May 14, 2018
“What point are the primaries if you already know you are going to support the line?” asks Peter Jacob, one of three Democrats remaining in the primary in the 7th District in Central Jersey. “Is it fair? Not at all. Even if I were an incumbent, I would love to see an end to this system.”
Two years ago, Jacob was the only Democrat on the primary ballot, getting the party line in two of the six counties that are partly or wholly in the district — another candidate had gotten some endorsements but wound up without enough signatures on his petition to get on the ballot. Jacob went on to get 43 percent of the vote, the largest win by a Democrat in a decade, but lost to Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, who has held the seat for a decade.