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Sussex County Democratic Chairwoman Katie Rotondi has endorsed Cory Booker for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Booker has now been endorsed by all 21 Democratic County Chairs from his home state of New Jersey.
“During one of the most divisive times in the history of our country, Senator Cory Booker is fighting for unity,” Rotondi said. “He perseveres through any adversity so he may best serve the communities he represents without ever compromising his integrity or the wellbeing of others, including those that disagree with him.”
The Rotondi endorsement comes one day after Booker participated in a Democratic presidential debate
“What makes him completely unique in this race is his ability to radiate joy to the American people at a time when we need it most,” said Rotondi. “I am honored to endorse Senator Cory Booker for President of the United States.”
In a show of home-state strength, Booker announced the endorsements of every Democratic county chair last February, including Sussex Democratic Chair Leslie Huhn. Huhn did not seek re-election in June and was succeeded by Rotondi, a former county Young Democrats chair.
While heavily Republican, Sussex is represented in Congress by two Democrats, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). Both are supporting Booker for president, along with Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and the other nine Democrats in the New Jersey House delegation.
Sussex was one of two New Jersey counties carried by Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders won Sussex by a 59%-41% margin and took Warren County with 54% of the vote.
Booker picked up the endorsement of the Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire today, and in advance of an August 11 campaign swing to Wisconsin, the New Jersey Senator was endorsed by Khary Penebaker, a former congressional candidate who is treasurer of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus.