Democrat, 

This week was full of major highlights for our New Jersey Democratic State Committee that show one thing: that we are unified and ready for the incredibly consequential Presidential Election year that is right around the corner. In one of the clearest signs of Democratic unity, our entire House delegation voted together to impeach President Trump this week, holding him accountable and doing their Constitutional duty. I would like to thank our representatives, especially those in competitive districts, for putting our country first and doing the right thing.

NJDSC HIGHLIGHT

Earlier this week I announced an agreement that has been made with my friend Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr., concerning the future leadership of our party. Thanks to the strong backing of Governor Murphy, Democratic leaders from throughout the state and grassroots advocates, we were able to build an incredible level of support for Vice Chair Peg Schaffer and I to continue leading our party forward. Chairman Jones recognized that, and together we announced that he has endorsed our team for a new term, ending a leadership struggle. I am very proud of this outcome and the fact that I will now have the opportunity to lead our party into the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, the 2020 Election and 2021 when we will work to re-elect Governor Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver. At that time, I will support Chairman Jones to succeed me in the position and continue moving our party forward.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy signed landmark legislation this week granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a progressive measure that will help thousands of residents step out of the shadows and live their lives without fear. The law will also make our roads safer by making sure more drivers are properly licensed, trained and insured, while generating significant revenue for the state and positive economic impact. This was a promise the Governor made and delivered on thanks to the support of the State Legislature, and I congratulate him and the many activists who have worked hard for years to make this a reality.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

This week, Cory 2020 unveiled their first TV ad titled “Together” targeted specifically at Democrats tuning in to this week’s debate. Cory also kicked off a whirlwind four-day, 11-county bus tour in Iowa that will go through Monday. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

This week a tragedy came to our doorstep, with the devastating shooting in Jersey City shaking us all to the core. At the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, we place the highest possible value on the diversity that makes our state so unique, and we stand with the families who lost their loved ones in this heinous attack. Our Muslim and Jewish caucuses issued this statement on the attacks, and I echo their message of bringing all people together.

NJDSC HIGHLIGHT

This week I was excited to attend the Winter Meeting of the Association of State Democratic committees in Austin, alongside Vice Chair Peg Schaffer. The group is comprised of Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Executive Directors from all 50 states and territories. As a member of the Executive Committee of this group, I have closely worked with its Chair, Ken Martin of Minnesota, to ensure state parties have all the resources they need to win elections. For New Jersey, this means direct financial support through the State Party Partnership program and the State Party Innovation Fund, both of which have helped our team build our party’s capabilities to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Phil Murphy officially took the reins as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association recently, and this week he announced a new initiative to ensure voting rights across the country. The DGA is partnering with Stacey Abrams, former candidate for governor of Georgia and one of the most inspiring leaders in our party, to launch Every State, Every Vote, a new comprehensive initiative to bring together state efforts around voter protection, voting access, redistricting, and the 2020 census.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

In a sign of growing support after a highly successful four-day swing through the state of Iowa on his “Lead with Love” tour, Cory has locked in 23 new key endorsements that will help propel his campaign to victory on caucus night. Cory 2020 also announced another new digital persuasion ad titled “Our Common Cause” to begin running as the next wave of a six-figure advertising effort. Cory will return to New Hampshire this Friday on the heels of the launch of Young Leaders for Cory, a key group of young Granite Staters supporting Cory for president. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

As we move closer to the Holiday Season, our New Jersey Democratic State Committee is transitioning our efforts fully into helping our party succeed in the 2020 elections.

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

The Presidential election year of 2020 is right around the corner, and it has never been more vital for Democrats to come together around our shared vision to take back the White House. We must unite to defeat Donald Trump and also to defend our excellent Congressional delegation. You will be hearing much more from our party in the coming weeks and months about how you can get involved in the 2020 campaign.

