In the one-upsmanship of key player endorsements in the tense primary contest between Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman, a new round of supporters came today from Rothman, followed by a new list from the Pascrell camp. We’ll post the newest Pascrell list later this afternoon.
A few days ago the decision by key Latino leaders in Paterson to stay neutral in the Pascrell v. Rothman primary was seen as a setback for Pascrell. Paterson, where Pascrell was born, won his first election (Student Council President) and served as mayor, now has a large, active Latino population. It’s been the district’s home base. Leaders like City Council members Julio Tavarez and Rigo Rodriguez, Board of Education VP Alex Mendez and Commissioners Wendy Guzman and Pedro Rodriguez cited both incumbent Dems support of the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, healthcare for all, and protecting New Jersey from terrorism, policies common to both men and appreciated by those Paterson leaders.
Steve Rothman today responded to this with a fairly well-timed list of endorsements to add to his list, not from Passaic where some key Latinos electeds are still neutral, but from Bergen and Hudson counties.
Rothman’s newest endorsements, after the fold.
Today’s endorsers include newly sworn-in Assembly members Marlene Caride (D-36) and Angelica Jimenez (D-32) as well as Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, Ridgefield Democratic Municipal Chairman Steve Pellino, Ridgefield Councilmen Javier Acosta, Russell Castelli and Hugo Jimenez and Ridgefield Park Democratic Municipal Chairman Junior Hernandez. Rothman:
I’m proud to add these fine leaders to our ever-growing list of supporters. It’s particularly exciting to attract the support of so many of the area’s outstanding Hispanic leaders. My record on issues of interest to the Latino community is extremely strong and I’m ready to continue to fight on their behalf in Washington.
In a release sent to press, Rothman touts his 100% rating from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (Pascrell gets the same 100% rating), and what he calls a strongly pro-Hispanic congressional voting record, including support for immigration reform, and path to citizenship.
Assemblywoman Caride, who is of Cuban descent, said this:
Steve Rothman has been a friend to the Hispanic community in New Jersey for his entire tenure in Washington and I’m proud to add my name to his impressive list of endorsers