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Kim steering clear of state chairmanship contest

Congressman says he hasn’t thought about Jones-Currie fight

By Nikita Biryukov, September 04 2019 2:03 pm

Rep. Andy Kim isn’t taking sides in a potential fight over New Jersey’s Democratic state chairmanship.

“I haven’t thought about it yet,” Kim said when asked about a looming challenge to Democratic State Chairman John Currie. “I don’t even actually know when the terms are up, so I haven’t had a chance to focus in on that. I’ve just been focusing on the district right now, just kind of getting my head under me.”

Essex County Chairman LeRoy Jones has been mulling a challenge to Currie since at least last December, when the former Assemblyman said he’d run for Currie’s seat at the head of New Jersey’s Democratic party if there was support for him to do so.

The state’s Democratic county chairs quickly drew lines in the sand.

Burlington County Democratic Chairman Joseph Andl backed Jones.

Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp largely kept clear of the fight, though he signaled support for Currie in April, when Somerset County Chairwoman Peg Schaffer replaced Lizette Delgado-Polanco as state Democratic vice chairwoman.

“I look forward to working with her and Chairman Currie to continue engaging with more voters, expanding the electorate, training the next generation of leaders and electing Democrats up and down the ballot and across the state,” Earp said at the time.

Earp declined to comment beyond the statement at the time, but Earp told Gov. Phil Murphy that he would support the Currie-Schaffer team when the state committee votes later this year, according to a source with direct knowledge of the conversation, which took place a day before Earp sent out his statement, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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