NJDSC CAUCUS HIGHLIGHT

The NJDSC Latino Caucus recently held a Votebuilder training session designed to help its members learn how to use the latest technology to run successful campaigns. The event is just one of the many ways our Caucuses are working to get more Democrats engaged in campaigns and elections.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week Governor Murphy delivered on one of the most unique and exciting campaign promises he made in his election by moving forward with the process of establishing a Public Bank in New JerseyThis innovative idea has the potential to save taxpayers millions of dollars in reduced banking costs while providing capital to small businesses and entrepreneurs right here in our state. We’re excited to see this plan continue to move forward.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

Following Cory’s standout performance at the fifth Democratic primary debate this week in Atlanta, Cory 2020 surpassed the 200,000 unique donor threshold needed to qualify for the December DNC debate in Los Angeles. Additionally, since Cory’s closing statement, Cory 2020 has raised nearly $700,000 and had the best 9 hours of fundraising of the campaign to date. At the debate, Cory used his lived experience to differentiate himself in the field and show that he not only has the policy agenda to lift struggling families, but he has the temperament and leadership style needed to unite the party to defeat Donald Trump. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

Now that we are over a week removed from Election Day and all of the mail-in and provisional ballots have been counted and the results certified, I could not be more proud of the results: Democrats won big in many traditionally Republican areas and flipped long-held red seats to blue!

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

The major wins highlighted below in this week’s newsletter are the result of investments we have made in our state party as well as local and county Democrats over the past several years. Working closely with our Vice Chair Peg Schaffer, our Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, we have raised over $7 million for the state party in the last two years, a record breaking amount. That funding went directly to providing resources for Democrats running all over the state, as well as training candidates and operatives on how to win tough races and many other important functions.

ASSEMBLY RACE SPOTLIGHT

When the current legislative map was approved in 2011, many suburban districts were considered true toss-ups between Democrats and Republicans. Over the years and with the help of our state party providing resources and support, those districts have become more Democratic and we have elected truly outstanding candidates who reflect our values. I want to congratulate the winners in these formerly competitive and now safe Assembly districts: Lisa Swain and Chris Tully in the 38th, Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman in the 16th, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in the 11th.

LOCAL & COUNTY RACE SPOTLIGHT

The most significant victory of this election cycle came in Somerset County, where our NJDSC Vice Chair Peg Schaffer has led the way in her role as Somerset County Democratic Chair. After winning two Freeholder seats last year, Democrats won again this year with Melonie Marano prevailing, and in the process, flipping control of the Freeholder Board to Democrats for the first time since the 1960s! Democrats also prevailed in the race for County Sheriff, with Darrin Russo winning by a large margin. Flipping Somerset County from red to blue is a remarkable achievement, and I could not be more proud of Peg Schaffer and our entire team for making it happen.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week Governor Murphy delivered on one of the most unique and exciting campaign promises he made in his election by moving forward with the process of establishing a Public Bank in New Jersey. This innovative idea has the potential to save taxpayers millions of dollars in reduced banking costs while providing capital to small businesses and entrepreneurs right here in our state. We’re excited to see this plan continue to move forward.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

This morning, Cory filed for the New Hampshire primary as a candidate for president surrounded by supporters from New Jersey and the Granite State. Cory also picked up key endorsements this week in New Hampshire and Nevada. And in South Carolina, more than 100 South Carolinian women launched “Women for Cory,” committing to work within their own networks to spread Cory’s message to other women and community leaders. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat, 

Election Day is right around the corner! Find out how our party is pulling out all the stops to win on Tuesday and deliver for the people of New Jersey in this week’s Chairman’s Update.

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

This election is going to come down to motivating Democrats to get out and vote, and we need your help to make it happen. You can visit IWillVote.com to check your registration status, confirm your polling place and pledge your vote for Democrats on Tuesday. Then you can share the page with your friends to help get them ready to vote on Tuesday!

ASSEMBLY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Eileen Della Volle and Erin Wheeler are running for State Assembly in District 10 to give Ocean County the representatives it deserves. They both have the experience and determination necessary to bring much-needed resources to their district, and this week they launched an ad campaign to tell voters about their plans and values. 

