PERTH AMBOY — Ron Snipes, a Perth Amboy native who made news headlines after successfully preventing a suicidal man from jumping off the Victory Bridge in January, has endorsed Billy Delgado for mayor.
Snipes said Delgado has visionary leadership that has been sorely missing in Perth Amboy but at least one authority who attested to the hero’s character is likely to be disappointed in his political choice.
“He’s Perth Amboy’s hero. He sets a great example for how we should all live,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz during a tribute held at the Perth Amboy City Hall honoring Snipes’ heroism. “We acknowledge that what he did was extremely rare for a person to do. Someone may have dialed 9-1-1 and called it in, but he saw what was happening and took action.”
“Everybody knows Ron,” said Diaz who detailed his selfless efforts, ability to overcome adversity, involvement with city youth, humanitarian acts and stand-up talent. “He’s also a great comedian. But most of all he is know for his conscience. He understands about putting people first, before his own needs.”
Delgado said it is hard to find a person in Perth Amboy who has not heard of Snipes, whether it is from his comedy productions, his act of heroism or his work with youth in the community.
“I am proud to have the support of Ron Snipes, who is leading our effort to mobilize the African-American community and a broad cross-section of younger voters,” said Delgado. “He is funny and charming and he knows how to connect with people, so Ron will be an effective advocate for my campaign to restore jobs and economic vitality to Perth Amboy.”
Snipes spoke passionately about Delgado’s history of involvement with community interests and his vision for making the city a better place, during a recent campaign fundraiser held at the Armory. The comedian suggested that if Delgado were not a candidate for mayor, he would be running for the office.
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