New Jersey Primary Recap

NDTC Trainees Claim Victory in Garden State Primary

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Fasten your seatbelts folks, because election season is upon us once again! It’s time to talk New Jersey primary politics.

This week, our installment of primary election coverage takes us to the bustling cities, rolling hills, and beautiful beaches of New Jersey. After months of door-knocking, making phone calls, and engaging with voters at every opportunity, candidates were finally able to take a momentary breath as they waited for results to trickle in from New Jersey’s primary.

However, the reprieve will be short-lived, as we have just under six months until the November election.

Let’s get into it.

New Jersey Primary Overview

After the successes of the 2017 and 2018 elections in the state, New Jersey Democrats continued their string of strong performances last Tuesday. New Jersey residents flocked to the polls to cast ballots for elected offices from town council to state assembly.

While it may seem peculiar holding a primary election in 2019, New Jersey is one of five states (along with KY, LA, MS, and VA) that hold both state legislative and gubernatorial elections in odd-numbered years.

The primary night unfolded without many surprises or upsets. In addition, Democrats look set to maintain their control of the New Jersey General Assembly in November.  

How Did NDTC Candidates Fare?

In NDTC-related news, more than 37 of our trainees won their primary elections! Of these winners, 22, or 59 percent, are women. We’re thrilled to see such a diverse group of progressive candidates advance to the general election in November.

NDTC trainees won primaries at nearly every level of government, claiming victory in races for town council, mayor, county freeholder, and state assembly.

Win or lose, we’re proud of any candidate willing to step up and run for office. You didn’t just sit on the sidelines. You took action to fight for what you believe in. And for that, we’re proud of all of you. Thank you for working to make a difference in your community.

We’ll keep you updated as our trainees continue their campaigns throughout the summer and into the fall. We look forward to seeing them continue the Garden State’s proud tradition of progressive policymaking.

Next Up on the Campaign Trail

The Commonwealth of Virginia holds its primary election tonight, June 11th, as state Democrats seek control of the state legislature in November. We’ll monitor races in the state as results come in, and are excited to cheer on our 75+ trainees running for office in Virginia.

That’s all from New Jersey, but keep your eyes peeled for our Virginia recap coming soon!

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Conor is a seventh-generation Oregonian, born and raised in the Central Oregon town of Redmond. While he has deep roots in both the Northwest and Midwest, he currently lives most of the year in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where he studies Political Science at Boston College. At NDTC, Conor is a member of the Communications team.