At least one ugly battle dividing New Jersey Democrats has just been settled, a little more than 24 hours before a scheduled party vote to select the incoming leadership of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Here is a joint statement from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Senator Barbara Buono and Senate President Steve Sweeney:
Joint Statement on the Election for Chairman of the Democratic State Committee
New Brunswick, N.J. – Today, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono released the following statement:
“Today, we talked and determined that the issues that bind us together are far stronger than any disagreements. The Democratic Party has long been a champion for working and middle class families and this year’s election is far too important to allow party in-fighting to affect our ability to help them. Our focus must be on defeating Governor Christie and winning elections up and down the ticket.
“In the interest of party unity, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and Senator Ray Lesniak have agreed to rescind their candidacies for chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC). Passaic County Chairman John Currie has graciously accepted the position and will be the next leader of the NJDSC.
“By removing themselves from contention for State Chair, Assemblyman O’Donnell and Senator Lesniak continue to exhibit the qualities that make them tremendous leaders within the Democratic Party. They understand that compromise is a necessary and important part of a vibrant democracy and both will work hard to ensure that Democrats win across the state in November.”