Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang backs Brian Varela for Congress in 8th District


Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is backing Brian Varela for the 8th District congressional seat, praising his entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to fight against the political machine.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I really connected with Brian. We are very similar — both political outsiders, entrepreneurs inspired by a genuine desire to make a difference,” Yang, who founded the Forward Party in October, said in a statement yesterday.

Along with David Ocampo Grajales, Varela is hoping to upset Rob Menendez, a Port Authority commissioner, lawyer, and the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

The younger Menendez has the support of the vast majority of high ranking Democrats in Hudson and Union Counties including U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, who opted to retire at the end of his term and makes the June 7th primary for an open seat.

“Government needs to work for the people, Making life better for the people of my district — not serving the political machine — is my top priority. This is a people’s campaign,” Varela added.

“The people don’t need a political dynasty. They need a Congressman who understands what it means to work hard and to build your own future. I know that life. I’ve lived that life, having worked to support my parents and my brother from the time I was 18.”

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