After watching and waiting for votes to be counted for more than three days, the news came Saturday morning: The Associated Press and other media outlets projected Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election after Biden won Pennsylvania.
The news quickly triggered a euphoric victory party in Montclair with the sounds of cheering, honking and cowbells as residents gathered along Bloomfield Avenue by Church Street, bearing signs and waving flags.
The party started shortly after the win was announced and went on for hours, into the night. Montclair residents were also seen along Grove Street, taking their Biden Harris lawn signs and receiving cheers and honks from cars passing by.
Essex County Congratulates Biden & Harris
Congratulations Mr. President-elect & Madam Vice President-elect. pic.twitter.com/wf5OcQv5gd
— Sean M. Spiller (@SeanMSpiller) November 7, 2020
Congratulations to President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris! Now is the time for Democrats, Republicans & Independents to put aside their differences, work together and do what's best for America! Let's find consensus & compromise, not division & hate! #EssexCounty pic.twitter.com/7zhxt6EyYH
— Joe D (@Joe_D_EssexExec) November 7, 2020
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory:
“President-elect Biden has spent his life in service to this country,” said Congresswoman Sherrill. “It is that experience that will help us bring this virus under control, rebuild our economy, and restore the soul of the nation. I have been waiting my entire life to see a woman in the White House, and I couldn’t be more thrilled than to have Kamala Harris as our Vice President. I look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to secure a better future for New Jersey families and all Americans across the country.”
Essex County Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill also offered congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris:
“In the most pivotal election of our lifetime, the American people reaffirmed the demand that our President carry himself with civility, while promoting unity among our citizens – as opposed to sowing seeds of division through fear.
I look forward to supporting and working with our future President and Vice President as they lead us through the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering our economy, engaging in environmental responsibility, and embracing the fight for equality and social justice.”
Photos/video: Dan Hamilton