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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy again declines to say if he’ll seek organizational lines

Governor’s progressive backers want the system nixed

By Nikita Biryukov, December 02 2020 2:34 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy again declined to say whether he would seek organizational lines for his re-election campaign.

“On organizational lines, the only thing I’ll declare is that I’m running again,” the governor said during Wednesday’s virus briefing. “I’m enthusiastically doing so.”

Organizational or party lines represent a favorable ballot position that progressives who make up the core of Murphy’s political base have argued disadvantage primary challengers and entrench incumbents.

Such lines are awarded by county political parties — sometimes through open conventions or screening committee votes — or county chairs.

It remains to be seen whether Murphy’s non-answer on organizational lines erodes his support among progressives who have championed his causes during his first three years in office. He declined in February to say whether he would seek party lines.

County party organizations will begin awarding lines in as little as two months.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to hold this position, and I’m going to seek re-election,” the governor said Wednesday. “Beyond that, no other details.”

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