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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Booker backs open presidential primaries in New Jersey

Senator backs Menendez Plan for no organization lines in White House contest

By David Wildstein, February 25 2020 6:55 pm

U.S. Senator Cory Booker favors a plan for no organization lines in the presidential primary in June.

“Cory supports an open presidential primary in New Jersey,” his spokesman, Tom Pietrykoski, told the New Jersey Globe.

Booker becomes the latest top New Jersey Democrat to come out in support for the plan proposed by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez last week to not award lines for president in the June 2 primary.

The Menendez Plan urges county chairs to put presidential candidates in a separate column on the June 2 primary election ballot rather than endorse a particular contender and put him or her on their organization line.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Democratic State Chairman John Currie, Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr., and Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise have all signaled a willingness to consider the open primary proposal over the next few weeks.

Booker, who dropped his White House bid last month, is seeking re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

He faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from Lawrence Hamm, a former Newark school board member who chairs Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign.

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