John Currie was unanimously elected Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) in June of 2013 and has served ever since. He previously served the NJDSC as a Deputy Vice-Chair since 1995. Mr. Currie also serves as the Democratic Chair of the Passaic County Democratic Organization, his 27th year in the position. Currie is also currently the Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee Credentials Committee.
Chairman Currie is only the second ever African-American to hold the position of County Chairman in the State of New Jersey and the first to do so in Passaic County. Under Chairman Currie’s leadership, Passaic County attained a Democratic majority among Constitutional Officers and a 7-0 Democratic Freeholder Board. Mr. Currie also led the campaign to elect the first Democratic Sheriff in 50 years in 2001, an office that Democrats still hold today.
Under Chairman Currie’s leadership, NJ Democrats have maintained control of both houses of the state legislature under a Republican governor. He also helped elect the state’s first African-American US Senator to a full term, Senator Cory Booker, and the state’s first African-American woman elected to Congress, 12th District Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman. In 2017, Currie helped elect Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver as Governor and Lt. Governor.