Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh has endorsed Mike Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination, giving the burgeoning campaign support from the mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city.
Sayegh is the first endorsement is the first for Bloomberg in Passaic County, where New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie is the county chairman. This also gives Bloomberg support from the state’s highest ranking Arab-American elected official.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), who represents more than 120,000 Passaic County residents – about one-quarter of the county – endorsed Bloomberg last week.
“Reducing gun violence in Paterson is my chief priority, and Michael Bloomberg has been a fierce leader on this important issue, taking on the gun lobby and siding with Americans fighting for sensible gun laws,” Sayegh said. “Mike has also consistently supported and promoted an urban agenda that focuses on data-driven policy, civic innovation, and sustainability-all values that we embrace in Paterson.”
Sayegh was elected mayor in a landslide two years ago after serving ten years on the city council. He served as an aide to Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and as chief of staff to State Sen. John Girgenti (D-Hawthorne.
“As the mayor of the third-largest city in the State of New Jersey and one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Mayor Sayegh is on the forefront of leading an economic renaissance to revitalize the city of Paterson and recognizes that Mike Bloomberg is the best candidate to support those efforts,” said Bloomberg state director Michael Muller. “This latest endorsement continues to reflect the building momentum in New Jersey for Mike’s candidacy and is the latest example of the deep support he is building for New Jersey’s presidential primary.”
Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark was an early supporter of Joe Biden, endorsing him before favorite-son Cory Booker withdrew from the race.
On Sunday, Bloomberg’s fledgling campaign came within four votes of winning the organization line in Hunterdon County at the first-in-the-state county convention.
Bloomberg was endorsed by Millville Mayor Michael Santiago last week, along with elected officials in Monmouth and Burlington counties.
“Mike’s investments in programs such as the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, Financial Empowerment Centers, and CityLab have created a nationwide network of passionate municipal leaders who share best practices and new ideas that positively impact millions across the country,” Sayegh said. “In a special way, I enthusiastically embrace Mike’s Greenwood Initiative, an ambitious yet attainable vision for economic mobility and homeownership which would provide a game-changing level of federal support for cities like Paterson.”