U.S. Senator Cory Booker is taking sides in the Atlantic City mayoral race, endorsing incumbent Marty Small, Sr. for the Democratic nomination.
“I look forward to continuing my work with Mayor Small to bring people together and deliver real results for the people of Atlantic City,” Booker said.
Small’s opponent, Pamela Thomas-Fields, has endorsed Booker’s primary rival, former Newark school board member Lawrence Hamm.
While Small is running on the Atlantic County Democratic organization line in the July 7 primary election, Booker has rejected the party endorsement and is running off the line on a slate with Democratic congressional candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison.
Thomas-Field is allied with the Atlantic City Democratic organization, which is backing Amy Kennedy for Congress.
Booker had high praise for Small, who became mayor last October after Frank Gilliam admitted to stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball league and resigned.
“From improving public safety, to investing in infrastructure, to helping support the local economy and small businesses, Mayor Small has been keeping this great New Jersey city on the rise,” Booker said.
Small that Booker “understands how ‘a small plan makes a big difference.’”