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Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Morris County Democrats cancel convention as coronavirus precaution

Online vote to pick Bucco opponent in 25th district State Senate race

By David Wildstein, March 11 2020 8:20 pm

Morris County Democrats have cancelled Saturday’s nominating convention out of concern for COVID-19 and will replace it with an online vote for the 25th district State Senate seat for only county committee from the 20 municipalities in the district.

Democratic county chairman Chip Robinson plans to award the organization line to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th district and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th, and Darcy Draeger for Assembly in the 25th.

Three Democrats are competing for party support to take on State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) in a special election: attorney Cliff Dawkins, former Morris Township mayor Jeff Grayzel, and former freeholder candidate Rupande Mehta.

All three candidates had said they will abide by the decision of the convention and not run off the line in the primary election.

Robinson had previously announced that Morris County would hold an open primary for president.  While most of the state appears to be abandoning the no-line primary idea now that the field has narrowed to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, but Robinson is sticking to the open primary concept.

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