In a show of statewide party unity, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) of South Jersey tonight swore-in Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie of Passaic County after Currie’s reelection to a second, two-year term as NJDSC Chair.
Party members unanimously backed Currie to remain as leader.
“I am delighted to have received the trust and support of New Jersey’s Democratic State Committee members, and I look forward to the next two years,” the state party chair later said in a statement. “I see the state party chairmanship not as a position of privilege, but as an opportunity to represent and empower local officials – to highlight the important roles they play in our communities. We have great candidates and elected officials who reflect the right values and priorities.”
Also sworn-in: Lizette Delgado Polanco as Vice Chair and Kelly Maer and Treasurer. Janice Kovach was also reelected as Secretary. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) were also present and spoke during the meeting. Senator/Chairman Fred Madden, Senator Nick Scutari on behalf of Chairman Green, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp, Bergen County Chairman Lou Stellato, Essex County Chairman Leroy Jones, and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe offered the nominations and seconds.
A holiday party followed the state committee meeting. Over 400 rank and file Democrats attended, including former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblymembers-elect Joanne Downey and Eric Houghtaling, dozens of freeholders and Julie Diaz, political director of SEIU 32BJ.
Initially a compromise candidate who assumed the chairmanship in 2013, Currie tonight retained control of a chairmanship that will see him in charge during next year’s presidential contest and the highly anticipated 2017 gubernatorial contest.