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Two longtime Democratic senators square off in primary

Thirty years ago, Nia Gill joined the Legislature after winning election as a Democratic assemblywoman in the Essex County-based 27th District on Sen. Dick Codey’s ticket. The pair ran together until 2001, when Gill’s home was moved into the 34th District and she ran...

Challengers win right to fight ‘party line’ ballots

In primary elections, some candidates are grouped in a horizontal or vertical line by their county party, such as the Camden County Democrat Committee or Democrats for Change. This is called a “county line” or “party line.” Nineteen out of the state’s 21 counties use...

Biggest winner in NJ primary? The power of the party bosses

“This is now year 12 that New Jersey has not had an incumbent on the line lose in the Legislature,” said Julia Sass Rubin, a Rutgers professor who last year wrote a report on the party line ballot structure in most New Jersey counties and how it differs...

Tuesday’s primary election is rigged for the old guard

“This year only 10 percent of the seats in the Legislature are being contested,” says Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at Rutgers. “This is a toxic system, and it limits who will run.” And who will win. No state legislator has lost a primary since...

Voter suppression by another name

In a study published by New Jersey Policy Perspective, Rutgers Professor Julia Sass Rubin analyzed New Jersey’s 2020 primaries. She concluded that “structuring ballots around the county line impact election outcomes by steering voters toward specific candidates. The...

Study: NJ’s Primary Ballot Favored Insider Candidates

Insider candidates and the politically connected benefited from the layout of New Jersey’s primary ballot in July, according to a new study released Thursday. New Jersey is the only state in the country that allows each county to design its ballot to give...

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