This morning, Essex County Democratic Chair LeRoy Jones announced Essex is awarding the county party’s support to banker Linda Weber, one of 6 candidates vying for the nomination in the DCCC-targeted CD7 race. Essex has one town in the district; Milburn. But the largest chunk of the 7th is Somerset County. And last night, the Somerset party’s executive committee voted to give Weber the line there too. Somerset usually schedules a county convention in March, but moved their selection process up this year. The DCCC has had a close watch on 4 New Jersey districts since January of last year, naming NJ’s CD7 (Lance), CD11 (Frelinghuysen), CD3 (MacArthur) & CD2 (Lo-Biondo, not running) to their first-round target list (no NJ districts were added in a later round). Instead of leaving the decision to the convention of elected county committee leaders, Somerset Dems provided each candidate with contact information for chairs and county committee members in advance of the exec committee vote. They also hosted several opportunities for members to meet and question candidates, including a forum last week hosted by the county party and the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women (you can watch that forum here).
CD7 also includes all of Hunterdon County (county convention scheduled Feb. 4), and parts of Warren County (convention Feb. 10). Union County’s municipal chairs will be meeting (date not set) and Morris hasn’t made their process known yet.
Linda Weber is a bank executive from Berkeley Heights, a senior VP at IDB Bank and a 5-time chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in northern Union County. She is also the wife of former Blue Jersey writer Mark Weber, who wrote here and in his own highly regarded blog about education, as Jersey Jazzman.*
* A member of my household is running a rival CD7 campaign. But you know, I’d be writing about this anyway.