United States Representative Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) said that he is “delighted” that Gov. Corzine has offered state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) the number two spot on the ballot.
“Loretta brings a tremendous amount of experience and integrity to this position, and she is a champion of government reform and ethics. She’s got tremendous energy, and she’s fearless. I think it was a great choice,” he said.
Rothman said he lobbied Gov. Corzine to pick Weinberg.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), who has spent the last four years as one of Weinberg’s key allies, said Weinberg offers more than just a reformer reputation. Although her anti-corruption reputation may help, Huttle said the full package will draw in votes for Corzine not just in the battleground county of Bergen, but statewide.
“She has always been a leader in Bergen County. She has again been there for each of her constituents. She has a terrific reputation, not only in Bergen County but around the state. This certainly energizes the votes in Bergen County. Who better than one of our own to be the first lieutenant governor in the state,” she said.
Below is a statement of support from Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange):
“Sen. Weinberg would bring a wealth of experience and talent to the job of Lieutenant Governor. She is an individual of strong character and high caliber.
Sen. Weinberg shares Gov. Corzine’s ideological perspective and is one of his earliest supporters. She complements him really well.
“I have worked closely with Sen. Weinberg on various legislative measures when she served in the New Jersey General Assembly such as New Jersey’s Civil Commitment Law and the Patients First Act. I know her to be a fighter in matters that advance the public interest and an individual of great compassion and caring.
She would make a great Lieutenant Governor.”