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Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Morris Dems still awarding line in presidential race

Robinson moves forward despite support for Menendez Plan

By David Wildstein, February 23 2020 4:30 pm

Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson is moving forward on the endorsement of a presidential candidate to run on their organization line, despite growing support for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s plan for an open primary for the presidency.

Robinson announced his March 15 convention this morning.  The New Jersey Globe had first reported it last week.

If presidential candidates are able to bracket with down-ballot candidates, it could provide a lifeline for candidates in the hotly contested race for State Senate, where three Democrats – Rupande Mehta, Jeff Grayzel and Cliff Dawkins —  are seeking organization support to challenge incumbent Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) in a November special election.

That would allow the loser of the convention to run on a line with another presidential candidate, and potentially trigger a primary for State Assembly and freeholder.

The convention will come thirteen days after Super Tuesday and on the afternoon of the 11th Democratic presidential debate.  Party rules require a candidate to win 50% plus one of the votes.  There will be a runoff between the top two contenders if none of the candidates win a majority outright.

Democratic county chairs in Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties, and Senate President Steve Sweeney, have said they will consider Menendez’s no-lines proposal.

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