The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright New Jersey Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
State Committee: Thursday 17 April 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham613,500  53.76%59.0  46.46% 
Obama, Barack Hussein501,372  43.93%48.0  37.80%127.0 100.00%
Edwards, John Reid15,728   1.38%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.4,081   0.36%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III3,366   0.29%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.3,152   0.28%  
Uncommitted 20.0  15.75% 
Total1,141,199 100.00%127.0 100.00%127.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 5 February 2008

107 of 127 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's New Jersey Presidential Primary: 70 delegates allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of 20 "delegate districts" (unlike the Democratic Parties in most other states, New Jersey's Democrats will not be allocating the state's district delegates to the Democratic National Convention by congressional district but, instead, will utilize 20 special "delegate districts", each of which will consist of two Legislative Districts paired together) and 37 delegates allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

Certified 5 February 2008 statewide vote from an official source.

Reference: 2008 New Jersey Delegate Selection

Here is how we compute the delegate count:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) (candidate's popular vote) (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.
Tuesday 5 February 2008 Primary ResultsSource: The New Jersey Democratic State Committee
DD547,12045,275329,4911.954215,7841.04611,601  244  
DD868,22766,883432,1911.925234,6922.07521,096  248  
DD1861,64860,614328,4931.410132,1211.5902950  84  
DD1963,40562,014437,3912.412224,6231.58821,311  80  
PLEO1,141,9971,114,87214613,5007.7048501,3726.296626,469  656  
At-Large1,141,9971,114,87223613,50012.65713501,37210.3431026,469  656  
Delegates  107  59  48      

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 12, Obama: 1
16 February 2008: Clinton: 12, Obama: 2
24 February 2008: Clinton: 11, Obama: 4
19 April 2008: Clinton: 13, Obama: 4
9 May 2008: Clinton: 12, Obama: 5
3 June 2008: Clinton: 12, Obama: 6
4 June 2008: Clinton: 12, Obama: 7


A detail: "Independent" voters are ineligible to vote in the Democratic Primary, however, "Unaffiliated" voters are eligible to participate with the understanding that their party affiliation will automatically change to Democrat upon casting their vote.

Tuesday 5 February 2008: 107 of 127 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's New Jersey Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • "70 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of 20 "delegate districts". Unlike the Democratic Parties in most states, New Jersey's Democrats will NOT be allocating the state's district delegates to the Democratic National Convention by congressional district but, instead, will utilize 20 special "delegate districts", each of which will consist of two Legislative Districts paired together. (New Jersey elects its State Legislature by Legislative District shared by both the Senate [the upper house] and the General Assembly [the lower house]: each of the state's 40 Legislative Districts [LD] elects 1 of the 40 state senators and 2 of the 80 state assemblymen)... the number of district delegates to the Democratic National Convention per "delegate district" (DD) is as follows:
    • DD 1 (LDs 1&2): 3 delegates
    • DD 2 (LDs 3&4): 4 delegates
    • DD 3 (LDs 5&6): 4 delegates
    • DD 4 (LDs 7&8): 4 delegates
    • DD 5 (LDs 9&30): 3 delegates
    • DD 6 (LDs 10&11): 4 delegates
    • DD 7 (LDs 12&13): 4 delegates
    • DD 8 (LDs 14&15): 4 delegates
    • DD 9 (LDs 16&23): 3 delegates
    • DD 10 (LDs 17&18): 3 delegates
    • DD 11 (LDs 19&20): 3 delegates
    • DD 12 (LDs 21&22): 3 delegates
    • DD 13 (LDs 24&25): 3 delegates
    • DD 14 (LDs 26&27): 4 delegates
    • DD 15 (LDs 28&29): 3 delegates
    • DD 16 (LDs 31&33): 3 delegates
    • DD 17 (LDs 32&36): 4 delegates
    • DD 18 (LDs 34&35): 3 delegates
    • DD 19 (LDs 37&38): 4 delegates
    • DD 20 (LDs 39&40): 4 delegates
  • In addition, 37 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 23 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 14 Pledged PLEOs

Thursday 17 April 2008: State Committee

The remaining 20 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 18 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 8 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 9 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 7 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (elected by a vote, consisting of a quorum of 40% of the Members of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.).

