Four Democratic candidates for Congress have signed up to run on a line with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lisa McCormick, who is challenging incumbent Bob Menendez in the June primary.
Because the Senate candidate heads the ticket, any candidate bracketed with McCormick will be guaranteed of getting preferential ballot position – either the first or second spot, depending on how the individual county clerks draw. This prevents some candidates from getting lost on the ballot.
Joining McCormick are four Democrats who are challenging incumbent Democratic congressmen in the primary: Robert Lee Carlson against Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden); Javahn Walker against Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch); William O. Henry against Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson); and Aaron Fraser against Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).
McCormick has offered to share her preferential ballot position with any New Jersey Democrat who asks.
This story was updated to reflect new information.