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DiVincenzo endorses Jones for state chairman

11 Democratic mayors join county executive in backing Essex Democratic leader for state post

By David Wildstein, December 20 2018 1:45 pm

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has endorsed LeRoy Jones for Democratic State Chairman, calling him a perfect fit for the job.

“I have known LeRoy Jones for decades, served with him when we were both on the Freeholder Board and relied on his strategic intuition as my campaign manager. LeRoy was groomed for leadership by the late Phil Thigpen and has done a masterful job making the Democratic Party even stronger in Essex County and having its influence felt throughout New Jersey,” DiVincenzo said. “LeRoy has experience in local, county and state government, has demonstrated his leadership ability by delivering big wins for the Democratic Party and, most importantly, is a unifier who listens to everyone. If the opportunity becomes available, he will be a great leader for the New Jersey Democratic Party,” he added.

Joining Di Vincenzo in backing Jones are eleven Essex County Democratic Mayors, including all the Democratic mayors elected in partisan elections: Ted Green (East Orange), Tony Vauss (Irvington), Dwayne Warren (Orange), Ed Meinhardt (Livingston), Robert Jackson (Montclair), Michael Venezia (Bloomfield),  Cheryl Burstein (Millburn), Robert Parisi (West Orange), Victor DeLuca (Maplewood), and Democratic Mayors-elect James Spango (Roseland) and John Kelley (Caldwell).

“Essex County has the largest number of Democratic voters in New Jersey and produces the largest plurality of Democratic votes in every election,” DiVincenzo said.  “Any Democratic candidate running for a statewide office needs the support of Essex County to win. It only makes sense that should an opening exist someone from Essex be the State Chairman.”

Currie announced today that he would seek re-election.  He has the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy.

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