These 20 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

New Jersey Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District383270
Pledged PLEO8614
Pledged At-Large121123
Total Pledged5849107
Alternate Pledged District9312
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large336
Total Alternates12618
Unpledged  20
Credentials Committee  5
Platform Committee  6
Rules Committee  7
Pages  4
Pledged DistrictObamaHon. Elease EvansPaterson, NJ
Pledged DistrictClintonHon. Caridad RodriguezWest New York, NJ
Pledged DistrictObamaMelvin WilliamsSouth Orange, NJ
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Alisa CooperLinwood, NJ
Pledged District 1ObamaMary M. SlomineMargate City, NJ
Pledged District 1ClintonDamon TynerEgg Harbor Township, NJ
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. John BurzichelliPaulsboro, NJ
Pledged District 2ObamaMargaret L. HurleyWoodstown, NJ
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. Frank W. MinorSwedesboro, NJ
Pledged District 2ClintonJoyce PowellPennsgrove, NJ
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. John H. AdlerCherry Hill, NJ
Pledged District 3ClintonVirginia BetteridgeRunnemede, NJ
Pledged District 3ClintonCurt JenkinsCamden, NJ
Pledged District 3ObamaMarie L. YoungCherry Hill, NJ
Pledged District 4ClintonSidney CampWestampton, NJ
Pledged District 4ClintonSheryl GordonColumbus, NJ
Pledged District 4ObamaJacqueline A. JenningsWillingboro, NJ
Pledged District 4ObamaRichard LocklearWestampton, NJ
Pledged District 5ClintonNilda R. FrulioBayville, NJ
Pledged District 5ClintonDavid SmithHowell, NJ
Pledged District 5ObamaRobert SternBeach Haven, NJ
Pledged District 6ClintonHon. Jack Randy BishopOcean Grove, NJ
Pledged District 6ObamaMyra L. CampbellAsbury Park, NJ
Pledged District 6ClintonSarah PalloneLong Branch, NJ
Pledged District 6ObamaJustin WoskaBrick, NJ
Pledged District 7ObamaTeresa M. BoyerHightstown, NJ
Pledged District 7ClintonHon. Elaine FlynnOld Bridge, NJ
Pledged District 7ObamaPaul P. JosephsenHolmdel, NJ
Pledged District 7ClintonGerard ScaranoOld Bridge, NJ
Pledged District 8ObamaW. M. BlumenthalPrinceton, NJ
Pledged District 8ObamaElizabeth "Liz" LempertPrinceton, NJ
Pledged District 8ClintonRay PocinoLawrenceville, NJ
Pledged District 8ClintonHon. Bonnie Watson ColemanEwing, NJ
Pledged District 9ObamaHon. Cecilia X. BirgeBelle Meade, NJ
Pledged District 9ClintonPeg SchafferBedminster, NJ
Pledged District 9ClintonHon. Parakash ShahBasking Ridge, NJ
Pledged District 10ClintonHon. Barbara BuonoMetuchen, NJ
Pledged District 10ClintonHon. Upendra ChivukulaSomerset, NJ
Pledged District 10ObamaHon. Jun ChoiEdison, NJ
Pledged District 11ObamaJulie DiazPerth Amboy, NJ
Pledged District 11ClintonHon. Joanne RajoppiUnion, NJ
Pledged District 11ClintonHon. Joe VasPerth Amboy, NJ
Pledged District 12ClintonTom BarrettShort Hills, NJ
Pledged District 12ObamaRashid A. BurneyPlainfield, NJ
Pledged District 12ObamaRebecca F. WiddickClark, NJ
Pledged District 13ClintonCristina DefazioMorristown, NJ
Pledged District 13ObamaKimberly HurdmanMorristown, NJ
Pledged District 13ClintonPhil SellingerMorristown, NJ
Pledged District 14ObamaGlynnis ForbesSouth Orange, NJ
Pledged District 14ClintonReggie JacksonOrange, NJ
Pledged District 14ClintonHon. Pat SeboldLivingston, NJ
Pledged District 15ObamaHon. Cory BookerNewark, NJ
Pledged District 15ObamaHon. Mildred CrumpNewark, NJ
Pledged District 15ClintonHon. Anibal RamosVoorhees, NJ
Pledged District 16ObamaHon. Sandra B. CunninghamJersey City, NJ
Pledged District 16ClintonHon. Sal VegaWest New York, NJ
Pledged District 17ObamaVanessa CzaplickiJersey City, NJ
Pledged District 17ClintonBill GaughanJersey City, NJ
Pledged District 17ClintonRitzy MoralezPassaic, NJ
Pledged District 18ClintonHon. Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.Nutley, NJ
Pledged District 18ObamaJeh C. JohnsonMontclair, NJ
Pledged District 18ClintonHon. Joe TorresPaterson, NJ
Pledged District 19ObamaHon. Gordon M. JohnsonEnglewood, NJ
Pledged District 19ObamaArline MillerTeaneck, NJ
Pledged District 19ClintonEsther SuarezEdgewater, NJ
Pledged District 19ClintonCid WilsonLeonia, NJ
Pledged District 20ObamaElizabeth JunodAllendale, NJ
Pledged District 20ObamaMichael KasparianHo-Ho-Kus, NJ
Pledged District 20ClintonDennis McNerneyHo-Ho-Kus, NJ
Pledged District 20ClintonHon. Germaine OrtizEmerson, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Richard J. CodeyWest Orange, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Joseph FerrieroHackensack, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Nia H. GillMontclair, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Linda GreensteinPlainsboro, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Jerramiah HealyJersey City, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonMichael W. KempnerCresskill, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Pamela LapittCherry Hill, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Nellie PouNorth Haledon, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Joan M. QuigleyJersey City, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Joseph J. RobertsBrooklawn, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. M. Teresa RuizNewark, NJ
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Philip ThigpenNewark, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Shirley K. TurnerLawrenceville, NJ
