A prominent progressive group, BlueWaveNJ, is backing Valerie Vainieri Huttle for State Senate in the 37th district, calling her the natural successor to liberal lion Loretta Weinberg.
But the endorsement came without a pledge of money or boots on the ground, something the eight-term assemblywoman needs as she mounts an off the line challenge against the Bergen County Democratic Organization and their candidate, Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson.
“Assemblywoman Huttle has long been a champion for the LGBTQ community, women, and working families,” the group said in its statement. “She supported pay equity, earned sick leave and paid family leave legislation, and is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and those living with mental health issues.”
The group called Huttle “a lead in the fight for women’s equality,” touting passage of her law to combat human trafficking.”
“With the recent ideological shift in the Supreme Court, Assemblywoman Huttle and Senator Weinberg introduced the Reproductive Freedom Act, which will guarantee that all New Jersey women, regardless of income and immigration status, have access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care,” BlueWaveNJ said.
BlueWaveNJ last filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission in 2015 saying they didn’t expect to raise more than $5,500 in the cycle.