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Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones. )Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

LeRoy Jones: ‘I am running for the chairmanship of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’

Read Jones’ announcement here

By David Wildstein, November 15 2019 8:41 am

At a time when we must focus on defeating Donald Trump, strengthening our Democratic Congressional delegation and ensuring that we protect our Democratic majorities in the redistricting process, we must put aside personal differences. I am fortunate to have the support of the majority of Democratic State Committee members and county chairs, who are urging me to run because they believe that I am best positioned to unite our Democratic Party. To that end, I have refrained from derogatory remarks, labels and aspersions, because I believe that when this contest is over, we must put our differences aside and come together for the good of our Party.

My record as Essex County Democratic Chairman is clear: Essex County delivered the largest plurality of votes of all 21 counties for Governor Murphy in both his primary and general elections in 2017; we delivered the largest plurality of votes for Senator Menendez of all 21 counties in the 2018 general election; and we delivered nearly 60,000 votes from our county to elect Rep. Mikie Sherrill in what was long a Republican-held seat in 2018.

This is the record of success I want to export to every single one of our counties. I strongly believe that there is not one corner of the state where Democrats cannot compete and win. I strongly believe that a unified Democratic Party is unstoppable. And I strongly believe that a vibrant Democratic State Committee is one where resources are spent at the point of attack – on recruiting progressive candidates, on direct financial assistance to campaigns and on building strong local and county organizations.

Chairman Currie has ably served our Party for many years and I consider him a friend and a colleague. The strength and future of our Organization depends on unity and collective action. I believe my work and record has positioned me to serve our Party as a unifying figure in the years ahead.

Committee members are the lifeblood of our Democratic Party. It is with the utmost respect that I ask you for your support to be your next Democratic State Party chair.

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