U.S. Senator Cory Booker will eschew the Democratic organization lines in Atlantic and Ocean counties and is now doubling down on his support of congressional candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Booker has filed a letter with the Division of Elections seeking to bracket with Harrison, one of five Democrats seeking to oust Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
Amy Kennedy won the Atlantic line by a 63%-28% margin after assembling a coalition of progressives, Craig Callaway’s Atlantic City political machine, and an extensive network of friends of her father, Jerry Savell, a former freeholder who served as a councilman in two municipalities.
Ocean County decided on Sunday to hold an open primary in the 2nd district. Now Booker will bracket with Harrison there, instead of running on the Democratic line.
Booker won the Atlantic County convention, just a couple of days after he endorsed Harrison.
In five other counties – Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington – Booker and Harrison are on the organization line together, along with Biden. Salem County has no lines on machine ballots, but the county Democratic organization has endorsed Biden, Booker and Harrison.
A candidate for Atlantic County surrogate, Levi Fox, filed in the Democratic primary and will also bracket with Booker and Harrison. No freeholder candidates were filed.
Kennedy is expected to bracket with progressive candidates running off the line in several South Jersey counties, including incumbent freeholder Jack Surrency in Cumberland, assuming that nominating petitions filed with county election officials on Monday are certified.
“I am proud to walk side by side with Senator Cory Booker in this election. As Democrats, our partnership is based on a shared a vision for the future, commitment to the policies that matter to New Jersey, and most of all, doing the hard work to actually win in November,” Harrison said. “I have worked closely with Cory for a long time – and from the beginning of this campaign, I have sought and embraced his support, along with the support of other elected officials and our important union voices. Together, we are uniting the Democratic party in South Jersey in an unprecedented way and we are looking forward to winning in November.”
This story was updated at 4:27 PM with comment from Harrison.