June 10 2013
(Trenton, NJ) – The campaign of U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today filed petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections to place Holt’s name on the ballot for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming U.S. Senate special election.
Under New Jersey law, Holt was required to file 1,000 signatures. He filed 4,569.
“The support of so many thousands of New Jersey Democrats has been overwhelming,” Holt said. “These are exactly the committed, progressive New Jersey Democrats who will vote to choose our next senator in a special election primary.”
Holt did not hire any paid workers to collect signatures, relying instead on the efforts of volunteers. The volunteer support represents a continuation of Holt’s longstanding grassroots backing: Over the course of his Congressional career, Holt has raised four times as much money from small-dollar donors as any other New Jersey Democrat in the U.S. House – as well as raising more money overall.
Holt added, “We need a United States senator who will recommit our nation to progressive values, who will make the investments needed to keep the American Dream alive in the 21st century.”