Holley, Roselle Dems, throw their support behind Rice

The Roselle Democratic Committee, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley and the majority of the Borough Council, which includes Council Members Christine Dansereau, Roy Locke, Randy Sandifer and Kim Shaw, today formally endorsed Ron Rice’s congressional bid leading up to the June 5th primary.

“Ron is an exceptionally astute policy maker and dedicated legislator,” Holley said. “He is a smart, independent thinker who governs by the courage of his convictions. He has a proven track record of success, coupled with a solid, concrete plan to propel the 10th Congressional District forward.”

Rice backed Holley for mayor last year and helped him get elected, leaving former Mayor Garrett Smith, hobbled by county charges that he falsified an auto insurance claim, to roam the sidewalks of Roselle in search of votes for Rice’s nemesis, Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr.

Rice’s allies trust he’s toxic enough to hurt Payne, whose father, the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., counted Smith among his political acolytes.

Of Holley’s and the Roselle Democrats’ endorsement, Rice said,  “It validates what we’re doing and how we’re running this campaign. This race is about fighting Republican extremism, as well as overcoming complacency from both parties in Washington and at home. We are truly progressive and local elected officials and grassroots operatives are supporting us. That is how and why we will win the Tenth.”

Holley, Roselle Dems, throw their support behind Rice