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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Six More Democrat Officials Endorse Chris Christie
Bringing the total number of Democrat elected officials from across the state supporting his reelection to 58, Governor Christie has now been endorsed by Dover Mayor James Dodd and five Dover Aldermen, all of whom are Democrats. The five Dover Aldermen endorsing the Governor include Christine Noriega, Michael Picciallo, James Visioli, Robert Rutan, and Michelle Yzarnotegui.
The endorsement also marks the twentieth Democrat mayor to reach across the aisle and stand with the Governor.
"Throughout his first term in office, Governor Christie has focused on delivering real results for the people of our state by bringing people together with real leadership. Here in Dover, we've experienced those results first hand, with property tax growth held at just 2% this year and nearly $1.8 million in funding for our schools over the past two years," said Dover Mayor James Dodd. "At the same time, Governor Christie has restored fiscal responsibility to our state and spurred economic growth, job creation, and opportunity for Dover families. We are proud to call Chris Christie our Governor and we are proud to stand with him in his campaign."
Dover, which was carried by President Obama in 2012 by a 46 point margin and by former Governor Jon Corzine in 2009 by 19 points, is a diverse town with a nearly 70% Hispanic population.
Governor Christie has earned strong support from New Jersey's Hispanic community in this campaign, including influential business and advocacy organizations, and elected officials representing communities with significant Hispanic populations. That support includes: • Union City Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack • Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough and all eight Harrison councilmembers • Paterson City Councilman Anthony Davis • Carlos Medina, head of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey • The Essex County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce • The Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Foundation of Essex County • The National Coalition of Latino Officers • The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey • Over 100 individual Hispanic-owned business from across the state.
"Communities like Dover understand the positive impact bipartisan leadership can have for our families - and that's exactly what we've done together. Rather than getting bogged down by partisan gamesmanship, Mayor Dodd has reached across the aisle and worked with our administration to get results for his residents," said Governor Christie. "And while we have accomplished a great deal together, our job isn't done yet. Over the next four years we will continue working together to create jobs, to give tax relief to families, and deliver a quality education to every child in our state. I thank Mayor Dodd and each of these aldermen for all their hard work and am grateful to have earned their support."
To date, fifty-eight Democrat elected officials have endorsed Governor Christie for reelection, including: State Senator Brian Stack, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren, Belleville Mayor Ray Kimble, Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy, Glen Ridge Mayor Peter Hughes, Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez, Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis, Burlington City Mayor Jim Fazzone, Manville Mayor Angelo Corradino, Chesilhurst Mayor Michael Blunt, Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, Harrison City Council members Laurence M. Bennett, Jesus R. Huaranga, James Doran, Victor Villalta, Carol Mandaglio, Michael Dolaghan, Francisco Nascimento, and Anselmo Millan, Garfield Deputy Mayor Tana Raymond, Belleville Town Council members Steve Rovell and Michael Nicosia, Glen Ridge Council President Stuart Patrick and Councilman David Lefkovitz, Point Pleasant Borough Mayor William Schroeder, Spring Lake Mayor Jennifer Naughton, Spring Lake Council President Janice Venables, Spring Lake Council members Bob Drasheff and Priscilla Reilly and Union City Commissioners Tilo Rivas, Lucio Fernandez, Maryury Martinetti, and Celin Valdivia, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Secaucus Town Councilmembers James Clancy, Robert Contantino, Gary Jeffas, William McKeever, and Susan Pirro, River Vale Mayor Joe Blundo, Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Teaneck Councilmen Yitz Stern, Elie Katz, and Mark Schwartz, River Edge Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo, Palmyra Mayor Karen Scheffler and Council President David Dorworth, West New York Commissioner FiorD’Aliza Frias, Dover Mayor James Dodd, and Aldermen Christine Noriega, Michael Picciallo, James Visioli, Robert Rutan, and Michelle Yzarnotegui.