Rutgers scholar Julia Sass Rubin is available to discuss the impact of political machines and ballot design on New Jersey elections and state politics.

"Any analysis of New Jersey's politics or policy should acknowledge that our state is controlled by political machines that use the state's unique primary ballot design, fragmented media, largely noncompetitive legislative districts and absence of any direct democracy mechanisms to amass tremendous legislative power and enable a range of self-dealing behaviors,” said Rubin. “While the national election and the pandemic have momentarily overshadowed state and local issues, they are likely to come back into view as we approach the spring 2021 gubernatorial primary and the redistricting process."

Rubin is an associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She completed research earlier this year on the impact of New Jersey’s unique primary ballot design.


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