By PolitickerNJ Staff | November 25th, 2013 - 7:58am
Support for Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie poured forth late last week and through the weekend.
Pursuing a full, two-year term as party chairman, Currie appears to have no opposition as he claims large important sections of power and complementary goodwill elsewhere.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) issued the first statement of support, followed shortly thereafter by a statement by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
Hudson County Democratic Organization chairman Vincent Prieto wants Currie back, and said so in a statement.
The senators weighed in, first U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and later – in a tweet – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“John Currie is a Democratic Chairman who has been tested by political fire time and time again, and at heart, continues to be a community-oriented politician who is in tune with the issues and concerns of New Jersey’s middle class individuals and families,” said Menendez. “Chairman Currie has galvanized Passaic County Democrats into a united, mighty political force, and I know he has what it takes to do the same for the New Jersey Democratic Party. I am proud to support John Currie for another term as New Jersey State Democratic Chairman.”
Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe all issued statements backing Currie.
Other county party chairs followed.
The following joint statement came from Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman Mike Flynn, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Morris County Democratic Chairman Lew Candura, Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp, Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Sussex County Democratic Chairman Mike Busche and Warren County Democratic Chairman Tom Palmieri:
"We are proud to endorse and give our full support to State Chairman John Currie for a full term this January. Chairman Currie has led the party the past 6 months with integrity and class. Chairman Currie has put together a great staff at the State Committee that has been working hard on behalf of all of New Jersey's 21 Democratic county organizations. In counties where we battle Republicans vote by vote, we could think of no greater friend to us than Chairman John Currie. Under Chairman Currie's leadership, Democrats will return to the Assembly and Senate with the same number of seats despite a very difficult political climate and we look forward to working with him in 2014 to continue to build the party."
Currie became chairman in June as a compromise candidate following an intraparty fight for the position by Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31) and state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20).
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono wanted O'Donnell, but establishment party members, including Sweeeny and Menendez, opposed the assemblyman's candidacy.