Move to dump Chiaravalloti could help progressives end organization lines

Two legislators might get unloaded by their party this year – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) has also lost the backing of her county chairman – but the Hudson County legislative leader is the one in the spotlight because just one Democrat, Davis, wants him out.

“It’s a pretty egregious example of why our system is broken,” said Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, who has conducted an analysis of the statistical advantages of organization lines in primary elections.  “But it’s not uniquely egregious.”

Rubin said that other districts where party insiders have made decisions about endorsements before voters get to decide could also come up in a lawsuit.  She cited the 16th and 37th districts as examples.

“It’s just the reality of how New Jersey works,” Rubin said.

New Jersey Globe, March 4, 2021