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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris at a womens town hall hosted by NARAL at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines, Iowa, July 3, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Statements on Harris VP pick

By Nikita Biryukov, August 11 2020 4:56 pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced he had chosen U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris to run on his ticket as vice president Tuesday. Here’s how New Jersey reacted.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LORETTA WEINBERG

“I am overjoyed that he has picked a brilliant, able and experienced, person Who also happens to be a black woman! She is a great debater, an experienced office holder, a tough and outstanding prosecutor, and a great role model for my California grandchildren! I am happy and anxious to work for this winning ticket!”

SENATE PRESIDENT STEVE SWEENEY

“I think it’s an outstanding thing, I really do. He had a lot of great people to choose from. I think he made an outstanding pick.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“Great news! VP Biden is headed for victory and Senator Harris will be an incredible partner. She’s a lifelong public servant and an inspiration to millions of women and girls. Biden/Harris 2020!!”

REP. ANDY KIM

“I’ve seen what a true partnership in the White House can accomplish, and I know that @KamalaHarris will make a fantastic Vice President. Biden Harris is a strong and historic ticket with a vision for our communities that puts service ahead of petty politics.”

REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

“I congratulate my CBC colleague and AKA Sister Kamala Harris on being the Dem nominee for Vice President: an excellent choice. Kamala is a strong addition to the ticket and will make us all proud.”

REP. BILL PASCRELL

“Congratulations @KamalaHarris !Great choice by @JoeBiden! Look forward to electing the Biden-Harris team in November. Let’s go win this thing!”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN CAROL MURPHY

“I’m so excited that  @KamalaHarris has been selected to run for Vice President! She has been a champion for our values, is a principled leader and will help unite our nation. I’m proud to support #BidenHarris2020!”

STATE SEN. VIN GOPAL

“Historic appointment. As an Indian-American, Senator Harris’ selection gives me a lot of pride to see her as the Vice Presidential pick. Her experience, resume and background will make her an outstanding Vice President.”

REP. DONALD PAYNE JR.

“VP Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate. There are people who have questioned her past. I’ve learned in the past several days that the past is the past and you have to put it behind you to move forward in a positive manner. Biden’s selection of Harris means we have a Democratic team that represents the diversity in America. Now that the VP has been chosen, it is time for us to rally behind this ticket so we can move forward as a nation.”

REP. DONALD NORCROSS

“@JoeBiden picking @KamalaHarris is the right choice for America. Proud to work to ensure that Sen. Harris will become the next Vice President of the United States!”

GOV. PHIL MURPHY

“Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris is a watershed moment in American politics that reflects how far our society has come.  She is the exact right person to step into this crucial leadership role at one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. The daughter of immigrants and someone who has dedicated her life to public service, Kamala Harris’ story is the American Dream come to life. Her passion, toughness and dedication to helping improve peoples’ lives will make her an incredible asset to our Democratic ticket. Just like Vice President Biden, Senator Harris is ready to lead from day one and move us forward. I look forward to doing everything in my power to elect her and Joe Biden this November.”

DEMOCRATIC STATE CHAIRMAN JOHN CURRIE

“Kamala Harris has demonstrated the ability to lead and the dedication to serve the public interest, and she is a fantastic selection to be Joe Biden’s running mate.  Joe Biden has delivered on his promise to empower a woman leader to stand beside him, and in selecting Senator Harris he has chosen someone with all of the necessary skills and experience to flourish in this new role. I could not be more proud to lead our New Jersey Democratic State Committee in supporting the Biden-Harris campaign and to help elect the first Black woman and the first South Asian American to serve as Vice President.”

U.S. SEN. CORY BOOKER

“This isn’t the first time my friend and sister Kamala Harris has made history and it won’t be the last. She is a fearless and inspiring leader who will help Vice President Biden bring our country together  to build a more just, fair country for everyone. I can’t wait to call her Madam Vice President.”

REP. BILL PASCRELL, JR.
“Paired with Vice President Biden’s unmatched experience in government, Senator Harris brings a powerful voice for justice and equality as a prosecutor and a relentless advocacy for a progressive future. This is a historic moment, a beautiful moment for our diverse nation. A Black and Asian American woman is going to enter the White House. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will clean up Republicans’ messes and steer the nation toward a better future. In this election we are taking on the most corrupt, ruthless opposition in over a hundred years. The Biden-Harris ticket is a fantastic team that will carry Democrats into office up and down the ballot.”

REP. ALBIO SIRES

“Vice President Biden has chosen a strong running mate in Senator Kamala Harris. She has consistently challenged the Trump Administration’s policies and has been a strong voice for marginalized groups who, for far too long, have not seen themselves reflected in their leaders. Her track record on key issues makes her an excellent choice to take on the Trump Pence ticket. November’s election is critically important for many reasons and I believe Senator Harris, as the first woman of color on a major party ticket, is the right choice to confront the challenges Americans face.”

LGBTQ+ FOR BIDEN NJ CO-CHAIRS JOE FORTE AND LAUREN ALBRECHT

“LGBTQ+ for Biden NJ is so excited Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate.  This is a historic choice and a winning ticket.  Biden has outlined a strong plan to advance LGBTQ+ equality at home and abroad.  We are grateful for their ongoing support and let’s win this in November.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“We are in unprecedented times and in need of staunch advocates for the people and dedicated public servants with unparalleled experience to take the helm in Washington. BidenHarris2020 is that team.  I applaud Senator Kamala Harris’ selection as the candidate for Vice President. She led a formidable campaign for the presidency and has shown America her spirit is dedicated to the fight for the White House.  Biden is absolutely correct. Senator Harris is the right choice for America.”

LT. GOVERNOR SHEILA OLIVER 

“Today’s Vice President choice is a huge milestone for women. Senator Kamala Harris is a bold leader who has spent her life fighting for criminal justice and healthcare reform, and tackling income inequality. As a woman of color, I’m proud to see the first black woman running on a major party ticket.”

REPUBLICAN STATE CHAIRMAN DOUG STEINHARDT

“Picking Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate confirms what we already know about Joe Biden’s candidacy- if he wins, he will be a tool of the most wildly liberal wing of his party. She supports socialized medicine, trillions in new taxes, and is open to a radical court packing scheme. New Jersey already has a radical liberal governor, and we definitely don’t need far left policies coming down to us from DC. That’s what we would get from the Biden-Harris ticket and the Liberal Congressional Quartet of Gottheimer, Sherrill, Malinowski, and Kim, and that is why we are going to put everything we’ve got into defeating them all this fall.”

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