Claims by Dover Mayor Jim Dodd that Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson is a Frank Hague-style party boss is laughable, some top Democratic leaders said today.
“Morris County Democrats have picked up 21 seats from the GOP since 2015, without losing a single Democratic seat,” said Meghan Lynch, chair of the Morris County Democratic Women’s Caucus, “Chip Robinson has been a major factor in that success. His leadership and vision has directly led to a thriving and well-operated Democratic Party in what was once a solidly Republican stronghold.”
Robinson backed a successful effort to defeat two Dodd allies for Alderman in the June 5 Democratic primary and take control of the Dover Democratic party organization led by a Dodd supporter.
“Chip has worked tirelessly to build the Democratic Party in Morris County for decades and has a sterling record of accomplishment in his four years as Chairman,” former Morris Democratic vice chair Marianne McConnell said. “In the two decades I’ve known Chip, he has been devoted to electing Democrats at all levels of government in Morris Country.”
Democrats pushed back on Dodd’s statement that he has been a loyal Democratic officeholder for twenty years, saying that the mayor has made no effort to strengthen the county Democratic organization or help elect any Democrats outside of Dover.
“Mayor Dodd can claim all he wants that we should be concerned with the District 7 congressional campaign, but Dover First’s and Dover 4 Dover leaders and volunteers have worked closely with Democratic candidates for Congress,” stated Edward Correa, new Democratic Municipal Chair and the leader of the Dover First team, “There is a reason that Tom Malinowski, Peter Jacob, and Goutam Jois all endorsed Dover First candidates and the re-election of Alderwoman Carolyn Blackman before the primary. They knew who the real Democrats were.”