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Black pastors back Murphy, Oliver for second term

By David Wildstein, July 07 2021 7:12 pm

Citing their commitment to ending racial inequities and praising their progressive agenda, more than 260 African American faith leaders across New Jersey today endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver for re-election.

“Governor Murphy has shown a deep commitment to humanity, compassion, and advancing equity,” said Rev. Charles Boyer, the pastor of the Greater Mount Zion AME Church and founder of Salvation and Social Justice, “It is critical he gets a second term so we can continue to work on critical issues for the Black community.”

Boyer does not typically endorse candidates for office.

Among the clergy members backing Murphy are Rev. John Taylor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton, Rev. Louise Scott-Roundtree of the Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark, and Bishop Toyin Laoye of  the RCCG Dominion Cathedral in Newark, the first woman parish pastor in North America.

“No politician is perfect, and none will accomplish everything they promised without having some things fall in place,” Laoye stated. “But I can say without equivocation, I fully support Governor Murphy because of his consistency, his intentional push for inclusiveness, his exceptional leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic, and the major campaign promises he has already kept. He must be reelected to finish the job.”

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