Morris County Republicans voted overwhelmingly to establish an organization line for the June 2021 primary election.
After weeks of legal battles, county committee members voted 305-143 to end the decades-old system of an open primary and create an organization line.
The GOP will award the line at an open convention.
The vote is a big win for Republican County Chair Laura Marie Ali, who campaign hard for bylaws amendment.
Ali and State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville), among others, want the party to adopt an organizational line to ensure strong candidates win primaries as Democratic strength in the county grows.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) praised Ali’s efforts to win the vote.
“Laura Ali will go down in history as one of the strongest leaders in Morris County history,” said Bramnick. “She’s really got guts. This leader is no nonsense.”
An Appellate Court judge denied an application submitted Wednesday for permission to file an emergent motion made by Republican leaders John Sette and David Scapicchio to block today’s vote. The appeal will continue.
Morris County Democratic already have an organization line.