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Shanel Robinson. (Photo: Somerset County Democrats.)

Democrats use State Labor Department to recruit canvassers

Dems in four NJ counties utilize state program to help people find jobs

By David Wildstein, October 13 2018 5:05 pm

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is helping the Democratic State Committee find canvassers to work on the campaign in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Union counties – a smart strategy by the state party that appears completely legal and could boost the chances of picking up a congressional seat and gaining countywide offices in Morris and Somerset.

The state party has been registered as an employer with the state since 1953, which makes them eligible to use the Labor Department’s Somerset One-Stop Career Center, according to Angela Delli Santi, a spokesperson for the department.

Delli Santi said that the career center sends job recruitment e-mails on behalf of employers and said the one recruiting $15-per-hour canvassers to work for Democrats was “legitimate.”

The treatment of the Democrats by the Labor Department is the same they offer to hundreds of New Jersey private sector businesses who use the same service to seek employees.

Republicans are eligible to use the same service, although there is no evidence that they do.

Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Union are all in New Jersey’s 7th district, where Democrat Tom Malinowski is locked in a close race with five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).  Polls have shown the race to be within the statistical margin of error.

Democrats are also trying to break the all-Republican freeholder boards in Morris and Somerset, and elect a Democratic county clerk in Morris.  Democrats have not won freeholder seats in Morris since 1973 and in Somerset since 1979; Democrats have not elected a Morris County Clerk since before the Civil War.

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