Legislators from around the state including Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), state Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) stumped for their colleague, Sandra Cunningham, at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City last night.
“We not only believe in the same issues, but we actually have a sisterhood and I am so proud of that. So Sandra: I am just honored to be here and to have been named on an invitation that is in honor of you,” Weinberg said.
“I would tell you that there is a friendship and there’s a bond with Senator Cunningham and it’s specifically settled in the in the purpose that the same way I love my city, this woman loves her district,” Ruiz added.
Cunningham, who was re-elected with ease last year, is one of the mainstays in the Jersey City political scene and still has considerable sway in the Senate: with the ability to work with Hudson Dems and Sweeney and his allies alike.
Former Governor Jim McGreevey (D), who now heads the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, served as the emcee for the evening as also showed heavy praise for the state senator.
“You really find the mark of a person when nobody’s watching. And a couple weeks ago … Senator Cunningham came up and spent some time with our people in the [re-entry] program,” McGreevey began.
“And we pulled out the toxicology reports of men and women that unfortunately were using. And we saw how much Fentanyl was there and Senator Cunningham was asking about their treatments and how they were getting their lives back together with employment, about housing. And in all these questions, there were no reporters, there were no cameras, it was just a matter of sincere concern.”
During her public remarks to a crowd of about 75 people, Cunningham expressed great pride in the progress Jersey City has made.
“When I walk around or ride around the city, I am always proud of how far we have come how much we have done, and how far we’re going to go. This is a great city, it is a wonderful city, it is the most diverse city in the country: the most diverse city in the United States of America,” she exclaimed.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Bayonne Councilman-at-Large Juan Perez, Jersey City Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Freeholder Jerry Walker (D-3), former Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason, ex-Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny, among many others.