New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg

Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillGun control group rolls out House endorsements Bipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (D-N.J.), a freshman lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held seat in 2018, is backing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned 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 BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk 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 BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names 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.

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