Orange Mayor-Elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. endorsed Democratic incumbent Frank Lautenberg for reelection to the United States Senate today.
Hawkins, 28, said that he empathizes with Lautenberg, 84, on the age issue – even if he’s on the opposite end of the spectrum.
"In my campaign for Mayor, opponents tried to make an issue of my age, but the voters repudiated the argument, recognizing that chronological age is not a fair way to judge a candidate,” he said. Frank Lautenberg has demonstrated the wise judgment, commitment to New Jersey and robust good health to make it clear that he will serve us well in another term in the U.S. Senate.”
Hawkins just won the election for the seat just vacated by disgraced former Mayor/Assemblyman Mims Hackett, who pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in federal court yesterday. Lisa Perkins, a councilwoman, took over as acting mayor immediately after Hackett’s plea yesterday.