One day after saying he would “put his name forward to be considered for the Democratic nomination in this year’s state senate race in New Jersey’s 7th Legislative District, Assemblyman Troy Singleton has received the endorsement of two prominent Democrats.
On Tuesday, State Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) announced 2017 would be her last year in office due to unspecified health reasons. She said she would finish her term, but wouldn’t run for re-election.
Pundits assumed the Democrats would target the seat, hoping to build on the 25-16 majority they already hold in the State Senate. Both 7th District Assemblyman, Singleton and Herb Conaway, are Democrats.
Soon after, Singleton told The Observer he plans to put his name forward to be considered by the County Committee.
On Wednesday, Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) endorsed Singleton.
“Troy is a fighter for working families and a true public servant, having learned directly from one of New Jersey's truly great leaders, former Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts,” Norcross said on Wednesday. “As a State Assemblyman, Troy has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for taxpayers, students, and veterans. And as a leader in New Jersey's labor community, representing carpenters from across the state, he continues to get results for working men and women.
“Most importantly, I know Troy as a devoted husband and father, an active youth mentor, and a tireless advocate for his community. He represents the best that New Jersey has to offer, and I am sure he will serve us well in the State Senate.”
State Sen. Stephen Sweeney has also endorsed Singleton for the seat.
“I want to thank Diane Allen for her years of dedicated service to the Senate and to the people of the 7th District. I wish her the best,” Sweeney said. “I also want to praise Assemblyman Troy Singleton for his dynamic leadership skills. He has demonstrated strength and vigor as a labor leader and as a young man who is committed to the needs of working families. “Troy not only has the skills and abilities to serve with distinction in the New Jersey Senate, but he also has the integrity to do the right things and the passionate dedication to making real progress. Troy will be an exceptional addition to the Senate."