Jersey City Council President Watterman endorses U.S. Rep. Andy Kim for Senate


Jersey City Council President Joyce Watterman, a declared candidate for mayor in 2025, is endorsing U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3) for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3), a candidate for U.S. Senate, and Jersey City Council President Joyce Watterman. Photo courtesy of Watterman.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m so excited to bring Congressman Kim to Jersey City and Hudson County. I am tired of people dictating to us who we are going to vote for. It’s time that we tell everyone else who we want in office,” she said in a statement.

“Andy is the man for the job, and I believe in him, and you should too. I was born and raised in Jersey City and care about the people of this city.”

Watterman indicated that she introduced Kim to seniors, as well as community and business leaders, at three separate events today.

Kim declared his bid for Senate the day after U.S. Senator Bob Menendez was indicted in September on federal corruption charges that includes accepting gold bars, cash, a car, among other things, in exchange for his influence.

In two superseding indictments, New Jersey’s senior senator is accused of acting as a foreign agent to Egypt and accepting bribes in order to exchange for advocating for a developer’s business deal in Qatar.

As for Watterman, she announced she would be running for mayor in November 2025 just before Thanksgiving last year and was named council president again on Tuesday, as HCV first reported.

Her remarks today indicate that she doesn’t have a problem bucking the establishment, given that the Hudson County Democratic Organization backed First Lady Tammy Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy (D), hours after she announced her candidacy.

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