Eight Democratic legislators, including Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, today won the endorsement of the New Jersey Latino Pastors and Ministers Coalition.
The group of 375 pastors and ministers representing 37,500 parishioners in over 330 parishes, across the state is backing the re-election of Assemblywomen Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy), Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth), Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), Shanique Speight (D-Newark), and Anjelica Jimenez (D-West York), and Assemblymen Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) and Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus).
According to a statement released by the coalition, the endorsements will be announced at the congregations on Sunday.
We support not only those candidates who support our Latino demographics, but also our values: hard work, family and faith, service to the community, investment in our children, and respect for our elders,” the clergy said in a statement. “Extraordinary commitment to under-served communities marks the legislative record of the leaders we have endorsed.”
All of the endorsed legislators hold safe Democratic seats.