ScarJo backs Stringer for NYC mayor

Laura Donovan | Contributor

“Iron Man 2” star Scarlett Johansson can’t make it out to the Marine Corps Ball, but she’s using her celebrity to help Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer land the 2013 New York mayoral election.

According to PolitickerNY, the 26-year-old life-long New Yorker will be campaigning for Stringer. A vocal supporter for President Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle, Johansson is assisting with an October kickoff bash, plans to get friends on board with Stringer, and intends to pledge the maximum amount of $4950. (PICTURES: Can’t say no to ScarJo)

“I love Scott,” the “Sexiest Woman Alive” told the publication. “He’s so the right guy for the job…Scott’s very environmentally aware, and he wants to reinvest in New York in a cultural way, in a social way—to make the city affordable and available and enjoyable for New Yorkers. That’s what I want to see. Everyone I know that grew up here or lives here or works here, we want that. We want to see transportation expanded. We want a greener New York, a cleaner New York.”

Johansson added that New York is ready for a change after three terms of “a money man, a businessman” and could use more affordable housing. Stringer love seems to run in the family, as Johansson’s twin brother Hunter is volunteering for the prospective mayor. In the 1980s, ScarJo’s grandmother worked with Stringer to acquire more Mitchell-Lama housing.

Though a registered independent, Johansson has pushed for liberal causes and politicians. In 2008, she campaigned for Obama, recorded a phone message for election efforts, and said, “My heart belongs to Barack.” Earlier this year, Johansson was reportedly romantically linked to leftist “I Am Sam” actor Sean Penn, with whom she attended the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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