Democratic Senate candidates Frank Lautenberg and Rob Andrews each released endorsements today from prominent African-Americans.
Andrews announced the support of Newark Councilman Oscar James, Jr., an ally of Mayor Cory Booker who managed former Mayor Sharpe James’s successful 2002 reelection campaign against him. According to the Newark Municipal Council’s Web site, James, the son of a grassroots activist, was the youngest person ever to be elected to public office in the city’s history.
"Rob Andrews has always recognized the challenges faced by inner-city Americans, especially our urban youth, and has worked hard as a member of Congress to find solutions to their problems," said James. “He represents change and the passing of the torch to the next generation of leadership in the Senate.”
Just minutes after the Andrews campaign released the James endorsement, Lautenberg’s camp publicized his endorsement by 24 African-American ministers who preside over congregations from as far south as Trenton and as far north Lautenberg’s home town of Paterson. The release went on to detail Lautenberg’s votes on issues close to the hearts of the state’s inner-city voters.
"Senator Frank Lautenberg was born and raised in Paterson and is committed to helping the city move forward in a positive direction,” said Rev. Kenneth Clayton of St. Luke Baptist Church in Paterson. “He cares about our neighborhoods and always goes the extra mile to lend his support to us on a variety of issues.”