Former Democratic State Chairman Tom Byrne has endorsed Michael Bloomberg for president, saying that the former New York City mayor’s private and public sector experience sharply contrast those of Donald Trump.
Bloomberg has scored several key endorsements in New Jersey in recent weeks, including Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) , Paterson mayor Andre Sayegh and Clinton mayor Janice Kovach, the secretary of the Democratic State Committee.
“Mike Bloomberg has been a visionary leader on key issues such as climate change, gun safety, and college affordability. He’s already had the second toughest job in politics – and New York City flourished with his leadership,” said Byrne. “Bloomberg is the one candidate who can intimidate Donald Trump by contrasting his successes with Trump’s multiple business failures and victims. Bloomberg has done more for students and the poor than Bernie ever will. Mike Bloomberg will indeed get it done.”
Byrne, the son of former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, was a two-term state party chairman who served from 1994 to 1997. He presided over a resurgence by Democrats in the state, picking up Assembly seats in 1995, and re-electing Bill Clinton in 1996.
“Tom Byrne is a respected leader in the New Jersey business community, in government and politics for over three decades and we are so proud to his support, which underscores the growing momentum building for Mike Bloomberg here in the Garden State,” said Bloomberg state director Michael Muller.
Byrne founded Byrne Asset Management and has served on the New Jersey State Investment Council since 2010.