Ben & Jerry’s ice cream founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield packed out the Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City to rally supporters in favor of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Hundreds of supporters “felt the Bernâ€ at Zeppelin Hall last night, when Cohen explained Bernieâ€™s acknowledgment for a combat against Americaâ€™s â€œriggedâ€ economic and justice system by corporations and the one percenters.
â€œTheyâ€™ve ignored the needs of the poor, the people of color, and the middle class. Bernieâ€™s proposals have demonstrated fiscally responsible forward thinking and fiscally responsible solutions to these problems,â€ said Cohen.
â€œFree college for people of any economic means is paid for by a small, less than one percent tax on Wall Street.â€
Sanders estimates that his College for All Act will cost about $75 billion annually and has proposed the federal government would fund two-thirds of the cost by taxing Wall Street trade.
States who participate in free undergraduate college tuition would be responsible for 33 percent of the remaining costs.
Sanders is squaring off against front-runner Hilary Clinton, a former U.S. Secretary of State who locally has the support of the Hudson County Democratic Organization and currently sits on a comfortable lead with both delegates and super delegates.
The Vermont senator has advocated for creating jobs by repairing the countryâ€™s infrastructure, cleaning water systems such as those in Flint, Michigan, and eliminating corporate tax loopholes, Cohen also stated.
Ben & Jerry are campaigning in New Jersey and then California for their home state senator.
â€œWonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be here in New Jersey and thatâ€™s because this state is so critical in the next phase of Bernieâ€™s campaign. You guys can make it happen,â€ said Cohen.
â€œWe still believe in the dream of America!â€
In an Eagleton Poll, Clinton leads Sanders by 51 percent of New Jersey DemocratsÂ to 42 percent.