New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is slowly gaining support from Democratic, elected officials in his reelection campaign.
Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis' endorsement of Christie earlier this week marked the 14th Democrat elected in New Jersey to throw their support behind the incumbent in his reelection bid against state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen).
"Governor Christie believes in putting progress before politics and knows that’s what people in every part of New Jersey expect from their leaders,” Davis said in his endorsement of Christie.
Currently, Christie's Democratic support is limited to mayors, and local officials in towns across the state, including the entire Democratic government in Harrison. The Star-Ledger reported earlier this month that Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble and Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy also were considering backing Christie. State Sen. Brian Stack (D), who is also Union City mayor, called Christie "numero uno" in February.
Many of the Democrats have had relationships with Christie and his administration in the past. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo (D) told The New York Times in 2011 that his relationship with Christie dated back to Christie's tenure as a U.S. attorney a decade ago. DiVincenzo's chief of staff told the Star-Ledger that his boss had not decided who to endorse.