Three Prospect Park councilors are supporting Pascrell over Khairullah

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today unveiled endorsements from 21 municipal elected officials in the Passaic County cities he represents – including three council members from Prospect Park, where Pascrells Democratic primary challengerMohamed Khairullah is the incumbent mayor.

“Every mayor, council member and resident of Passaic County knows that when they need federal help, they can always count on Congressman Pascrell,” Prospect Park Councilman Robert Artis said in a statement. “Bill’s voice in Washington resonates for us again and again. That’s why Democratic leaders from across the country speak with one voice: We support our warrior in Congress, Bill Pascrell!”

Artis and two of his fellow council members, Zack Daghstani and Esther Perez, make up half of the governing body in Prospect Park, the small city district that Khairullah has led since 2005. The three other sitting councilors of the district do not appear to have chosen sides in the contested congress contest.

Also on Pascrell’s list of endorsers are five Haledon Borough Council members, five Passaic City Council members, Clifton Councilor Joseph Kolodziej, Hawthorne Councilor Joseph Wojtecki, Wayne Councilor Francine Ritter and five Paterson City Council members, including Council President Alex Mendez.

Paterson’s show of support is especially notable, partly because it is the largest city in the district and partly because Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh is the mayor of Paterson. only mayor in the 9th Congressional District, who has not taken sides in the Pascrell versus Khairullah primary. Sayegh considered tackling Pascrell himself this year, but ultimately decided against it.

Pascrell had previously received the support of a wide variety of other key power players, including every local state legislator in the 9th District, many major labor unions, all three local county parties and Governor Phil Murphy. He is considered the substantial favorite for renomination against Khairullah, whose campaign has struggled to make inroads against the longtime incumbent.