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New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Currie open to no organization lines in N.J. presidential primary

Democratic State Chairman announces support for the Menendez Plan

By David Wildstein, February 22 2020 12:06 pm

Democratic State Chairman John Currie today signaled his support to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s proposal to open hold an open presidential primary and not award organization lines

“I believe that Senator Menendez’s idea to hold a statewide open presidential primary has merit,” Currie said. “An open primary would allow all New Jersey Democrats to support the presidential candidate of their choice without causing unnecessary divisiveness that could carry over after the primary, and we must do whatever we can to ensure Democratic unity as we work to defeat President Trump.”

Currie’s move suggests support for the Menendez Plan from Gov. Phil Murphy, who as recently as this week said he had not considered any issues relating to ending organization lines in presidential and other primary races.

It also means that Passaic County could  hold an open primary for president.

“As the chairman of the Passaic County Democrats I plan to discuss this with fellow Passaic county leaders and I would support and encourage any other county Democratic party that decides to take similar action,” Currie said.

At a screening committee meeting last week, Currie told Passaic Democrats that he was holding off on awarding the line until after Super Tuesday.

Democrats have already begun warming to the idea.

On Thursday evening, Menendez called on county chairs to put presidential candidates in a separate column on the June 2 primary election ballot rather than endorse a particular contender and put him or her on their organization line.

Hudson County Democratic chair Amy DeGise and Essex County Democratic chair LeRoy Jones, Jr. both indicated their willingness to follow Menendez, if the details can be worked out.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Friday that he was also backing Menendez’s proposal.

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2 thoughts on “Currie open to no organization lines in N.J. presidential primary

  1. Great proposal for the presidential column. NOW do the same for all those running for Congress. That’s the only way we can be sure party bosses aren’t choosing who they want versus the general population Making the decision for each of the congressional districts! Look what happened with Jeff VanDrew.

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