Over the years, on the campaign trail and off, I've been fortunate enough to earn the backing of many prominent party leaders and community activists. As we move forward, I hope to earn all of your support in our bold campaign for the people.
Rev. Gil Caldwell, a Civil Rights movement veteran who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, noted Jim’s efforts to serve marginalized communities as an Asbury Park Councilman:
“I first met Jim Keady when he was serving on the Asbury Park City Council and was a strong voice for the people in town who had been underrepresented for decades – the poor, the marginalized, the powerless. I watched Jim fight battles from the council dais that were informed by his commitment to being in the streets, always listening to the people, and always amplifying their voices and concerns. At times he reminded me of the nonviolent warriors Dr. King and I marched with him during the Civil Rights movement.
Over the years this has been descriptive of my approach to politics and justice-making; “I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.” I have voted for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Jim Keady, I believe, will respond to the interests of all people, in a way that unites us rather than divides us. In these times, Jim’s is the kind of common sense, moral voice we need on Capitol Hill right now. This is why I wholeheartedly support Jim Keady’s run for the United States House of Representatives and I encourage others to do the same.”
Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline, JD, of Red Bank, referenced Jim’s background in theology and social justice activism, stating:
“Over the past year plus, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking alongside Jim Keady, as we march for justice, stand up for people in need who get marginalized by society, lead people to find their voices in the struggle to return dignity to every human, and fighting for a better, more loving, and dignified society. Jim’s unflinching commitment to ideals that transcend any particular religious faith or creed make him the type of person that we desperately need in Washington, D.C., right now. This is why I am publicly supporting Jim in his 4th district congressional run, and I am encouraging other faith leaders – and all people of this community – to do the same. Our voices need to be heard and acknowledged.”
Matt Doherty, Mayor of Belmar, praised Jim’s commitment to community and viability as the 4th District Democratic nominee:
“As the Mayor of Belmar, I’m proud to endorse Jim Keady’s candidacy for the 4th Congressional District. Jim was born and raised here, and has deep ties to this community and throughout the 4th District. His dedication to public service was on display in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, where Jim led by example through his volunteerism amid cleanup relief efforts, and he continued to help families who were in dire need to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. This commitment to community, service, and activism is why I believe he is the best Democratic candidate to take on Chris Smith in November.”
Jennifer Nicolay, Belmar Councilwoman, spoke about Jim’s dedication to help Shore residents recover from Superstorm Sandy in a statement:
“When Superstorm Sandy hit, Jim and I worked hand-in-hand tirelessly to help the people of Belmar and throughout the Jersey Shore get to a safe place, get back in their homes, and begin rebuilding their lives. I watched Jim work from sun up to sundown, day-in and day-out volunteering his time and leadership to help his hometown neighbors in need.”
“Unlike our current congressman, Jim has lived here in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District his entire life, he knows the people in our district and the issues that are important to us. Moreover, as a woman from this district who has seen Chris Smith’s destructive policies, I know that Jim will amplify women’s voices in Congress and fight for our reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, paid maternity and paternity leave, and ending sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. As a Belmar Town Councilwoman, I’m proud to stand with Jim as he prepares to take on Chris Smith in November.”
Tom Brennan, Belmar Councilman, said the recent debate clinched his endorsement:
“When I watched Jim at the Wall/Howell Democratic town hall debate on Monday, I saw the man I’ve known for the past 15 years right where he should be – leading by example, now in an effort to represent us as a Congressman in the 4th District. I’ve watched Jim’s tireless efforts of behalf of unions and worker’s rights, and his fierce dedication as a public servant to the people of Asbury Park where he served as a City Councilman.”
“On a personal note, when Superstorm Sandy hit our hometown of Belmar, Jim immediately sprung into action to lead cleanup teams to help our neighbors get cleaned up. This was nasty, brutal work – and my teenage son would attest – he went out one day to work with Jim and came home to say ‘Dad, I’m not doing that again!’ Jim is the leader we need to take on Chris Smith in November. He cares deeply about the 4th district, because this is his home. I’m proud to support him in this race.”
Brian Magovern, Belmar Councilman, who watched Jim grow up in his community, said:
“I’ve known Jimmy Keady since he was in first grade. I taught him as a young child, I coached him well before he became a professional athlete, and I’ve watched him grow into a man of integrity. Whether it was Jim teaching my daughter at St. Rose High School, or coaching kids across Monmouth County, I know that Jim will make us proud as a representative in Congress. We need a Democratic candidate who will take the fight to Chris Smith. I can tell you firsthand about that kind of fight. I was sitting two rows in front of Jim when our former Governor, Chris Christie, screamed at Jim to “sit down and shut up” when Jim was merely standing up for Superstorm Sandy families who had not received promised aid from the then-Governor. Jim is the right man for this moment in our country, and I’m proud to endorse his candidacy.”