NJ lawmaker flips endorsement to Biden after Booker drops out

NJ lawmaker flips endorsement to Biden after Booker drops out
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE has picked up the endorsement of a New Jersey congressman who had initially pledged his support to Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-N.J.).

“I am proud to endorse Joe Biden to be president of the United States," Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiDemocrats eye remote voting options Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Safety in sick leave MORE (D) said in a statement Tuesday morning. Malinowski had backed Booker until his home-state senator dropped out of the primary on Monday.

“I enthusiastically supported Cory Booker until his decision to withdraw from the race yesterday, and thank him for running one of the most principled, positive and unifying campaigns I’ve ever seen," Malinowski added.

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The first-term congressman served as the assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor during the second term of the Obama administration.

On his endorsement of Biden, Malinowski said: "We need a nominee who can calm partisan divisions, unify the country, and, once elected, rebuild our government institutions and leadership in the world.

"Joe Biden will run the campaign we need to win in November; defend the middle class, and restore decency, honesty, and respect for the rule of law to the White House."