Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera has endorsed Assemblywoman Angela McKnight and candidate Kristen Zadroga Hart in the 31st Legislative District Assembly race.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m supporting both Kristen Zadroga-Hart and Angela McKnight in the June 6 Democratic Primary because this election is very much about the future of Jersey City,” Rivera said in a statement.
“Both women have deep ties with our community and they may not agree on every issue, but I firmly believe they care about the future of our kids and our community. I know in their hearts Jersey City is first.”
Like the Jersey City Education Association, Rivera is endorsing a split ticket. McKnight is running with incumbent Nick Chiaravalloti, while Hart’s running alongside Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Christopher Munoz.
The JCEA originally endorsed Chiaravalloti and Hart, but rescinded their endorsement of Chiaravalloti over a campaign flyer paid for by an organization linked to charter school advocates David Tepper and Shelley Skinner.
Rivera added that he feels comfortable supporting a Jersey City ticket in LD-31.
“With this endorsement, I’m asking the public to put Jersey City first and elect the Jersey City legislative candidates. I’ve known Kristen for more than 20 years and her passion for serving our City will make her an unstoppable force for good. I believe her and Angela can bring immense collective experience for the constituents they’ll be serving.”
Hart, who is running off the line, of course welcomed the endorsement.
“I am so honored to have the endorsement of Councilman Rivera. He has always stood firm in his support of Jersey City teachers and our public schools,” she said in a statement.
“Through his community involvement he has always made our students a top priority. I am proud to not only call Danny my Councilman, but also my friend.”
Rivera’s endorsement comes as a bit of a surprise with the June 6 Democratic primary right around the corner and Mayor Steven Fulop recently campaigning with the incumbent team.