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04.28.17

Press Release: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Endorses Jim Johnson for New Jersey Governor

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Endorses Jim Johnson for Governor

Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) endorsed Democratic candidate Jim Johnson for New Jersey Governor.

“Now more than ever, we need a leader with a proven track record of uniting communities to solve some of our country’s biggest problems.  We need someone willing to take on tough fights in order to get things done.  This race is the first major statewide election during the Trump presidency and the stakes couldn’t be any higher.  Jim is the right man at the right time for this job.  He is an authentic and principled progressive who will be a tireless advocate for the people. I am proud to strongly endorse his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

Congressman Jeffries has represented the Eighth Congressional District of New York since 2013.  As a member of Congress, Rep. Jeffries has emerged as a steadfast advocate for college affordability, affordable housing and criminal justice reform. Following the death of Eric Garner, Rep. Jeffries called for a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the circumstances surrounding Garner’s death. In 2015, Rep. Jeffries introduced the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act that would make the use of a chokehold illegal under federal law. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman Jeffries served for six years in the New York State Assembly. He first ran for the New York State Assembly in 2000 as an outsider calling for reform.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Jeffries, who is one of our country’s strongest leaders on economic justice and ending gun violence, and I am thrilled to call him a partner in my fight to bring about change for working and middle class families in New Jersey, ” said Johnson. “With every day that passes, our campaign continues to gain momentum, and the Congressman’s endorsement is the latest sign that this campaign will pull off a historic victory in June.”

Like Jeffries, Johnson has also been a lifelong advocate for criminal justice reform and fair policing tactics. Following the death of Eric Garner, Johnson brought together members of civil rights and law enforcement communities in a collaboration known as New Jersey Communities Forward, which contributed heavily to New Jersey’s policies on police worn body cameras, independent shooting reviews and implicit bias training.

Rep. Jeffries’ endorsement follows former New York City Mayor David Dinkins’ endorsement of Johnson, which was announced earlier this week. Congressman Jeffries has a record of endorsing successful outsiders in Democratic primaries that are challenging the machine. In 2007, while still in his first term in the State Assembly, Jeffries publicly endorsed and supported Barack Obama, and was among Obama’s earliest supporters in Hillary Clinton’s home state. In 2013, Jeffries was among the first to endorse Ken Thompson in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney, successfully challenging a District Attorney who held the seat since 1990.

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