Vice President Kamala Harris will visit New Jersey today, with child care and vaccinations on the agenda in what is a thinly veiled excuse to campaign alongside the Democratic governor who is facing Republican and three third-party challengers.
Harris is expected to arrive mid-morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.
She will take part in a roundtable discussion shortly before noon at Montclair State University about the proposed federal investment in child care, which is part of the administration’s economic agenda.
Harris will be accompanied in Montclair by Gov. Phil Murphy—who is running for a second term— and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Mikie Sherrill.
Polls show Murphy with a big lead over former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, while Green Party nominee Madelyn Hoffman, Libertarian candidate Gregg Mele, and Socialist Workers Party contender Joanne Kuniansky
The vice president and Murphy will then tour a vaccination site around 2:40 p.m. at Essex County College. President Joe Biden and Harris endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy for reelection on Wednesday.
Harris, in a video message, praised the Murphy administration’s diversity and policy achievements of raising the minimum wage, spending more money on public education and investing in clean energy jobs.
She departs for D.C. from Newark around 4:30 p.m.
As the first woman and first person of color to serve as vice president, Harris has broken barriers and served as a leading voice on the impact of race on health care, access to voting, and the legal system.
Harris was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having previously served as District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.
Vice President Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is announced that Harris will be the keynote speaker at a hybrid ceremony on Thursday, December 9, honoring this year’s Ripple of Hope Award winners: poet Amanda Gorman; political leader, entrepreneur, and author, Stacey Abrams; co-founder and managing partner of Clearlake Capital, José E. Feliciano; managing director of Insight Partners, Deven Parekh; and chairman and CEO of Verizon, Hans Vestberg.
Since 1968, the Ripple of Hope Award has celebrated exemplary leaders across business, government, advocacy, and entertainment who have demonstrated a commitment to social progress and advancing human rights.