A national progressive political action committee endorsed state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) for U.S. Congress in the Twelfth Congressional District on Friday.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a non-profit, grass-roots organization which claims to have more than 950,000 members nation-wide, backed Watson Coleman in her June primary fight against state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17).
“Bonnie Watson Coleman was New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader and has spent her life as an outspoken fighter for the poor and powerless,” according to a written statement released by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, which was founded in 2009. “As Chris Christie’s top critic, she was the first legislator to call for the scandal-ridden governor’s resignation recently on MSNBC.”
The PCCC has more than 23,000 members in New Jersey, and raised more than $1.1 million for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during her successful 2012 campaign, according to the organization. That same year, more than 30 PCCC-endorsed candidates won their elections, according to the organization.
The PCCC also praised Watson Coleman for her “support [for] expanding Social Security benefits, holding Wall Street accountable, and [support for] Warren’s economic populist agenda.”
Watson Coleman hopes to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), who announced last month that he would not seek re-election.