In a landmark decision for the progressive movement, a Superior Court judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional for candidates for municipal party committee seats to run on the basis of gender.
Under state law, both Democrats and Republicans have filled seats for municipal party committees with one male and one female for each election district. The committee members are the backbone of the municipal party structure, choosing what candidates receive the party endorsement in primary elections and working for the party in the fall campaign. The committee members are elected in primaries.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson, sitting in Mercer County, ruled Sept. 2 in favor of a lawsuit brought in April 2019 by the Central Jersey Progressive Democrats that a state statute requiring county committee seats be filled by a male and female from each district violated federal and state constitutional rights to equal protection.