03/28/2008 02:48 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton Superdelegate Defects to Obama

A former Clinton superdelegate from New Jersey announced Thursday morning she was switching her support to Barack Obama. Christine "Roz" Samuels, Montclair-based union activist and member of the state NAACP announced she was moving from Clinton to Obama, citing the latter's ability to unite the country:

"I now support Barack Obama because he has brought about a new wave of hope and energy to this country, especially among our young people, who represent our future. People want to see change. Barack can help unite this country and help us embrace our diverse nation," she said.

"I am also proud to support Senator Obama because he spoke clearly and forcefully against the war in Iraq from the start," Samuels added. "I know he has the leadership to make sure we bring our young men and women home as quickly and carefully as possible, and ensure all Americans have access to affordable health care."

Samuels served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Newark Teachers' Union, Local 481 from 1995 until 2007. Samuels is a former Commissioner of the Essex County Board of Elections and a member of the Montclair Democratic Committee.