The Democratic National Convention is one of the most anticipated events this election year and many New Jersey celebrities in both Hollywood and politics have attended over the past couple of days. Whether it was current residents or stars that were born here, lots of Garden Staters are speaking up about the future of the country.
Summit native Meryl Streep, whose Donald Trump impression recently went viral, wowed audiences on July 26 by donning an American flag dress and screaming into the microphone while supporting presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “What does it take to be the first female anything,” she said. “It takes grit and it takes grace.”
New Jersey born Orange is the New Black star Diane Guerraro also showed her support at the DNC and took to Instagram to post about her excitement. “Otay I’m ready! Here at the #DNC with #creativecoalition,” she wrote. “Happy to be among some good people!#demsinphilly #strongertogether.”
Rev Run took his whole family to the celebrations and even met first lady Michelle Obama. “My wife said meeting Michelle Obama was one of her best days EVER,” wrote the Saddle Run rapper alongside a clip on Instagram. “She’s such an inspiration to so many.”
Lena Dunham, whose boyfriend is NJ-born rocker Jack Antonoff, gave an impassioned speech supporting Hillary while Tenafly native Lea Michele gave a virtual shout out. “Yes,” she wrote. “This is MY #FightSong. #ImWithHer #DemsInPhilly.”
Of course, New Jersey senator Cory Booker has been campaigning alongside Hillary recently and gave a strongly worded speech on July 25 at the convention. He spoke about economic inequality and led the crowd in a chant: “We. Will. Rise.”
To close out the second night of the convention, Englewood resident Alicia Keys performed to soulful songs “Superwoman” and “In Common.”
Susan Sarandon, who grew up in Edison, attended the convention as well, but as a Bernie Sanders supporter. She spoke at a pro-Sanders rally in Philadelphia on Sunday and a GIF has gone viral of the actress showing a less than thrilled expression on her face.
Montclair resident Stephen Colbert is all over the DNC like he was at the Republican National Convention donning his Hunger Games inspired costume.
With a few more days left in the convention, we can’t wait to see what other A-list New Jersey representatives show up.