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Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Jr., left, with Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr.

Jones endorses Small for re-election in Atlantic City

Jones, Foley served as freshman assemblymen together in 1994

By David Wildstein, June 01 2021 9:58 am

Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, who is slated to become Democratic State Chairman later this month, has endorsed Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. for re-election in next week’s Democratic primary.

“Marty Small became mayor of Atlantic City at a time of severe crisis for his city and only months before the Covid-19 pandemic would shut down the state, which makes his record of accomplishment more remarkable,” Jones stated. “Few mayors can claim to have lowered taxes, reduced spending, improved public safety and expanded services for residents during this time.

Small faces Thomas Foley, a former assemblyman and freeholder and a retired Atlantic City firefighter.

Jones and Foley served together in the State Assembly from 1994 to 1996.  They were both freshman Democratic assemblyman.

Foley, a Democrat, backed Donald Trump for President in 2020.

“His sound leadership has restored confidence in city government and is attracting investment in the local economy,” Jones said.  “New Jersey needs Atlantic City to be a thriving, successful city, and Atlantic City needs Mayor Small.”

Gov. Phil Murphy endorsed Small last Friday.

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