John Bartlett, Passaic County Democrats’ hope to take the CD11 congressional seat now occupied by Rodney Frelinghuysen, is suspending his race for the district’s Democratic nomination, and announcing he will instead pursue a third term on the Passaic Freeholder board. That further solidifies the rise of Essex’s bid, with Mikie Sherrill of Montclair the primary field’s top money-raiser, and a strong campaign also coming from another Essex woman, Tamara Harris of Verona.
Below, Freeholder Bartlett’s statement a few minutes ago:
“I want to express my gratitude to the thousands of supporters who gave of their time, talent, and treasure to support our campaign for change in the 11 th Congress ional District,” Bartlett said. “I have always been called to public service by the example of my family, by the tenets of my faith, and by the inspiration of my constituents in five years as a Passaic County Freeholder. That call to serve has been bolstered at every turn by the s upport and kind words of so many across the 11 th District and beyond. ”
“This is a moment of opportunity for change in Washington, but it does not appear to be my moment to be the agent of that change,” Bartlett added. “I wish the remaining candidates well, and I am looking forward to running alongside the Democratic candidate in 2018 and making our case to my 130,000+ constituents in the 11 th District.”
“I am glad to have Freeholder Bartlett’s continuing leadership on the Freeholder Board and next year’s County ti cket,” said John Currie , New Jersey State Democratic Chairman and Passaic County Chairman. “ John’s service and advocacy for Passaic County has paid huge dividends. His regional leadership has brought in tens of millions of dollars in federally – funded infra structure improvements, and his deep ties to the community have enabled Passaic County to extend important services to people with disabilities, families affected by autism, immigrant communities for whom English used to be a barrier to accessing services, and our newly – arrived Syrian refugees for whom John has been a powerful advocate . ”
“ John ’s passion for public service and t he things he ’s accomplished for his constituents in Passaic County are remarkable, ” said Governo r – elect Phil Murp hy . “John and his wife Khyati were some of the first people I got to know as a candidate for office, and their support and fr iendship mean the world to me and Tam my. Having seen him in action, I have no doubt that John will continue to serve in meaningful ways for years to come .”
“As an elected official, an activist, and an attorney who has fought for voting rights and equal opportunity, Freeholder Bartlett’s service to democratic principles and the Democratic party has few equals in New Jersey,” said Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones .
“ John has been a friend since we worked together on John Kerry’s presidential campaign, and his support for Democrats in Morris County this year helped us achieve unprecedented victories ,” said Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson . “I am a lways grateful for John’s counsel, and look forward to continued friendship and collaboration in the years ahead.”
“Having met John on the trail in 2013 and gotten to know him over the past year, I appreciate John’s attention to Sussex County and our candi dates here, and his commitment to work that improves quality of life across our region . John consistently display s the kind of leadership that we need to see more of in the Democratic party ,” said Leslie Huhn , Chairwoman of the Sussex County Democratic Party.
“ As a Freeholder, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve so close to home that even with the time commitment of public service and my law practice , I could still make time for my home, my wife , and our son ,” Freeholder Bartlett added. “I look forward to enjoying the holidays with them and continuing to be a public servant and advocate for all of P assaic County’s communities in 2018 and beyond.”