Cory Booker has picked up the endorsements of a pair of Democratic National Committee members from New Jersey, with Bernadette McPherson and John Graham announcing today that they will support the New Jersey senator for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The endorsement of DNC members is less significant today than it was four years ago. McPherson and Graham will have delegate status to the convention in Milwaukee, but under reforms approved last summer will no longer be able to vote for a presidential candidate on the first ballot.
The change curtailed the clout of national committee members like McPherson and Graham, who have lost their superdelegate status, unless the convention fails to nominate a candidate on the first ballot. In that instance, DNC members will be allowed to vote on subsequent ballots.
Democrats have not gone beyond the first ballot since Adlai Stevenson won in 1952.
“I’ve watched Cory work hard to bring people together as well as take on tough fights and win,” said McPherson, a former Bergen County freeholder and Rutherford mayor. “He’ll do both for the American people and that’s why he’ll make a great president. I’m proud to formally endorse him today.”
Graham said that Booker’s career “has been defined by fighting for justice for people who have been left out or left behind.”
“We need him in the White House fighting to restore justice for all, and I’m excited to endorse his candidacy for president today,” said Graham, an Essex County insurance executive and the owner of InsiderNJ.
The endorsements come the day before Booker kicks off his campaign with a rally in Newark.