Harrison also has the endorsement of U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. Booker has eschewed the organization lines in Atlantic and Ocean counties to bracket with Harrison on the July 7 Democratic primary ballot.
Sires, a former Assembly Speaker, said he felt it was time to step up and help Democrats regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Let’s face it, these are certainly no ordinary times,” he said. “As each day passes, it seems yet another issue or crisis showcases the dire situation we all face – and in good conscious, I simply will no longer sit on the sidelines.”
The eight-term congressman credits Harrison for being the first to say she might challenge Van Drew in the Democratic primary after he voted against impeachment inquiries against President Donald Trump. Van Drew switched parties at the end of last year.
“She had the guts to do it before it was in the mainstream,” Sires stated.
Sires faces primary opposition next month from progressives Hector Oseguera and Will Sheehan.
“I recognize the significant step Congressman Sires is taking today in endorsing during our primary,” said Harrison. “I deeply appreciate the trust he has in our campaign, his decision to step up and engage, and will continue to work as hard as I can until we have beaten Jeff Van Drew and Donald Trump.”