By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY â€“ Mayor Marty Small Sr. scored his biggest endorsement yet with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announcing he is supporting him in the Democratic Party Nov. 7 primary.
Murphy’s endorsement comes on the heels of Small securing another of the state’s big-name Democrat, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, last week. Small is trying to win the Democratic nomination to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Frank Gilliam on July 7.
“Mayor Small has a progressive vision for Atlantic City,” Murphy said in a statement released by the Small campaign Wednesday. “He has demonstrated real leadership during very difficult and challenging times, and he’s working very hard to make Atlantic City a better place to live, work and visit.”
Murphy said his administration has been working to revitalize Atlantic City, whose finances remain under state control.
“Mayor Small is committed to improving the quality of life for residents, increasing targeted development throughout the city, and providing opportunity for local businesses and merchants.”
Small said he was “grateful” for Murphy’s endorsement.
“It is important to recognize that our efforts, commitment and hard work to create a partnership between the City of Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey is on-going and must continue in order for Atlantic City to receive the essential resources that it needs not only to survive, but to thrive.”
Small’s Democratic opponent Pamela Thomas-Fields, issued a statement, suggesting the endorsement was a sign that the Democratic establishment is “clearly shaken” by her grassroots campaign.
“I maintain my commitment to the people of Atlantic City as the best candidate in this race to move our city forward with accountability and transparency that works for all residents,” Thomas-Fields said. “My grassroots support continues to reaffirm that I am the unbossed voice of the people and that will be clear on July 7.
“The truth is this is not personal, this is business. You only need to take a drive through the city to see that the status quo has not served the residents. I am the independent voice for change that will work to make Atlantic City healthy, wealthy and wise by bringing all stakeholders to the table to participate in our rebirth.
“If the voters are ready to take part in the wholesale initiative to improve our city then I am ready to be the voice that rights the ship. I urge voters to think forward for Atlantic City when completing their ballots, and to not cling to the complacency and corruption that has held us back for so long,” Thomas continued.
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