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