Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman has endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the fourth New Jersey House member to support the former vice president.
“As a former Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, I recognize the importance of Primaries in allowing everyone’s voice to be heard, but as the party begins to coalesce around the Vice President, it’s time for us to unify and get on to our first priority as Democrats, which is to beat Donald Trump,” Watson Coleman said. “I am endorsing Joe Biden today because he is the best person to lead our country forward. I am also endorsing now because we cannot afford to allow Donald Trump to have another moment where he is allowed to build momentum unchallenged. The stakes for our nation’s future are simply too great.”
Watson Coleman had previously endorsed Cory Booker for the nomination.
“I have known Vice President Biden for many years and consider him to be a friend and a strong ally in the fight to advance our Party’s progressive values,” said Watson Coleman. “Joe Biden was on the frontlines working for Democrats across the country well before he was Barack Obama’s selection for Vice President and his dedication and commitment to strengthening our middle class and lifting those who need our help has only intensified these past few years.”
U.S. Senator Cory Booker endorsed Biden this morning. Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) and Andy Kim (D-Marlton) are also backing Biden.
On Friday, Watson Coleman said she wants the Democratic nominee to pick a woman or person of color — or both — for the vice presidency.
Coleman mentioned Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren as potential VP candidates, along with Reps. Val Demings of Florida and Terri Sewell of Alabama, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.