MONTCLAIR — In front of a huge crowd of supporters, volunteers, and community leaders, Mikie Sherrill kicked off her fall campaign along with Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey State Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie, and Montclair State University student and Mikie Sherrill campaign volunteer Naajidah Kahn. Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Mikie Sherrill for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District in April 2018, and joined her at Montclair State University to engage students and residents of the community.
“Each new generation has a choice to make: face the challenges head on with the confidence and the certainty that we can lead this world toward something better and, in doing so, provide a better future for everyone,” said Mikie Sherrill.
She continued: “This country has always been at its best, has always lead in the most effective way, and has always achieved the greatest success, when we operate from a sense of confidence and optimism and leadership that looks toward the future.”
A U.S. Navy veteran, former prosecutor, and mother of four, Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. Mikie Sherrill is focused on bringing new leadership to Congress, and will work with Republicans and Democrats to restore the full state and local tax deduction for New Jersey taxpayers, work to fix the Affordable Care Act to bring down health care costs, and focus on creating good paying jobs in New Jersey.
Sherrill said “We are fighting to ensure the economic future of New Jersey – that our federal tax system doesn’t punish our state, that we drive innovation, and create good-paying jobs so all of you can have a bright future right here in New Jersey. That families don’t go bankrupt if a loved one has a pre-existing condition, or needs prescription drugs. That we protect women’s healthcare, and we don’t rollback the protections on marriage equality.”
Sherrill is the Democratic candidate for New Jersey’s 11th congressional district, a seat that has been held by Republican Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen for over twenty years. A seat thought so solidly Republican that it seemed folly for any sensible Democrat to seek it (or any Republican to challenge Frelinghuysen). There was so little competition for the seat over the years.
“When I first met Mikey over a year ago I met a great candidate, today I saw someone who will be a great Congresswoman,” said Mayor Michael Soriano.
“We are in a battle for the soul of America,” Biden added. “That is not a Democrat or Republican thing.” And then, Biden got blunt, reminding the audience that he graduated college in the same year as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, events that seemed to put an end to the Civil Rights Movement that he had been drawn to as a young man. “Don’t tell me you’re demoralized,” Biden scolded the audience. “Get off your rear ends and vote.”