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Murphy appointee endorses Currie

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, a witness in the Alvarez probe, weighs in on state chairman race

By David Wildstein, December 22 2018 5:27 pm

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who holds a $225,000-a-year state job and it one of the Murphy administration officials called to testify before the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee as part of the Al Alvarez investigation, has endorsed John Currie for re-election as the Democratic State Chairman.

Delgado-Polanco is the vice chair of the Democratic State Committee as well as the executive director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

“John and I have worked side by side to rebuild the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and those efforts along with the support of Governor Murphy and grassroots activists all over the state have made our party stronger than ever,” said Delgado-Polanco. “John Currie’s record speaks for itself — diverse, inclusive party leadership, electing a Democratic Governor, United State Senators, 11 of 12 members of Congress, legislative majorities and capturing hundreds of local and county seats. Chairman Currie is the ideal choice to lead our party and I look forward to running alongside him and serving another term together.”

Delgado-Polanco worked for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters until a reorganization left her looking for a new job.  She replaced Charles B. McKenna at the schools development authority in August, where Al Alvarez was her chief of staff until allegations that he raped a Murphy campaign worker during the 2017 campaign came to light.  The legislative committee has asked her to testify.

As vice chair, Delgado-Polanco does not have a vote in Currie’s race for chair against Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones.

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