Sources: Party Heading Toward Schaffer as Compromise Choice to Chair Democrats

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Two party sources speculated that party leadership will end up on Somerset County Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer to lead the splintered and battered party organization.

At the moment, incumbent Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie faces a challenge by Leroy Jones to lead the statewide operation.

Schaffer’s entrance as vice chair has olive branch implications all over it, a source told InsiderNJ.

The source referred to how Currie himself came into being as the party chair in 2013.

Then-Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono wanted then-Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell.

The brain trust otherwise known as the South Jersey Democratic Committee interspersed statewide didn’t want O’Donnell.

He was against public pensions and benefits overhaul.

They threw state Senator Ray Lesniak into the mix to check O’Donnell.

Lesniak offered more or less the same list of endorsements that Jones’ allies put forward at the end of last year.

Currie came forward as a compromise choice.

In that context, Schaffer supplanting Lizette Delgado Polanco as vice chair carries more than simply second banana expectations.

Jones v. Currie equals Schaffer, or so said the two party sources watching the situation unfold.

 

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