The Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) today endorsed state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) for Congress in the 10th District.
The Hudson County portion constitutes 23% of the district.
HCDO Chairman Mark Smith said ver the past two weeks he fielded dozens of phone calls and had as many meetings with people who wanted to weigh in on the race.
“I have to say that I was impressed with each of these potential candidates,” said Smith, “however, Sen. Gill’s independence and admirable record of dedicated service made the choice clear.”
Smith, who was the first mayoral candidate in Bayonne history who ran and won with two female council candidates, said he has always felt that more women should be active in government.
“We have an opportunity to make history with the choices we make today,” said Smith, “By sending Sen. Gill to Congress, we will be electing New Jersey’s first African American, Woman Representative with a proven record of performance.”
Hudson County’s move spreads the contest three ways in as many counties.
Earlier today, Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Phil Thigpen said Essex would endorse Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr., giving him the advantage in a county that possesses 57% of the district’s voting members.
Union County last week opted for an open primary, preferring no single candidate in a field of four.
In formally announcing today, Gill said she will fight to create jobs, to expand health care and education and to protect seniors and women’s rights as a member of the House of Representatives.
“At a time when Democratic core principles are under attack in Washington, New Jersey needs a representative who will be a strong voice for the people,” Gill said. “The issues most pressing in the nation are the issues I’ve spent a lifetime fighting for. Too often the jobs that are available in these tough times are going to the best politically connected rather than the best qualified. I am the best qualified candidate.”
The senator said it’s critical for the majority of the 10th Congressional district residents – women – to have a voice in Congress.
“The Republican Majority is trying to turn back the clock on women and rights won nearly four decades ago,” Gill said. “They need to be stopped. If there are more women in Congress to speak up the Republicans would not be so emboldened. I’ve stood up to Republican Chris Christie, I’m not afraid of John Boehner.”
There are no women in the New Jersey congressional delegation, nor have New Jersey Democrats fielded a congresswoman in 39 years.
“Women’s History Month ends on the calendar in March, but the chance to make history is on June 5th,” Gill said.