Mayor Fulop supports Currie for State Democratic Chairman


November 22, 2013

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop today threw his support behind John Currie to remain as Democratic State Party Chairman.

"We join in support of Chairman John Currie for a full term as State Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee," Fulop said.  "We are confident in John to lead the party at this important time in state politics. His proven leadership and success throughout the years is the solid stewardship the party needs."

Currie, who is also chairman of the Passaic County Democrats, took over the state party in June after a tumultuous month when then gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono tried to seat her own choice for chairman against the wishes of the party.

Buono's choice, Hudson County Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell, had participated in an attempt to overthrow Speaker Sheila Oliver and many in the party still held a grudge. 

Sen. Ray Lesniak threw his name into the mix and both sides scurried to wrangle the state committee votes necessary to seat their candidate.  Just a day before the vote was to take place, Buono settled on Currie a compromise choice acceptable to all factions of the party.

Yesterday, Senate President Steve Sweeney voiced his support for Currie.


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