EWING – Twelfth Congressional District Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman released the following statement after a published report said Union County Democratic Chair Nick Scutari claimed the Congresswoman lied to him about her endorsement in Tuesday’s election.
As the former Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and someone who has been part of my fair share of political races, I certainly understand the pressures that accompany campaign season. With that said, there is simply no excuse for Nick Scutari to call me a liar. It is always my practice to stay out of primaries because I traditionally support incumbents.
I would imagine that if my conversations with Chairman Scutari progressed I would have gotten to the point of endorsing Line A and Colleen Mahr, who has no opposition on Tuesday. I stood with Colleen last year when she ran against Senator Scutari for County Chair just as she stood by my side when I first ran for Congress in 2014 and I am with her again this year in her election on Tuesday. I have always been very clear in my support for Colleen and I did not tell Chairman Scutari otherwise.
You can mishear me. You can misunderstand me. You cannot call me a liar.
Rep. Watson Coleman is the first African American woman to serve in Congress from New Jersey. She previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998 to 2015 and was the Majority Leader from 2006 to 2010. She was also the first African American woman to lead the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, serving as Chair from 2002 to 2006.