New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg

New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg

Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillBiden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Elbow bumps, Spock salutes: How Congress is dealing with coronavirus Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — Trump, Congress struggle for economic deal amid coronavirus threat | Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol | Coronavirus emerges as 2020 flashpoint MORE (D-N.J.), a freshman lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held seat in 2018, is backing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE in the Democratic presidential race. 

“I served in the Navy with members of our military community dedicated to making our country safer and stronger, and it’s clear we need the same level of commitment from our political leaders,” Sherrill said in a statement Thursday. “Mike Bloomberg embodies the integrity we need from leadership and I am proud to give my support to him today.”

The Navy veteran lauded Bloomberg’s work on gun reform, his commitment to invest in New Jersey’s infrastructure and his plans to help veterans. 

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“I’m confident he will move this country forward into a bright future,” Sherrill added. 

Sherrill’s endorsement came one day before Bloomberg plans to deliver a speech on protecting veterans and military families in Norfolk, Va. 

“Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill is a true patriot, a leader with integrity and the courage to act on her convictions, and we need more people like her in elected office,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “She deserves to work with a president whose allegiance is to the country, not himself, and who is as committed as she is to rebuilding our infrastructure, reducing gun violence, and honoring our veterans — and that’s what I’ll be.” 

Sherrill had backed Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers MORE (D-N.J.), along with the rest of the New Jersey congressional delegation, before he dropped out of the contest. 

Bloomberg, a late entry to the race, has been rising in recent polls. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows the billionaire candidate at 10.6 percent support, placing him in fourth place behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.). 

Bloomberg decided to skip the first four nominating states, including Monday’s Iowa caucuses and next week’s New Hampshire primary, focusing instead on the March 3 Super Tuesday states.