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Loretta WeinbergTeaneck, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonNancy R. BollwageElizabeth, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonLaurel BrennanCherry Hill, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaBobbi Brown-PlofkerMontclair, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaPatricia E. CamposNewark, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonSteven GoldsteinTeaneck, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonJanet L. GrahamLivingston, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonPamela R. HughesPrinceton, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Christie Y. HuhLittle Falls, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Lisa JacksonEast Windsor, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Mila M. JaseySouth Orange, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Karen J. KominskyLambertville, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaLydia G. MallettWest Windsor, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaWilliam MatsikoudisJersey City, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonMala R. MehtaNorth Bergen, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonLorraine E. MullenSuccasunna, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Margarita MunizNewark, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaJohn L. NeuAnnandale, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaAlessandra T. NorcrossCherry Hill, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Ronald C. RiceNewark, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Tracy L. RileyMount Laurel, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonMagdalena SpezialeWayne, NJ
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Mariano Vega, Jr.Jersey City, NJ
Pledged At-LargeClintonCatherine F. WillisEast Orange, NJ
Alternate Pledged DistrictClintonMichael MullerMount Laurel, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonRichard TolsonOcean City, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 3ClintonGwen DeVeraVoorhees, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 5ClintonMarta HarrisonLakewood, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 9ClintonChan LeungRingoes, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 10ClintonBarbra SipersteinEdison, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 11ClintonStephen AltermanIselin, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 12ObamaDiane ZitekMorristown, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 15ObamaShelly Ann D. BatesHillside, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 16ClintonHon. Tilo RivasUnion City, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 18ObamaJacquelyn "Jackie" E. JohnsonEast Orange, NJ
Alternate Pledged District 19ClintonJason KimPalisades Park, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMaysoon AbdelhadyCliffside Park, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonJane BidwellMahwah, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaSeth HarrisUpper Montclair, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaSamer E. KhalafParamus, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaBrian McGinnisCherry Hill, NJ
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHannah "Ann" TwomeyRutherford, NJ
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Joseph CryanTrenton, NJ
DNC National Finance
 Philip MurphyRed Bank, NJ
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Dana ReddCamden, NJ
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Brendan T. ByrneShort Hills, NJ
Unpledged Add-On Hon. James J. FlorioMethuchen, NJ
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Robert AndrewsWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rush HoltWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Frank PalloneWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Bill Pascrell, Jr.Washington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Donald PayneWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Steven RothmanWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Albio SiresWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Tonio BurgosJersey City, NJ
Unpledged DNC Member Joseph M. DeCotiisTeaneck, NJ
Unpledged DNC Member June S. FischerScotch Plains, NJ
Unpledged DNC Member Donald NorcrossCherry Hill, NJ
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Christine "Roz" SamuelsMontclair, NJ
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Jon CorzineTrenton, NJ
Unpledged Senator Hon. Frank R. LautenbergWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Robert MenendezWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeObamaMichellene DavisWest Orange, NJ
Credentials CommitteeClintonWilliam HarlaPrinceton, NJ
Credentials CommitteeObamaHon. Novella S. HinsonCamden, NJ
Credentials CommitteeObamaKeith L. HoveyPrinceton, NJ
Credentials CommitteeClintonAnna SuttonPlainfield, NJ
Platform CommitteeObamaRhonda Adams-MedinaPrinceton Junction, NJ
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. John CurrieRingwood, NJ
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. Meryl FrankHighland Park, NJ
Platform CommitteeClintonDavid V. GenovaMontclair, NJ
Platform CommitteeObamaGregory J. JacksonHackensack, NJ
Platform Committee Hon. Douglas PalmerTrenton, NJ
Rules CommitteeObamaHon. James BeachVoorhees, NJ
Rules Committee David EvansLindenwold, NJ
Rules CommitteeObamaHon. Albert GranellNorth Arlington, NJ
Rules CommitteeClintonJoseph A. Hayden, Jr.Hoboken, NJ
Rules Committee Kate HughesPrinceton, NJ
Rules CommitteeObamaPamela MillerHackensack, NJ
Rules CommitteeObamaSarah E. MorgenthauMontclair, NJ
Page Katherine HeddenEwing, NJ
Page Joshua HodesHoboken, NJ
Page Dylan PlofkerMontclair, NJ
Page Jennifer TaylorCape May Court House, NJ

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