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New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg

New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg

Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Democratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides MORE (D-N.J.), a freshman lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held seat in 2018, is backing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden breaks all-time television spending record Trump squeezed by cash crunch in final election sprint 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 BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority 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 BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks 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.