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Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Montclair)

Giblin wants ‘bloodless fight’ in race between Currie, Jones

Ex-Democratic state chairman: ‘What’s the point of pushing ahead if the numbers aren’t there’

By David Wildstein, November 11 2019 6:50 pm

A former Democratic State Chairman wants the fight for his old job between John Currie and LeRoy Jones, Jr. to end quickly and quietly — maybe without forcing Democrats to hold a vote.

“It would be in the party’s best interest to have a bloodless fight,” said Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Montclair), who served as state chairman from 1997 to 2001.  “What’s the point of pushing ahead if the numbers aren’t there? If the numbers can be verified, it’s over.”

The New Jersey Globe reported today that Jones has reached the magic number of 49 ½ to oust Currie as state party chairman after scoring the endorsement of Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp.  Jones leads Currie, 55 to 43.

“Jones and Currie are reasonable people,” Giblin told the Globe. “I don’t think their egos will get ahead of reality.”

Re-elected to an eighth term in the legislature last week, Giblin has been around the political scene since the 1950s, when his father was an Essex County freeholder.

He’s viewed as a man of tremendous gravitas in New Jersey politics and has been neutral in family fight between two of his friends and political allies.   He was the Essex County Democratic Chairman when Currie won his first party leadership contest in Passaic, and he served on the Essex County Board of Freeholders with Jones in the 1980s.

Now that Jones has taken the lead, Giblin things the door is now open for other state committee members to jump onto his bandwagon.

“When they see the pendulum swing, they gravitate because everyone wants to be with the winner, not on the outside looking in,” Giblin explained.

Most important to Giblin is that Democrats stop fighting over the chairmanship.  He thinks Gov. Phil Murphy can make that happen.

“Murphy needs a united party to win a second term. We need one Democratic Party,” Giblin said.  “Murphy still has to bring them together.”

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One thought on “Giblin wants ‘bloodless fight’ in race between Currie, Jones

  1. The fact that Democrats are fighting over the state party chairmanship means Gov. Phil Murphy is spilling blood and wasting political capital instead of leading New Jersey.

    That job belongs to Maralogo Democrat George Norcross, who is toying with the Wall Street millionaire to prove that money only buys so much power. It is time for progressive Democrats to recognize that nobody is pulling for us in the Norcross-Murphy tug-of-war.

    Murphy is I’ll prepared for a fight against the South Jersey power broker. The governor has nobody on his team capable of doing battle and the entire Legislature has sided against him

    Money or not, Murphy has been neutered and it’s just as well because despite his rhetoric, this Wall Street wizard has never really been on our side. He is certainly not one of us!

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