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Up to Currie to decide whether he’ll drop state chair bid, Pou says

Senator completely behind incumbent state chairman

By Nikita Biryukov, November 18 2019 3:10 pm

State Sen. Nellie Pou is letting Democratic State Chair John Currie decide for himself whether he should remain in the race for control of the state’s Democratic party.

“I think that’s his decision,” Pou said. “I totally support Chairman Currie, and whatever he decides to do, it’ll be what it is.”

Currie faces a challenge from Essex County LeRoy Jones.

The New Jersey Globe has Jones leading the incumbent 55-43. The magic number to win the state chairmanship is 49 ½, and it’s unlikely Currie can flip enough votes to secure another term.

Some other New Jersey Democrats, including Assemblyman Tom Giblin and State Sen. Joe Cryan, both former state chairs, have urged Currie to drop his bid in order to spare the party some bloodshed.

Towns in Passaic County account for the majority of Pou’s district. Currie is also Passaic County Democratic chairman.

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