By Matthew Arco | May 17th, 2013 - 11:01pm
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ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.

Sen. Barbara Buono introduced O’Donnell to a crowd of Democratic supporters during the party’s conference. Passaic County Democratic chairman John Currie was there alongside Buono as she made the announcement.

Buono declared O’Donnell “will unite the party” and said she chose him as her choice for chairman because of his commitment to the Democrats.

O’Donnell will still need to be voted in to the position by state Democratic Party officials.

Two party leaders who expressed early opposition to O’Donnell, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, were absent from the room.

The announcement capped a day of speeches from top Democrats as the party rallies support for the person likely to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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"In many ways, Fulop has embraced McGreevey’s granular-level approach to retail politics, racing around the state to raise money for congressional candidates in South Jersey one night, showing up at a Morris County Democratic Party function the next. His administration has also awarded legal work to Weiner Lesniak, the Parsippany-based firm run by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, the Union County Democratic Party power broker." - columnist Charles Stile

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