At the Mercer County Democratic Committee fall fundraiser last night, local Democrats raised a glass to Representative Rush Holt and cheered on the campaign efforts of his presumptive successor, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.
In a star-studded showing by the County organization, attending to bid Congressman Holt farewell were a venerable “who’s who” of NJ Politics, including Senate President Steve Sweeney, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulup, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senator Cory Booker.
“This county is a powerhouse again,” remarked Sweeney in a nod to the efforts of County Chair Liz Muoio and County Executive Brian Hughes. “This is a Democratic county. This is Democratic state. We’re taking all the seats back.”
Holt’s presumptive heir in Congress echoed the Senator’s comments, thanking the county party leaders for proving “how significant, how deliverable and how successful Mercer County is as a Democratic county.”
Turning to thanking the Congressman himself, Watson Coleman remarked to the crowd that Holt was not only a scientist but was “equally passionate about the rights of individuals and the rights of women.”
Fulop and Wisniewski shared their own stories and accolades for the Congressman, with Fulop delivering a proclamation from Jersey City honoring Holt.
In accepting the accolades, Holt thanked those assembled for their support over the years, sharing it that it was an honor to continue to serve the people of the 12th district.
It has been my task and remains my task to build confidence in government that grows out of serving people and meeting their needs, to have fairness in their lives and hope and opportunity. My belief in this community, in the constitution, in this country is as great as ever.