A campaign appearance by Robert F. Kennedy III on behalf of Hoboken mayoral candidate Peter Cammarano comes 34 years after his father, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., visited New Jersey to stump for a young State Assembly candidate.
In 1975, 23-year-old Peter Shapiro ran for State Assembly in the old 28th district, which included South Orange, Irvington and Newark’s West Ward. Shapiro took on the powerful Essex County Democratic machine that year and won a rare off the line 181-vote primary victory over incumbent Rocco Neri. He received an enormous amount of coverage when his famous Harvard classmate rang doorbells on his behalf.
In October 1965, then-U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy came to East Orange to campaign for Governor Richard Hughes’ re-election campaign. His appearance attracted a crowd of more than 3,000 at Upsala College.