LOCAL & COUNTY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Democrat Jeff Martin is running for Mayor of Hamilton to restore honest and accountable government to the community. An Air Force veteran and Councilman, Jeff is committed to holding the line on property taxes and ensuring that all residents get the services they need. Jeff has an excellent chance to win on Tuesday and you can learn more about his campaign here.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy announced an aggressive campaigning schedule starting this weekend and continuing through Election Day, with 26 events planned for this weekend and more to come on Monday and Tuesday. They will be rallying support for Democratic candidates from the local and county level to the State Legislature and working to turn out more Democrats in Tuesday’s election. 

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

This week, Cory participated in forums on criminal justice reform in South Carolina and Philadelphia, where he highlighted how fixing our country’s broken criminal justice system has been at the center of his career. Cory also sat down for an interview on The View to discuss his plan to end the epidemic of gun violence and how he is the best alternative to the current Democratic frontrunners. This weekend, Cory heads to Iowa for a series of events, including the famed Liberty and Justice Celebration. Sign up here to join Team Booker and other New Jersey Democrats in standing with Cory as he files for the New Hampshire Primary ballot in Concord, NH on November 15th!

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

We’re less than two weeks until Election Day! Democrats all over our state are getting ready for GOTV and pushing hard right through the finish line.

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

This week our New Jersey Democratic State Committee launched a digital advertising campaign discussing some of the key progressive agenda items the state has passed thanks to the leadership of Governor Phil Murphy, Speaker Craig Coughlin and Democratic Assembly members. The ads call on Democrats to vote in the upcoming November 5th election. The ads are targeted exclusively at Democrats and are running throughout the state on various digital platforms leading up to the election.

ASSEMBLY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Democrats John Birkner and Gerald Falotico are running in the 39th District to fight for our Democratic values. They’re both dedicated public servants who know what it takes to deliver for residents, evidenced by John’s tenure as Mayor of Westwood and Gerald’s experience as a retired police officer. Learn more about Birkner and Falotico for Assembly on their website here.

LOCAL & COUNTY RACE SPOTLIGHT

In one of our state’s closest watched local elections, Democrat Carolyn Blackman is running for Mayor of Dover to bring real representation to this community. Carolyn has served Dover as an elected Alderwoman and she has what it takes to lead Dover into a new era as its first elected female and African American Mayor. Check out Carolyn’s Facebook page for more information.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy showcased the much needed investments Democrats are making in our infrastructure this week, riding NJTRANSIT’s River Line from Burlington to Camden and discussing how his administration is incentivizing new residential development near our train stations. This kind of smart growth development can create new jobs for our brothers and sisters in union labor, reduce our carbon footprint by taking cars off the road and revitalize our urban communities.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

On Monday, Cory capped off a whirlwind swing through New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he was met by large, enthusiastic crowds across both states. Cory also delivered remarks at the National Press Club in Washington this week, where he made the case that Democrats don’t need another candidate to enter this primary. Instead, Democrats need the right candidate to emerge from it. And that candidate is Cory. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

The countdown to Election Day has begun, with less than three weeks to go until November 5. Check out our Weekly Update to see what Democrats throughout the state are doing to make sure we can win in November.

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

One of New Jersey’s rising stars and someone I’m proud to call a friend is Senator Joseph Lagana of the 38th District in Bergen and Passaic counties. This week Senator Lagana held his annual Beefsteak fundraiser, which I was proud to attend along with Democratic leaders like Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Congressman Josh Gottheimer and many more. Senator Lagana’s running mates Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully are on the ballot in November, and with Joe’s help I’m confident they will be re-elected and will continue working together for all of us. 

ASSEMBLY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Last year, Democrats took control of the Burlington County Freeholder Board for the first time in years thanks to the hard work of grassroots activists who pushed for change. Now, Democrats have an excellent opportunity to win two long Republican held Assembly seats in Burlington County’s 8th District, and we have two strong candidates in Gina LaPlace and Mark Natale. These are two new voices with the experience needed to step in right away and deliver for middle class families.

