Top Democrats Endorse Delgado

PERTH AMBOY — State Democratic Party Chairperson John Wisniewski, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman and Perth Amboy Democratic Chairperson Leslie Dominguez Rodriguez have endorsed Billy Delgado for mayor.

Wisniewski, one of two assemblymen who represent the city, said Delgado is “the real Democrat” in the race that includes incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz and four minor challengers.

“Unlike Mayor Diaz, Billy Delgado shares our Democratic Party ideals and principles,” said Wisniewski, speaking from the front porch of the challenger’s Kearny Street home. “Billy is pro-choice, supports unions and collective bargaining and opposes siphoning tax dollars away from our public schools.”

“Mayor Diaz disagrees with us on all of these key issues,” said Wisniewski. “Her very conservative views are more in line with her friend Chris Christie and out of step with our values.”

“I am honored by this outpouring of support by my fellow Democratic leaders,” said Delgado. “The momentum is building for my campaign of change in Perth Amboy.”

“I have a comprehensive plan for redevelopment and tax reduction and I will continue to explain my vision for the future to the voters in the final three weeks of this campaign,” Delgado said. “Today marks the launching of the Vision Express where I will set forth my detailed plans in daily events.”

Rodriguez said the incumbent has been a profound disappointment because she has curried favor with the Republican Governor by advocating an end to the state’s affordable housing program and attacks on public worker benefits, as well as holding positions on education that virtually mirror those of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Diaz has also disappointed Democrats by failing to exert leadership on local initiatives and in breaking campaign promises by denying city residents hiring opportunities, instead opting to retain ‘double dippers’ who live outside the city for the top salaried jobs.

Taxes collected for municipal purposes and unemployment in the city have both doubled since Diaz was elected, crime rates have risen 20 percent and the incumbent has burdened homeowners with about $50 million in new debt.

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