Gov. Phil Murphy called LeRoy Jones’ bid for Democratic state chairman an attack on Democrats and activists Wednesday.
“If you support me, if you support my agenda of making our state stronger and fairer, and if you support Democratic Party unity, then you must also support John Currie and Peg Schaffer,” Murphy said. “We must stand up to this attack on the grassroots activists, loyal Democrats and party leaders who work hard year after year to elect Democrats.”
Jones, who is Essex County Democratic Chairman, officially announced his bid to oust Currie yesterday, though he has spent months gathering support from Democratic State Committee members.
According to a New Jersey Globe tally of the 113-member Democratic State Committee, confirmed by multiple sources, Jones now leads Currie, 55 to 43. He needs 49 ½ votes to win.
Currie has been a close Murphy ally since the governor took office. He’s led New Jersey’s Democratic party since 2013.
At stake in the race, which is expected to take place sometime in December, is control over the five Democratic seats on the state’s legislative redistricting commission.
“The point is simple — John Currie and Peg Schaffer have done the job, they are committed to our party and our principles and they can be counted on to continue delivering for us,” Murphy said.