It hasn’t helped that counties no longer are receiving funds from former Gov. Jon Corzine. Over the past decade, he gave his fellow Democrats $4.3 million.
In both years fundraising is comparable to financial activity reported by county party committees in years prior to the reforms of 1993, indicating that their once dominant role is again weakening.
So the lesson in all this is that we should never underestimate the importance of reform in reshaping the electoral landscape. Historical patterns that seem set can be altered by the swipe of a pen. Sometimes for the good, but sometimes for the bad, even leading to unintended consequences.
Jeff Brindle is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. The opinions presented here are his own and not necessarily those of the Commission.
ALSO BY JEFF BRINDLE