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Booker endorses Pascrell in NJ-9

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is endorsing Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) for re-election in the 9th Congressional District, giving Pascrell another prominent backer in his Democratic primary against Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah.

“Bill Pascrell’s dedication to public service and determination to stand up for New Jersey have made our state a better place to live,” Booker said in a statement. “Bill has lived all his life where he grew up, in Paterson, and he has never forgotten where he came from. We see his passion for standing up for people who too often have no voice in everything he does, and I can think of few members of Congress more committed to making sure government works for everyone than Bill Pascrell .’

Pascrell has also received support from a host of other Democrats both statewide and in the 9th District: Governor Phil Murphy, all three of the district’s Democratic organizations, and a wide range from local state legislators, county officials and mayors.

That, combined with his huge fundraising advantage, makes Pascrell the substantial favorite against Khairullah, whose campaign was rooted in the North Jersey Muslim community’s frustration with Pascrell over his positions on the Gaza war. (Paterson and its nearby suburbs have large Muslim and Palestinian American populations, although it makes up only a small portion of the district as a whole.)