The New Jersey political tradition of landing the party line on primary ballots could end

June 2, 2022

“Abolishing the county line would be an earthquake for New Jersey politics,” said Julia Sass Rubin, a professor at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy who has been counseling local municipal parties about reform efforts. 

“Our entire system is built on transactions, starting with whatever candidates have to do to obtain the county line. Without the line, our elected officials would have to worry about pleasing the voters rather than pleasing the party bosses, and we would likely see a lot more political bravery.”, June 2, 2022

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