With statewide elections upcoming this year, one high-profile primary battle is in the 37th District. There, Democratic Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson are vying to succeed the retiring Loretta Weinberg to the state senate. The contest has sparked new conversations about what it means to run on the party line in New Jersey.
Senior Correspondent David Cruz is the moderator of Chat Box and Reporters Roundtable. He's been a member of the NJ Spotlight News team since 2011 and has been covering New Jersey's biggest stories for almost 30 years. He's been a reporter and moderator of public affairs programs on television, radio and digital platforms for WBGO and WNYC radio and is the former editor in chief of the Hudson Reporter Newspaper group.