LOCAL & COUNTY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Dominick Puzio is a career law enforcement officer who is running for Hunterdon County Sheriff to establish better partnerships with local police departments and make the county safer for local families. Recently, Dominick won the endorsement of both the NJ PBA and the NJ FOP.

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

Governor Murphy announced this week that direct service to New York Penn Station is returning to stations along NJTRANSIT’s Raritan Valley Line and also spoke at a graduation ceremony for newly hired NJTRANSIT Engineers. The Governor is committed to fixing the mess left by Chris Christie at NJTRANSIT, and these are two important steps towards that goal. I applaud Governor Murphy for his commitment to New Jersey’s commuters.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

Cory was in Ohio earlier this week for the fourth Democratic primary debate and received high praise for his unifying voice. Cory won the night by standing out as a leader, a unifier, and the person who refocused the conversation on the issues that matter most. Following yet another standout debate performance, Cory locked in 18 new endorsements this week from key Iowa Caucus activists, who join 56 other prominent Iowans in endorsing Cory for president. Cory will visit Chicago, South Carolina, and New Hampshire this weekend to deliver a message of economic opportunity and social justice to communities left out and left behind. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

Democrat,

Welcome to our second edition of the Chairman’s Update, where we will be sharing news from Democrats running for office throughout New Jersey as we get closer and closer to Election Day. 

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER

Democrats are working hard all over New Jersey to win more seats in the Assembly and in local and county offices, from the 1st District in Cape May to the 40th in Bergen and Passaic counties and everywhere in between. This week, one of New Jersey’s leaders in the State Senate, Sen. Nicholas Sacco, held his annual Mayor’s Ball event attended by over 2,000 supporters. While I could not attend due to a personal commitment, I wanted to highlight this great event and thank Senator Sacco for his friendship and leadership. I also would like to thank Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson for his invitation to address the party’s Annual Gala along with Governor Murphy. It was great to see a packed room full of hundreds of Democrats ready to win in November!

ASSEMBLY RACE SPOTLIGHT

Democrats Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger are running for Assembly in the traditionally-Republican territory of the 25th District, but they are making this a real race. Coming off the incredible victory last year by Congresswoman Mikie Sherill, Lisa and Darcy were inspired to stand up and work to give the people of Morris County representatives who will be accountable to the residents, not big business and special interests. This week, Lisa and Darcy highlighted the fact that their opponent has made at least $2 million in taxpayer funded contracts from his law firm, and called for more transparency to protect taxpayers. 

LOCAL & COUNTY RACE SPOTLIGHT

After years of organizing and hard work, last year Somerset County Democrats broke through and won countywide seats for the first time in decades. Our NJDSC Vice Chair and Somerset County Chair Peg Schaffer is working to continue the momentum, and this week Democrats Melonie Marano for Freeholder and Darrin Russo for Sheriff picked up major endorsements from Somerset County Education Association as well as the Sierra Club

GOV. MURPHY UPDATE

This week Governor Murphy was proud to join Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Paul Juliano for the organization’s annual Hall of Fame Dinner. The event recognized some of the grassroots Democrats who have helped turn Bergen County blue over the last ten years, from former chair and my dear friend Lou Stellato and many of the local leaders throughout Bergen who we can count on to fight for our Democratic Party.

SEN. BOOKER UPDATE

During a whirlwind four-day swing through Iowa this week, Cory inspired caucus goers and received standing ovations as he discussed the need to pull together and heal America after years of Trump’s hatred and division — but not before bringing the crowd to their feet at the SEIU Unions for All Summit in Los Angeles. Also, more than 50 New Hampshire women launched a grassroots effort this week aimed at bringing Granite State women together to share why Cory is the strongest candidate for women and families. And capping off a busy week, Cory unveiled a plan to pay college athletes and crack down on exploitative practices in sports. To find out how you can be a part of Cory’s grassroots movement to unite our country, visit corybooker.com/get-involved.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie