Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden with Congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill at her campaign kick-off rally at Montclair State University, Wednesday, Sept. 5. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

By Jaimie Julia Winters

Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Montclair State University Wednesday, Sept. 5, campaigning for Congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill.

The former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor is running against Republican Jay Webber in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of Montclair. The seat has been held by retiring Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen since 1995, and has been held by Republicans for decades.

Democratic state chairman John Currie and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also attended Sherrill’s kick-off event.

Joe Biden
Joe Biden and Mikie Sherrill at Montclair State University on Sept. 5. NEIL GRABOWSKY/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

“We have a duty as citizens of a democracy to fight for what we know this country stands for,” Sherrill said. She said the U.S. was not built by heroes, but instead by “ordinary people.”

SAVE MONTCLAIR LOCAL: We need your support, and we need it today. The journalism you value from Montclair Local, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, depends on the community's support — we exist because the old model of selling ads alone just can't fund journalism at the level we endeavor to provide. That's why you've seen other local newsrooms cut back staff or shut down entirely. Montclair Local was created because we believe that's unacceptable; the community's at its best when triumphs are celebrated, when power is held to account, when diverse lived experiences are shared — when the community is well-informed.

Montclair is seeking to raise $230,000 from donors, members and grantors between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to put us on firm footing for 2022, and continue supporting the hard work of our journalists into the new year and beyond. Visit to see how we're doing and make your contribution.

Biden told the crowd that “we are in a battle for the soul of America” and called on the crowd to return to American values. He also told the students to do their part by voting in the Nov. 6 elections.

Sherrill took 78 percent of the vote in the June Democratic primary. Webber won the Republican primary with 40 percent.