Mayor David Dinkins Endorses Jim Johnson for New Jersey Governor

Today, Mayor David N. Dinkins, the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, endorsed Democratic candidate Jim Johnson for New Jersey Governor.

A New Jersey native, Dinkins was born in Trenton and graduated from Trenton Central High School. In 1989, Dinkins won the Democratic Primary for New York City Mayor and ended incumbent Mayor Edward Koch’s bid for a fourth term. Dinkins went on to narrowly defeat former U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani to become the first and only African-American mayor of New York City. As Mayor, Dinkins reduced New York City’s crime rate, rehabilitated dilapidated housing in northern Harlem, the South Bronx and Brooklyn, and invested in assisted housing for the mentally-ill homeless.

“I know firsthand what it takes to challenge the establishment in order to make history. Jim Johnson not only has what it takes, he has dedicated his life to fighting for justice and bringing about change,” said Dinkins. “From his time as Undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury to his work at the Brennan Center for Justice, time and again, Jim has challenged the powerful on behalf of the people, and brought diverse communities together to solve big problems. Jim Johnson is a proven leader who will bring uncompromising integrity to Trenton and I am proud to endorse his campaign for New Jersey Governor.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Mayor David Dinkins, who has been a role model of mine for years,” said Johnson. “Mayor Dinkins won his primary in a historic victory, and paved the way for so many of us to run for office. I greatly admire him as both a politician and human, and am humbled to receive his trust in my bid for Governor.”

If elected, Johnson would be the first African-American Governor of New Jersey, and only the third elected in the United States. Both Dinkins and Johnson have been lifetime advocates of criminal justice reform and affordable housing, two issues at the center of the New Jersey gubernatorial election.

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