Author Archive: Bill Holland

Today, a chance to shake up politics as usual in Essex

Some of the best people I know in NJ politics are running today for Democratic County Committee on the reformer’s line – Go, Line B! – promoted by Rosi

Today’s primary includes a lot of big name races that have garnered statewide attention. But beyond the Rothmans and the Pascrells, the Paynes and the Rices, there’s a campaign going on under the radar in Essex that has the potential to make a difference in how New Jersey politics works.

A slate of 100 reformers are running for Democratic County Committee in Essex this year under the slogan ‘Essex County Independent Democrats’ on Line B. It’s a diverse group from Newark to Millburn, and it includes union members, community leaders, and ordinary citizens. The New Jersey Working Families alliance has been helping coordinate this joint effort between labor unions like CWA, NJEA, and SEIU, local community organizations like the NAACP-Irvington and national progressive groups like and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee since January.