Linda Weber formally ended her campaign for Congress in the 7th district today, but has not endorsed any of the remaining four candidates in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).
The New Jersey Globe reported last night that Weber would withdraw from the race after losing the endorsement of the Union County Democratic organization in a narrow 7-6 vote on Sunday.
Weber had pledged to not continue her candidacy if she failed to secure enough county lines that represent a majority of the Democratic primary vote. She had lines in Somerset and Essex , but former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski won lines in Hunterdon, Warren and Morris.
“It with great sadness that I announce that I am suspending my campaign. I am enormously grateful to my family, friends, and supporters without whom I could not have made it this far. I am also grateful to the Somerset and Essex County Democratic Committees for believing in my campaign and my ability to represent and serve the families of the 7th Congressional District,” Weber said. “I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to my exceptional campaign team for the long hours, unwavering commitment, and unshakable loyalty.”
Weber said she is “proud of the grassroots campaign that we built and the new voices that we brought into the process.”
“Although I am suspending my campaign, I will continue standing up for progressive values and causes. I will continue ﬁghting for gun safety, stronger environmental protections, a woman’s right to choose, equal access to economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, public education, and so much more,” said Weber. “I will continue to work hard to help ﬂip the 7th District and to elect more Democrats, and in particular, more women.”