EWING – Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8) today endorsed Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman to receive the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. Rep. Sires is a former Mayor of West New York and the former Speaker of the Assembly, served on the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently on the Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
“Having worked with Bonnie in the Assembly and seen first hand what a force she is as a leader in the Democratic Party, I can confidently say there is no one better to fill the position being vacated by Congressman Rush Holt representing the 12th Congressional District,” said Rep. Sires. “Bonnie has consistently demonstrated the tenacity and leadership required to introduce and implement initiatives prioritized by Democrats in her district and across the state and I believe those are qualities that would serve her well in Washington. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s abilities as a legislator and as someone always willing to fight without hesitation for our Democratic principles make her the best candidate to win the Democratic Primary on June 3rd, which is why I am endorsing her today.”
“Congressman Sires has been a long-time friend and a true leader in the Democratic Party for years,” said Watson Coleman. “His work on behalf of the children and families in his District and across New Jersey has always been his number one priority and I am very proud to receive his endorsement. The work of people in Washington like Albio Sires is what makes me feel so resolute in my support of the priorities of President Obama and Democrats in Congress and I look forward to the opportunity to work with him to ensure health care fulfills its promise, we increase gun safety measures and everyone receives equal pay for equal work. The fight for our progressive principles against the Tea Party is not one that can be taken lightly and I look forward to working with other strong Democrats like Albio Sires towards those efforts.”
Watson Coleman’s campaign for Congress recently announced their campaign committee and has already received endorsements from the Women’s Campaign Fund, Bishop Reginald Jackson, the Mercer County Democratic Committee, the Union County Democratic Committee and elected officials from throughout the 12th Congressional District along with support from labor groups including the New Jersey Laborers Union, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, CWA 1039, the SEIU NJ State Council, AFSCME Local 979 out of Middlesex County and Corrections USA. The campaign has also been endorsed by national Progressive Democratic organizations the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Blue America PAC and Progressive Democrats of America.