NJ Congressional Hopeful Gains Endorsement of National Democratic PAC

Peter Jacob, left, earlier this year.

Peter Jacob, left, earlier this year.

A young Democrat running against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s seventh congressional district received an endorsement from the national Progressive Democrats of America PAC Wednesday. Peter Jacob was the only congressional candidate running on the line in all his districts’ counties to support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.

The news follows an endorsement from Sanders’ new political group “Our Revolution” last month.

Catherine Hunt, co-chair of the group’s New Jersey chapter, praised Jacob’s campaign in a statement. Jacob, a 30 year-old social worker who lives in Union, beat the odds earlier this year when he secured the line in conservative Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Somerset and Essex Counties during the primary despite his progressive platform and support for Sanders.

“We are excited to support Peter Jacob as he strives to make a real difference in the state, and in Washington D.C.,” Hunt said.

The group also offered it endorsement to New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and congressional candidate Lorna Phillipson, who is running in the state’s fourth congressional district.

Jacob said in a statement that he is honored by the endorsement. The group was founded by members of Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich’s respective presidential campaigns during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

“It is an honor to be endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America,” Jacob wrote. “They are a true progressive organization that bring people’s voices back to Washington. I will continue to aid in that fight, and help bring about real change to D.C. Together, we will continue to make the most pressing issues facing our daily lives Congress’s obligation.”

Jacob faces tough odds against Lance, who has successfully fought off challengers from the left and the right in his right-leaning district since taking office in 2009. According to FEC records, he has just over $25,000 in cash on hand to Lance’s more than $300,000.