As just reported in an article for nj.com, the odds of Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic) throwing her hat in the ring for the New Jersey governor’s race just went up. This is because at an event in Jersey City this morning, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham accidentally announced that Assemblywoman Sumter had already gotten into the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Even though Sumter laughed off the comment by Cunningham later in the day, she did not necessarily deny that she is considering a run. In fact, Sumter responded that her candidacy for governor is currently under “serious consideration.”
In addition to Sumter, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is also widely speculated as preparing to throw his hat in the ring for the governor’s race. He is joined by Phil Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, who has also announced that he will run for governor of New Jersey.
Sumter has been involved in state and national level politics for years now. Before serving as an Assemblywoman, Sumter was a part of the Electoral College in 2008 in which she supported Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president. Now, Sumter has publicly thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton in advance of the New Jersey primary scheduled for June 7, 2016. Sumter also comes from a family history of political activism. Her godfather is New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie. Sumter is currently serving in her third term in the state Senate and has been a very active lawmaker so far.