To our congressional candidates — or delegation, Frank Pallone, Bob Menendez, Donald Payne, Rob Andrews, Bill Pascrell, Steve Rothman and Rush Holt, you all have been terrific.
I appreciate your help. You are a great fighter team for New Jersey.
To this man, Tom Giblet (ph), who has led this Democratic Party. Let’s hear a rousing round of applause.
To the county chairs that have organized this effort and to the county committee folks who made it happen, I say thank you. No one wins without your help.
You know, by the way, Joanie (ph) and I were new to politics and a couple of years ago somebody said, GOTV. We thought that was a television station. It’s what Tom Giblet (ph) has taught me how to deliver.
Let me give a special word of thanks also to some special New Jersey Democrats, two people who have a very bright future. One is Bill Bradley who helped campaign for me. He’s not here tonight but let’s hear it for Bill Bradley.
And the second is something that we’re all going to go to work on tomorrow morning and that’s to make sure we have a next governor of New Jersey, Jim McGravy (ph).
Tomorrow morning I expect you to be working, Jim.
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Let me say now something that is truly special and I know made a difference in this race, and that is labor.
The AFL-CIO, Charlie Nelson (ph) and Kimmie Cannigliero (ph), Laura Brennan (ph), a whole series of everyone got out and made the difference. I’ve said over and over today, I’ve walked with labor, I’ll work with labor and I won with labor. And I thank you.
Let me also say to the people in the leadership of minority and ethnic communities, the environmental movement, women’s groups across the state, I say a special thank you, because I know you made a difference. Your challenges are my challenges.
And of all those I’ve thanked, let me say to the African-American clergy, I want to make clear that I know that you know and the public should know you are truly unbought and unbossed.
To my campaign chairs, Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg (ph) …
She is a winner.
To Mayor Sharpe James (ph) and Assemblyman Rudy Garcia (ph), thank you for your incredible help. From the start to finish, you provided the counsel, the warmth, the support that’s made a difference to make this successful effort.
And, Sharpe (ph), you know you were right when you said to a whole bunch of crowds all over this state, “You can’t wish him in. You can’t pray him in. You’ve got to vote him in.” You have voted me in.
They did, and I know it, and I thank you.
To Debra Lynch (ph), Nancy Dunlap (ph), Warren Kramer (ph), and hundreds of friends and neighbors, I could not be more appreciative of your help. Personal friends who work to make their friend’s dreams come true are truly special people. You all are special people.
To Chuck Rush (ph), I thank you for your care and counsel and prayers, for both Bob and myself.
And to my campaign staff, to all who have endured the trial by fire of two tough elections over 19 months, for managing a halting neophyte, an occasional grouch, and a leading to tonight’s magnificent victory, I say, thank you.
You should be proud. I am proud of you.
Particularly I am proud of the young lady over on my right, Christie Davis (ph), one of the strongest, most remarkable young ladies in politics.