The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has approved their delegate selection plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in South Jersey’s backyard of Philadelphia next July 25-28. This follows a 30-day public comment period that ended recently.
New Jersey is allotted 126 delegates total, plus 9 alternates. More than half this number will be apportioned to districts proportionally based on party registration, census population and previous election results. And those delegates will be divided among Democratic presidential candidates based on New Jersey’s primary election Jun 7, 2016.
Some of the delegate slots go to party leaders and elected officials, including state Chair John Currie and Vice-Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco, members of Congress, NJ’s DNC members, and legislative leadership.
The Party has adopted specific goals (not quotas) for historically under-represented groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, women, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and youth. Half the state’s delegation to the Convention must be women, per DNC rules. This is a party that intends its delegates to reflect the diversity of the country, unlike the Republicans, who have sometimes strained to look like the bigger-tent party the Democrats already are. I’m looking at you, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
We don’t have the final document yet, it’s under review at the DNC. But below is the draft sent to Washington. On the jump page – this is what New Jersey’s delegation will look like: