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Hunterdon County Democratic Chair Arlene Quiñones Perez continues to deny that she was the instigator of a meeting to seek an alternate candidate for Democratic State Chairman instead of incumbent John Currie, although several sources with direct knowledge of events confirmed that to be the case.
“The intent and content of the breakfast discussion with female county chairs has been completely mischaracterized, and claims from unknown sources are seriously inaccurate,” Quiñones Perez said.
Quiñones Perez did not respond to calls when the story of the pow-wow she organized with three other female county chairs went public on Saturday.
Under pressure from political advisors to Gov. Phil Murphy and after a phone call with the governor, she issued a tepid statement on Sunday affirming her support of Murphy without mentioning Currie.
She refused to answer questions, instead referring the New Jersey Globe to her spokesman.
Late Monday evening, Quiñones Perez sent a text message again endorsing Currie for re-election.
“I will underscore exactly what I stated nine months ago, that John Currie is a successful party leader who has helped the state Democratic Party win at all levels,” Quiñones Perez said. “As such, Chairman Currie deserves the respect, professionalism, and support that we would all expect after serving three successful terms as chair of our party.”
Quiñones Perez invited three other chairs to discuss Currie’s race against Essex County Democratic Chair LeRoy Jones, Jr.: Amy DeGise of Hudson, Janice Mironov of Mercer, and Katie Rotondi of Sussex.
Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer was not invited. Shaffer, the state party vice-chair, is Currie’s running mate.
Now Quiñones Perez is also endorsing Schaffer.
“Let there be no mistake – I support Governor Murphy’s choice of John Currie as the Chair and Peg Schafer (sic) as the Vice Chair of the NJ Democratic Party.”
Quiñones Perez declined to answer additional questions.