New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie has endorsed Joe Biden for president and says the former vice president will run on the Passaic County Democratic organization line in the June 2 primary.
Currie is also the Passaic County Democratic chairman.
“I proudly announce the endorsement of the Passaic County Democrats for former Vice President Joe Biden. The municipal party leadership and I are thrilled that our candidates will be running on the same line as Vice President Biden in the June Primary and hopefully in the November General Election,” Currie said. “Having first met then Senator Biden in 1986 and having the opportunity to follow his career since, I feel that he is an individual of honesty, integrity and will be an outstanding President of the United States. I urge other Democrats to follow us and rally behind Joe Biden to unite our country, as we attempt to stop President Donald Trump from receiving a second term.”
Currie’s decision to put Biden on the Passaic line sends a clear signal that a plan proposed by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to hold an open presidential primary with no organization lines is dead.
The Menendez Plan came at a time when some Democrats believed Biden was faltering and Bernie Sanders was surging, and there were still seven Democrats contending for the nomination.
All three House members representing Passaic County — Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) — endorsed Biden on Tuesday.