Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) has endorsed Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman for State Assembly in the 21st district.
Mandelblatt and Gunderman won the backing of the Union County Democratic organization last Sunday, but Somerset and Morris County – which make up 25% of the Democratic primary votes – have not yet endorsed in what was a seven-candidate field.
“I couldn’t be more proud to support Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacy Gunderman for Assembly,” Malinowski said. “Fighting for the priorities that matter most to New Jersey, from improving our transportation infrastructure to making our state more affordable, will take strong allies at all levels of government and I can think of no one better to stand beside than Lisa and Stacy.”
Mandelblatt had been a candidate for the for Congress in 2018, but dropped out of the race to support Malinowski at a time when the race Democratic nomination in the 7th was still highly competitive.
“Lisa Mandelblatt selflessly put aside her personal aspirations and worked tirelessly, everyday, to elect a Congress that will stand up for New Jersey. She threw herself into our campaign last year and was instrumental to making us successful,” Malinowski said. “Lisa was an invaluable adviser, organizer and fundraiser who I know will bring the same selfless dedication to serving LD21.”
One of the Democrats beaten by Mandelblatt and Gunderman on Sunday was Goutam Jois, a Summit attorney who finished third in the 2018 Democratic primary against Malinowski. Jois won just 14% of the vote.
Jois remains an Assembly candidate despite receiving no votes at his home country screening committee.
Malinowski also praised Gunderman, the New Providence Democratic municipal chair. Malinowski carried New Providence by 376 votes last year – a town that Republican Leonard Lance won in his five previous house races.
“Stacey Gunderman has done incredible work building up the New Providence Democrats and igniting a spirit of activism in LD21,” Malinowski said. “I had the pleasure of joining the buses of students she organized from our district to speak out against gun violence at the March for Our Lives. The leadership, drive, and focus she showed that day and throughout the campaign make her a formidable candidate and Assemblywoman.”
Mandelblatt and Gunderman are seeking to challenge Republican incumbents Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R-Summit).