South Jersey Democratic establishment backing Belgard, source says

While as many as 16 CD 3 Republican hopefuls are vying for their party’s nomination, the South Jersey Democratic establishment appears more than ever to be coalescing around its candidate.

Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, who earlier this month welcomed former speaker and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi to a fundraiser, was among four South Jersey elected officials to take the stage Monday with state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) for his CD 1 campaign kick off.

“Yes,” responded a South Jersey Democratic source when asked if Belgard shored up South Jersey support.

“I’m so thrilled to be here with great leaders,” said Belgard, who’s running to fill the seat slated to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3), during the Norcross event.

Belgard shared the stage with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Camden Mayor Dana Redd and state Sen. James Beach (D-6), who serves as co-chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee.

Belgard already received the endorsement of the Burlington County freeholders and is expected to receive the official backing Democratic Burlington County officials in the coming weeks. Ocean County Democrats will officially endorse a candidate during the party’s March 23 mini-convention.

Despite receiving broad support from party leadership, Howard Kleinhendler, a corporate lawyer, is said to be maintaining his pursuit of CD 3.

South Jersey Democratic establishment backing Belgard, source says