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New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Currie may remove state committee members with bad attendance

NJ Dems meeting tomorrow night

By David Wildstein, March 18 2019 10:07 am

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is considering the removal of members who have missed three or more meetings as a lead up to the vote for state chairman between incumbent John Currie and Essex County Democratic chair LeRoy Jones.

Currie allies have been pushing their supporters to attend tomorrow night’s meeting in Basking Ridge.

The state party bylaws provide that “any member … who is absent for three (3) consecutive voting sessions … shall have their position as a voting member terminated immediately.”

The move, aimed at pushing out a few state committee members who are expected to support Jones, could be a waste of time.

Vacancies would be filled through a vote of the full county committee, which could be scheduled before the state chairman election.

County chairs control that process.

A Union County state committeeman seat was left vacant last April following the death of Assemblyman Jerry Green.  Union County Democrats are expected to fill the vacancy when the county committee reorganizes in June.

The county chairman, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), has endorsed Jones.  There is little doubt that the person Scutari picks to fill the two years remaining in Green’s term will also be a Jones supporter.

The state committee allows proxy voting for those members unable to attend.  For the upcoming meeting, the state party has tightened its rules on proxies: they are not allowing county organizations to request proxies on behalf of its members, forcing each state committee member to request their own; proxies will need to be correctly filled out; and enforcing a rule that requires proxy-by-mail ballots deadline of 5 PM tomorrow.

Terminated members and their county chair are required to receive notice within 48 hours and have an opportunity to appeal their notice at the next state party meeting.

Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to speak at the meeting, along with state party vice chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco.

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