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South Jersey goes for Biden in massive endorsement

Senate President Steve Sweeney endorses Biden, along with six county chairs and every South Jersey legislator

By David Wildstein, March 11 2020 3:35 pm

South Jersey Democrats moved solidly behind Joe Biden for president today in a gargantuan organizational juggernaut that includes endorsements from Senate President Steve Sweeney, seven Democratic county chairs and every Democratic legislator in the southern part of the state.

The group of 121 Democratic elected officials and party leaders follows an announcement this morning that Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) was backing Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden will likely receive the organization lines in South Jersey, the New Jersey Globe has learned.  The South Jersey block makes up about 21% of the total Democratic voters statewide.

“There’s only one person in this race who can unite the party and help us win Democratic races around the country, and that’s Joe Biden. He has the ability and the character to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Sweeney said.  “As a labor leader, I can say that Vice-President Biden has always stood by the working men and women of our nation and I look forward to calling him the next President of the United States of America.”

Joining Sweeney and Norcross in backing Biden are State Sens. Fred Madden (D-Washington Township) and Jim Beach (D-Voorhees) and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Voorhees).

Madden and Beach are both county chairmen – Madden in Gloucester and Beach in Camden.  Five other county chairs are also now in the Biden camp: Michael Suleiman in Atlantic, Joe Andl in Burlington, Brendan Sciarra in Cape May, Steve Errickson in Cumberland, and Steve Caltabiano in Salem.

Biden has also received the endorsements of fourteen addition New Jersey legislators: State Sens. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington), Troy Singleton (D-Delran) and Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham); Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield), John Armato (D-Buena), John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), Adam Taliaferro (D-Woolwich), Paul Moriarty (D-Washington Township), Bill Moen (D-Camden), William Spearman (D-Camden), and Herb Conaway (D-Delran); and Assemblywomen Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester Township), Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill) and Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel).

Also endorsing Biden: Atlantic County freeholder Ernest Coursey; Burlington County freeholders Felicia Hopson, Balvir Singh, Daniel O’Connor and Linda Haynes; Burlington County sheriff Anthony Basantis; and Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz; Camden County freeholders Louis Cappelli, Ed McDonnell, Jeff Nash, Carmen Rodriguez, Jon Young, Melinda Hopkins Kane, and Barbara Holcumb; Camden County sheriff Whip Wilson; Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa; Cumberland County freeholders Joe Derella and Jim Quinn; Cumberland County sheriff Albert Austino; Cumberland County clerk Celeste Riley; Gloucester County freeholders Robert Damminger, Frank DiMarco, Heather Simmons, Lyman Barnes, Jim Jefferson, and James Lavender; Gloucester County clerk Jim Hogan; and Gloucester County sheriff Carmel Morina.

Biden has also picked up the backing of mayors Frank Moran of Camden, Susan Shin Angulo of Cherry Hill, Pete Byron of Wildwood, Mike Santiago of Millville, Albert Kelly of Vineland, David Mayer of Gloucester Township; Joann Gattinelli of Washington Township, Michael Mignogna of Voorhees, Barry Wright of Winslow, Carol Sabo of West Cape May; Tom Bianco of Clayton, Paul Medany of Deptford, John Wallace III of Glassboro, Pete Scirrotto of Mantua, Tom Fromm of Swedesboro, Denice DiCarlo of West Deptford, Russell Welsh of Westville, Jessica Floyd of Woodbury, William Packer of Woodbury Heights, Vernon Marino of Woolwich, and Jim Gorman of Galloway.

“America needs a president with the integrity, experience and strength to unite our diverse nation while fighting for progressive Democratic priorities,” Norcross said.  “Former Vice President Joe Biden exemplifies those values, and he’s always stood up for working families in New Jersey and across the country. I am proud to call Joe a friend, and I can’t wait to call him President of the United States.”

The full list of South Jersey endorsements:

State Legislators
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (LD2)
Assemblyman John Armato (LD2)
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (LD3)
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (LD3)
State Senator Fred Madden (LD4)
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (LD4)
Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (LD4)
State Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez (LD5)
Assemblyman Bill Moen (LD5)
Assemblyman William Spearman (LD5)
State Senator James Beach (LD6)
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (LD6)
Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (LD6)
State Senator Troy Singleton (LD7)
Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (LD7)
Assemblyman Herb Conaway (LD7)
State Senator Dawn Addiego (LD8)

Atlantic County
Atlantic County Chair Michael Suleiman
Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest Coursey
Galloway Mayor Jim Gorman

