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New Jersey Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Jones re-elected Dem state chairman

By David Wildstein, January 10 2022 7:56 pm

LeRoy Jones, Jr. was re-elected to a second term as New Jersey Democratic State Chairman on Monday, which will keep him in office through the 2023 mid-term legislative elections.

Jones, the Essex County Democratic chairman and a former assemblyman and freeholder, became state chairman in June 2021.  He replaced John Currie, who had held the post for eight years.

“Our Democratic Party is facing a critical challenge this year as we work to maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, which would allow us to continue pursuing a policy agenda that will make it possible for working families to rise up, to make our economy work for everyone and to pursue justice and fairness in our society,” Jones said.  “I’m honored and excited to begin a full term leading our New Jersey Democratic State Committee during this crucial period, when control of Washington will run right through our state.”

On Jones’ watch, Gov. Phil Murphy became the first New Jersey governor to run unopposed in the Democratic primary and then win a second term since Robert Meyner did it 64 years ago.

Vice Chair Marguerite Schaffer was also re-elected.

“I want to thank my fellow Executive Board officers, Governor Murphy, our Democratic State Committee members, party leaders from throughout our state and especially the rank and file Democrats who are working hard every day to improve our communities for the trust and support they have shown in me, and I promise to do everything I can to repay that faith with results,” said Jones.

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