"As Mayor of Newark, the largest city in the State, I can affirm and attest that the notion Senator Rice has not done anything for his community is beyond the pale and absolutely false. As one of the most senior ranking senators in the State of New Jersey, serving as Senator of our 28th Legislative District consecutively since his first appointment on November 18, 1986, Senator Rice is a true hero and has been a tireless and effective advocate.
"Throughout his many years of service in the Senate, his work has contributed to moving Newark forward and strengthening every municipality in our State through our struggles against inequity. His accomplishments to date are outstanding and I am extremely proud that Senator Rice is my Senator. He has my unwavering support. I stand with him always, and I will continue to work with him to improve the lives of all Newark residents."