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Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman

Judge allows Atlantic Democrats to postpone county committee elections

Objections dropped after county committee amended by-laws

By David Wildstein, May 12 2020 11:17 am

Atlantic County Democrats will elect county committee members in 2021 after parties to a lawsuit agreed to drop their objection.

Superior Court Judge James P. Savio today signed a consent order to move the election after Atlantic Democrats approved a by-law change to extend the terms of the current county committee with 92% of the vote.

Savio ruled last month that Democratic county chairmen in Atlantic and Cape May counties could not unilaterally move their party election to 2021, since they did not have the consent of the current county committee.

But Savio hinted that his decision would have been different if the full county committee had voted.

Cape May, which was also part of the original challenge, did not move to amend their bylaws and have decided to elect the county committee in 2020.  This move became easier when less than 15 progressive challengers actually filed nominating petitions before an extended filing deadline of April 21.

The New Jersey Working Families Alliance, the NJ CD-2 Progressive Democrats and county committee candidates Cassandra Gatelein in Cape May and Helen Duda in Atlantic, declined to seek a new hearing.

Fourteen county party organizations of both parties across the state have decided to move their county committee elections and party reorganization meetings until next year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey Democratic State Committee officials recommended that counties extend the terms of county committee members across the state, but not a directive.

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