Obama backs Healy in Jersey City mayor’s race

Democratic endorsements don’t scale much higher than POTUS. From a statement released this morning by the Jerramiah Healy campaign, the quote from President Obama:

To continue moving America forward, we need more leaders like my friend, Jerry Healy. He’s made Jersey City a vital engine for economic growth, innovation and opportunity. Mayor Healy is also one of the leading voices on urban sustainability and getting illegal guns off our streets. I enthusiastically endorse Mayor Jerramiah Healy to keep the progress going in Jersey City.

Sometimes loyalty is rewarded; Healy was an early supporter of Obama, when much of NJ’s Democratic power structure was solidly in Hillary Clinton’s camp. Healy became Obama campaign co-chair for NJ. In 2007, Healy’s rival, Councilman Steve Fulop, raised $140,000 for Obama’s 2008 primary opponent Hillary Clinton.

If you’re Steve Fulop, what kind of a rabbit are you going to try and pull out of what hat to beat this? Election Day is Tuesday, May 14.

Healy’s a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and hosted a big rally in JC with One Million Moms for Gun Control (here’s Healy’s speech). His campaign touts JC’s hiring of new police on his watch as other cities are laying cops off, and a gun buyback program funded with corporate and private donations.

PNJ notes what might have been Healy’s lucky connection for Obama’s unusual involvement in a municipal primary battle.  

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