Burlington County 
Burlington County Democratic Committee Chair Joseph Andl
Burlington County Democratic Committee Vice Chair Martin Nock
Burlington County Democratic Committee Treasurer Brent Lee
Burlington County Democratic Committee Corresponding Secretary Andrea Katz
Burlington County Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson
Burlington County Freeholder Balvir Singh
Burlington County Freeholder Daniel O’Connor
Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hynes
Burlington County Sheriff  Anthony Basantis
Burlington County Clerk Joanne Shwartz

Camden County
Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr
Camden County Deputy Freeholder Director Ed McDonnell
Camden County Freeholder  Jeff Nash
Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez
Camden County Freeholder Jon Young
Camden County Freeholder Melinda Kane
Camden County Freeholder Barbara Holcomb
Camden County Sheriff Whip Wilson
Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa
Camden City Mayor Frank Moran
Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo
Voorhees Mayor Michael Mignogna
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer
Winslow Mayor Barry Wright
State Committeeman Steve Ayscue
State Committeeman Ian Mosley
State Committeewoman Barbara Pine
State Committeewoman Dana Redd
State Committeewoman Meryl Greene
State Committeeman Harry Platt

Cape May County
Cape May County Regular Democratic Chairman Brendan Sciarra
Cape May County Regular Democratic Vice Chair Kathleen Gorman
Sergeant at Arms Norman Matz
Recording Secretary Kenneth Merson
Corresponding Secretary Barbara Wilson
Treasurer for Cape May County Regular Democrats Edward Michael Kaczmarski
Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron
Former Mayor of Middle Township Michael Clark
Wildwood Crest Commissioner Joyce Gould
State Committee Elizabeth Casey
Former Mayor of Middle Township Nate Doherty
Former Mayor of Middle Township Susan Delanzo
Former Mayor/Deputy mayor/Committeeman of Middle Township Chuck Leusner
Former Committeeman of Middle Township Steve Barry
West Cape May Mayor Carol Sabo
West Cape May Deputy Mayor Peter Burke
Former Ocean City President Frank McCall
Former Commissioner Jim Iannone
Sea Isle Council President John Feeley
Former Deputy Mayor of Middle Township Jeffrey DeVico
Cape May County Democratic Whip William Causey

Cumberland County 
Cumberland County Chair Steve Errickson
Cumberland Sheriff Albert Austino
Cumberland Clerk Celeste Riley
Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joe Derella
Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Quinn
Millville Mayor Mike Santiago
Vineland Mayor Albert Kelly

Gloucester County
Gloucester County Freeholder Robert Damminger
Gloucester County Freeholder Deputy Director  Frank DiMarco
Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons
Gloucester County Freeholder Lyman Barnes
Gloucester County Freeholder Jim Jefferson
Gloucester County Freeholder James Lavender
Gloucester County Sheriff  Carmel Morina
Gloucester County Clerk James Hogan
Clayton Mayor & Municipal Chair Tom Bianco
Deptford Township Mayor Paul Medany
Deptford Township Municipal Chair John Vinci
Franklin Township Municipal Chair Mario Christina
East Greenwich Township Municipal Co-Chair  John Pyne
Elk Township Municipal Chair Donna Ragonese
Glassboro Mayor John Wallace III
Glassboro Councilwoman & Municipal Chair Daniele Brida-Spence
Mantua Township Mayor Pete Scirrotto
Pitman Councilwoman & Municipal Chair Vanessa James
South Harrison Township Municipal Chair   Wilma Nagtegaal
Swedesboro Mayor & Municipal Chair Tom Fromm
Washington Township Mayor Joann Gattinelli
Washington Township Municipal Chair Frank Cianci
Washington Township Municipal Co-Chair Laurie Burns
Wenonah Council President & Municipal Chair  Dan Cox
West Deptford Township Mayor Denice DiCarlo
West Deptford Township Municipal Chair  Tom Sullivan
Westville Mayor Russell Welsh
Westville Councilman & Municipal Chair Chuck Murtaugh
Woodbury Mayor Jessica Floyd
Woodbury Municipal Chair Chuck Rose
Woodbury Heights Mayor William C. Packer
Woodbury Heights Municipal Chair Harry Elton
Woolwich Township Mayor Vernon Marino
Woolwich Township Committeewoman & Municipal Chair Gina Marie Santore
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Chair & State Senator Fred Madden
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Vice Chair & Greenwich Municipal Chair Vicki Antonini
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Secretary & East Greenwich Township Municipal Co-Chair Michelle Shirey
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Treasurer Ted Bamford
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Sergeant-at-Arms Charles Fentress
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Counsel John Alice
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Parliamentarian Eric Campo
Gloucester County Democratic Committee Executive Director Justin Kolman

Salem County
Salem County Chairman Steve Caltabiano

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