Lizette Delgado-Polanco has resigned as vice chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and will be replaced by Somerset County Democratic chair Peg Schaffer, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Schaffer will serve as interim vice chair and will run for a full term on a ticket with Democratic State Chairman John Currie when he seeks re-election late this year.
It is expected that Schaffer will win the endorsement of Gov. Phil Murphy, who is backing Currie for another term as state chairman. Currie faces a stiff challenge from LeRoy Jones, Jr., the Essex County Democratic chairman.
Delgado-Polanco resigned as executive director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority yesterday after a two-month firestorm over questionable hiring practices that including allegations of nepotism.
Schaffer has led the transition of Somerset County from a Republican stronghold to politically competitive. Democrats elected a county clerk in 2017 and two freeholders in 2018 and are now contesting control of the Board of Freeholders for the first time since 1965.
Under Schaffer, Democrats have made tremendous gains at the local level, won two Assembly seats in the once solidly-GOP 16th legislative district, and last year elected a Democratic congressman.