Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Jersey Assembly Committee Set to Examine Moving Presidential Primary Today

The Assembly State Government Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider legislation (A-3777) sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) to move New Jersey’s presidential primary election back to June.
This is one of three bills (two in the Assembly and one in the Senate) that would eliminate the separate presidential primary, placing it back in June with the primaries for state and local offices. That had been the traditional date for the presidential primary throughout the post-reform era (1972-present) until the 2008 cycle. It has been estimated that consolidating the two sets of contests would save the Garden state approximately $12 million.

Governor Chris Christie (R) has signalled that he is in favor of the cost-savings. If the bill passes the Democratic-controlled legislature, then, it will likely be signed into law.

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