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N.J.’s 2020 Primary Is Mostly by Mail. Here’s Why That Matters.

  • July 08, 2020

Ms. Kennedy, a mother of five, will now challenge Mr. Van Drew, who left the Democratic Party in December and was endorsed by Mr. Trump.

“People here in South Jersey are ready for change,” Ms. Kennedy said in a victory speech that aired live on Facebook a little after 10 p.m. “We need leaders who will feel when we hurt, listen when we speak, provide direction, guidance, and show up when it matters.”

Ms. Kennedy, who was introduced by Gov. Philip D. Murphy, focused on Mr. Van Drew, saying, “We’ve had enough of you, and Donald Trump.”

In a taped concession speech, Dr. Harrison, a professor of political science at Montclair State University, urged Democrats to unite behind Ms. Kennedy. “Each of us has the responsibility to get involved and help her any way we can,” she said.

Ms. Kennedy, 41, was backed by Mr. Murphy, and the race was seen as a proxy war between the governor and his two main Democratic rivals, George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive who wields significant power in Trenton, and Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president.

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