Editor’s Note: This article was updated with comment from Pablo Fonseca at 8:09 p.m.
Democratic State Chairman John Currie wants Dover’s mayor to stop calling himself a Democrat.
“Carolyn Blackman and her team represent the best that the Democratic party has to offer,” Currie said. “While she and her team were working with other Democrats to improve the lives of Dover residents, Mayor Dodd was endorsing Governor Chris Christie, defecting from the Democratic Party, and campaigning with Morris County Republicans.”
Last year, longtime Dover Mayor Jim Dodd lost support of the Morris County Democratic party, partly because of the disparity between Dover’s populace — the town is majority-Hispanic — and partly because of Dodd’s backing former Gov. Chris Christie.
That year, insurgent Democrats backed by the county swept Dover’s local elections. Now, Alderwoman Carolyn Blackman, the only incumbent to run with the Dover First slate last year, is seeking Dodd’s post.
Pablo Fonseca, Dodd’s campaign manager, flatly denied Currie’s claim that Dodd was not of the party.
“Mayor Dodd is a real Democrat. He’s been a Democrat his entire career, and on election day, we will go to victory as Democrats,” Fonseca said. “Hopefully, the chairman will work with us to continue to move forward with Democratic values.”
Dodd is seeking election as an independent.
“As Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, I am asking all Democrats in Dover to support the real Democrats in Column 2 this November 5th,” Currie said.