The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has a new video paying tribute to John Currie, who will leave office later today after eight years as the state party chairman.
The video includes accolades from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Democratic National Chairman Jaime Harrison, members of the New Jersey congressional delegation, and his successor, Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr.
“It’s not hyperbole to say that Chairman Currie has been one of the most effective leaders our party has ever seen,” said Murphy. “With his steady guidance and commitment to growing our party, we have seen the Democratic Party in New Jersey reach new heights during his time in office. Democrats now represent 10 out of 12 of New Jersey’s congressional districts, both U.S. Senate seats, and both houses of the State Legislature. We have seen Democratic candidates triumph in formerly deep red Republican areas like Somerset, Burlington, Monmouth and Morris Counties. And we’ve expanded our advantage in base counties like Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Middlesex, Union, Camden, Gloucester and more. We also now have over one million more registered Democrats than Republicans in our state for the first time.”
Murphy said that “none of these accomplishments have happened by accident. ”
Chairman Currie’s leadership has played a major role in overseeing this new reality,” Murphy said. “His strong, progressive values, his commitment to helping people, and his strength as an organizer and a leader have set an example for all other Democrats in our state to follow. ”
“Probably the most important success was that you were able to keep all Democrats together — most of the time anyway, “Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) told Currie.