Assemblywoman Linda Carter doesn’t think the contest for control of the state party will divide Democrats.
“I don’t really think it’s going to divide,” Carter said. “I think everybody needs to look at it — with everything, once a decision is made, we all need to get behind whoever it is, and we all need to come together.”
Democratic State Chair John Currie faces a challenge from Essex County Chairman LeRoy Jones.
A New Jersey Globe vote tally has Jones leading the incumbent 55-43. The magic number to win is 49 ½ votes.
While Carter is backing Currie, she’s not really pulling for either side.
“I like Currie, but I like them both,” she said. “Either one is going to be awesome, and I don’t even have a vote.”
While no vote has been scheduled, Democratic state committee members are expected to convene sometime in December to choose who will helm the party next year.
Democrats’ five seats on the legislative redistricting commission are at stake, though Currie has not ruled out appointing commission members before the end of the year, a move that, while not unprecedented, would lend more fuel to the intra-party feud.
The conflict, Carter said, is something to avoid.
“They’re both really excellent individuals — excellent leaders — not just in their communities, but throughout the state, and either one of them will be absolutely marvelous doing this,” she said. “We as individuals need to make sure we’re looking collectively at this and not trying to divide us.”