The Union County Democratic Committee had its convention last night and awarded the line to federal candidates for office.
That is except in the more controversial CD12, where three Democrats are competing for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12). That Plainfield-Scotch Plains-Fanwood-only convention will occur later this month.
Last night, several recognizable operatives served as stand-ins for their bosses.
Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill was the surrogate for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner went to the head of the room for U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), and District Director Sarah Jones represented U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10).
Running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach spoke for herself.