Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. has endorsed Joe Biden for president and will give him the organization line in the June 2 primary election.
Jones has made the endorsement after consulting with Democratic municipal chairs and elected officials in Essex.
“An overwhelming number of Essex County Democratic municipal chairs have united behind the candidacy of former Vice-President Joe Biden and we all agree that the leadership, integrity and trustworthiness he offers the American people is sorely needed in the White House,” said Jones.
Essex has 280,194 registered Democrats – the most in the state and a full 12% of all New Jersey Democrats in a statewide primary.
In the 2016 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton won a landslide 47,622-vote plurality, 73%-27%, over Bernie Sanders.
“These are challenging and uncertain times, and America is anxious for a President with practical experience and, above all, a compassion to address the critical issues ranging from health care to social security,” said Jones.
Jones said that Biden “has a proven record of protecting families and he has the backbone and fortitude to wage the good fight to bring back a sense of respect, normalcy and security to our country.”
Biden has won convention votes in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Warren counties by huge margins.
Biden has additionally secured endorsements from Democratic county chairs in Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, and Gloucester counties.
Morris and Somerset have decided to go with open primaries, although they still have until early April to make a final call.
During his 36 years as a U.S. Senator from Delaware, Biden was in New Jersey so frequently that he was often called the state’s third senator.
Despite his frequent appearances in New Jersey for Democratic candidates – he first campaigned in the state on October 4, 1973, stumping for gubernatorial candidate Brendan Byrne – Biden failed to receive any significant party support during his 1988 and 2008 White House bids.