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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sires’ progressive primary challenger drops bid, endorses Oseguera

Jonathan Munitz backing another challenger from the left

By Nikita Biryukov, November 27 2019 11:18 am

One of Rep. Albio Sires’ progressive primary challengers dropped his bid Tuesday.

Jonathan Munitz, a financial consultant at IBM who is backing Andrew Yang for the presidency, announced he would drop his eighth district primary challenge and back Hector Oseguera, another candidate challenging the incumbent from the left.

“I’m making today’s video to announce that I’m ending my exploration of a run in the eighth district of New Jersey and am dropping out to endorse Hector Oseguera,” Munitz said in a video uploaded to Youtube. “I originally wanted to run because I’m a problem solver and our district had a problem of complacency where a do-nothing, no-show Democrat like Albio Sires was in office serving us, and nobody was willing to step up to the plate in 2018 to challenge him.”

Sires has represented the district now called the eighth since 2006.

It’s a safely Democratic one made up mostly of cities in Hudson County.

Other Democratic members of the state’s House delegation — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer, Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell — face their own primary challenges from the left.

Oseguera is mounting his bid with a progressive platform backing policies like Medicare for All and marijuana legalization.

He faces one of the state’s most robust Democratic machines.

“The progressive [wave emoji] in #NJ08 is coming together!” the progressive said on Twitter.

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